If you’re like most drivers, you’ve probably been on the lookout for a check engine light (CEL) for weeks or even months at a time. What does that light mean and what can you do to fix it?
What is the Check Engine Light and what does it indicate?
If your car has a check engine light, it means that there is a problem with one or more of the car’s emissions systems. The check engine light could be on for a complex reason like a worn out air filter, or it could be due to something as simple as a loose gas cap. Whatever the cause, if the check engine light is on, it’s important to take action and have the problem fixed.
How to Clear a Check Engine Light
Though most of the time, a check engine light is just a warning, there are times when it indicates a more serious issue. In these cases, it’s important to get the light cleared so you can drive without worry. Here’s how:
1. Pull over and turn off the car.
2. Use a flashlight to inspect all of the engine parts for any abnormalities. Look for leaks or cracks that may be causing the light to come on.
3. If you find anything wrong, take pictures and note down what you see. Do not continue driving until you have fixed the problem.
4. Call your mechanic and tell them what you found. They will be able to diagnose and fix the problem if necessary.
What to do if the Car Doesn’t Pass Inspection
If your car doesn’t pass inspection, there are a few things you can do to get it back on the road. You may need to address any Issues with the Vehicle that were not caught during the inspection, or you may need to take the car to a Mechanic for a Repair.
Here are some tips to help get your car back on the road: