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What to Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

It's not something you ever want to see, but your vehicle's "check engine" light is there for a reason. It is there to provide a warning that something is wrong with your car. In some cases, it may even save your life.

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

If your check engine light does come on while you are driving, it can mean any number of different things. It could be a minor problem or even just a glitch in the computer system. Or, it could be a sign of something major. Either way, it is recommended that you get the engine checked out by a professional automotive technician. Fox Run Auto is here to help with all your engine inspection and repair needs.

It's important to know that all vehicle makes and models might have different check engine light settings and other warning systems to alert drivers. In most situations, a check engine light that stays illuminated will mean that the problem isn't quite as urgent. It is still a good idea to pull over as quickly as possible and perhaps check under the hood for any smoke or strange sounds. Or, call for roadside assistance. If you do continue driving with the light on, you are doing so at your own risk. You should get the engine looked at sooner rather than later. Even if it is a minor issue, it could turn into a bigger problem if not resolved.

The Light is Blinking. Now What?

If the check engine light is blinking, that usually means that there is a significant engine problem that requires urgent attention. In this case, it is best to pull over immediately and call for help. Fox Run Auto will be glad to send a tow truck driver your way for roadside assistance and they can bring your car to our shop if needed.

How Much for Check Engine Light Repairs?

Whatever the check engine light comes on for, the automotive experts at Fox Run Auto can identify the problem and make repair recommendations. We will gladly perform an external inspection, though most check engine light situations require a diagnostics test to determine why the car's computer is issuing the alert. If necessary, we may need to do a more thorough internal inspection. Whatever services need to be performed, our service advisors will walk you through the process and give you a fair and accurate estimate before any repairs are performed. It's just important to remember that we need to look at the vehicle before we can figure out the problem.

Resetting the Light

Only your dealership or a knowledgeable auto repair shop like Fox Run Auto will be able to reset the check engine light. So, whether it came on mistakenly or repairs are performed to resolve the issue, only someone who has experience in dealing with vehicle computer systems will be able to turn off the light.

If your car's check engine light comes on, call Fox Run Auto at (302) 597-9205 or schedule a service appointment online. Most parts and repairs are backed by the NAPA AutoCare Peace of Mind Warranty (24 months or 24,000 miles), which will be honored nationwide at any certified NAPA AutoCare Center. 

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