How Long Can You Ignore Your Check Engine Light?

September 3, 2019

Some of us dread the day our check engine light illuminates on our car’s dashboard because it can often mean a pricey repair is necessary. Others are caught up in their busy lives and end up disregarding the warning until they finally get around to scheduling with a repair shop.

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Let’s take a look at some common car issues that your check engine light may be warning you about, and what can happen if you continue to avoid your check engine light in Maryland.

Problems That Trigger Your Check Engine Light

Bad Oxygen Sensor – This key automotive part measures the amount of unburned oxygen that is in your car’s exhaust system. Using high-ethanol gas, ignoring repairs and maintenance, and engine problems can cause your oxygen sensor to go bad.

Loose Fuel Cap – Here’s one issue that can trigger your car’s check engine light that doesn’t require a visit to the repair shop. Simply checking and tightening your gas cap can fix the problem in no time.

Defective Mass Airflow Sensor – This sensor’s purpose is to measure the amount of air fuel needed in order for your engine to run properly, as well as the amount of air currently entering the engine. In addition to causing engine issues, a faulty mass airflow sensor can diminish your car’s performance and lower its fuel economy.

Faulty Catalytic Converter – Your car’s catalytic converter helps to minimize the vehicle’s environmental impact by converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. The most common reason catalytic converters become damaged is lack of proper vehicle maintenance. Ignoring your check engine light that’s caused by this issue can lead to a failed Maryland emissions test which will hinder your ability to legally drive your car.

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore the Warning

It’s always best to deal with any sort of issue in its infancy, or when you are first alerted of the problem. Only a small percentage of the time will your check engine light come on for a reason that does not require a repair of some sort. Most of the time, however, the engine icon illuminating means something is wrong that needs to be fixed. Waiting around and pretending like the light isn’t there can:

  1. Allow the problem to get worse, and thus require more costly of a repair.
  2. Lead to an accident and endanger you and others on the roadway.

At the end of the day, your vehicle’s systems are inter-connected, much like the human body. For example, when you stub your toe, your heart-rate goes up and other reactions occur within the body. Though your heart is nowhere near your toe, they can affect each other. Your car is the same. When one element of the system is not working properly, it will inevitably affect the other elements.

Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?

What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

If your car’s dashboard is currently lit by a check engine light in Maryland, call the professionals at Choisser Auto Service. We know that it can be easy to ignore your vehicle’s warnings and repair needs. We take pride in making the car repair process convenient for you, so contact us today and take advantage of our pick-up and drop-off services and ensure your vehicle gets the service it needs without sacrificing your personal time.


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