What is a “Check Engine Light is on” inspection?
Your Check Engine Light could represent one of hundreds of issues with your vehicle, from a loose gas cap to a malfunctioning catalytic converter.
In order to identify the problem—and get it fixed—you’ll need a mechanic to inspect the vehicle, primarily your car’s computer monitoring system.
How to inspect a car when the Check Engine Light is on
To inspect a car with its Check Engine Light on, a mechanic will follow these steps:
- Use a code scanner to determine the fault code and identify the problem.
- Explain the issue and offer you a repair estimate.
- Provide the necessary repairs or replacements.
- Turn off the Check Engine Light.
- Wait a couple of days to see if the problem resurfaces while you are driving.
Do I need to get an inspection when my Check Engine Light is on?
If your check engine light is blinking, the situation is serious. Pull over and stop your car as soon as possible. Have a licensed mechanic look at your engine to verify the issue.
If the light is on but not blinking, it isn’t an emergency. You should still take your car to the mechanic as soon as you can, but it should be safe to drive until then.
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