What to Do When Your Check Engine Light Turns On

It’s a scenario that most of us dread. You’re minding your own business, driving over the snowy roads of Ashland, Oregon, and squinting through the low visibility, when suddenly you catch a light out of the corner of your eye. The check engine light is on. The truth is that the check engine light could mean any number of things, so while you should certainly take the situation seriously, there’s no need to panic just yet.

The first thing you should do is examine the light. In most modern vehicles, the light will do one of two things depending on the issue: blink or remain steady. If the light is blinking, that means your car has sustained serious damage, and getting it examined is a matter of urgency. The first thing you should do is identify a trusted provider of auto services, like SISKIYOU Import Services, and set up an appointment. Next, reduce your speed to prevent over-taxing an already faulty system and head there immediately. Note that in some vehicles, the light will turn red instead of blinking.

If the check engine light does not change in color and remains steady, this means that the issue is less severe. You should still visit SISKIYOU Import Services at the earliest opportunity, as ignoring a check engine light can result in increased damage and expensive repairs; however, you have a little more time to work such a trip into your schedule. If you’re confident enough, you can also attempt some troubleshooting. One of the most common triggers for a check engine light is a loose gas cap. Tightening your gas cap is a quick way to rule out a fairly minor issue.

In the event that you require further assistance with your vehicle, the team at SISKIYOU Import Services is ready to help. Not only can we provide you with swift, accurate diagnostics for your peace of mind, we can also go over what repairs will be necessary and answer all of your questions. To schedule an appointment at SISKIYOU Imports, you can visit our website, give us a call at (541) 482-8162, or simply stop by our shop during our available hours.

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