Check Engine Light is On! What to Do Now?

You are enjoying the drive in your car and all of a sudden you see the light flashing on the dashboard panel. The light reminds you to “Check Engine.” One of the primary thoughts that may pop up in your mind is what could be the reason for this? The blinking check engine light is a sign that the car needs some tender loving care. A visit to the dealership is due. Let’s talk about a few common causes for this:

Spark Plugs or Plug Wires need replacing: Spark plugs ignite the fuel and air mixture, and the wires deliver the spark from the ignition to the plug.

Mass Airflow Sensor needs replacing: This device measures the amount of air the engine will need to run efficiently.

Catalytic Converter needs replacing: This instrument converts carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide, which helps protect the environment.

The gas cap is loose, damaged or missing: it seals and protects the fuel system. It also prevents the fuel from spilling out.

Oxygen (O2) Sensor needs replacing: This gadget measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust system.

These are some of the more common issues that need immediate attention when the engine light comes on. There could be other hidden problems which get best addressed when you bring your car to our dealership at Jenkins Mazda in Ocala, FL.

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