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You’re on your way to work, running late when all of a sudden the “Check Engine” light illuminates on your dashboard.  Should you drive straight to your auto repair shop or can you go on to work?  Do you need to pull over and call a tow truck?  First of all, don’t panic!  There are several reasons the check engine light may be triggered. 

What could cause the check engine light to come on, you ask?  It could just be a loose gas cap. A loose, cracked, or faulty gas cap can cause fuel to evaporate, thus causing your check engine light to come on  So pull over (as soon as it’s safe) and make sure your gas cap is on tight. If this was indeed the trigger, your check engine light should go off within 10 or 20 miles once you’re back on the road.

Aside from a loose gas cap, triggers can include everything from a damaged vacuum hose or ignition coil(s) to a failing catalytic converter to worn out spark plugs.  Most modern cars have an onboard diagnostic system that provides a code identifying the specific issue at hand.  The important concern at this time is to make sure that long-term damage isn’t taking place in your engine and that you aren't compromising the safety of your vehicle.

At the earliest time possible, take your car to a certified mechanic.  Technology is now available that will help your mechanic diagnose the problem easily. Whenever you see the check engine light come on, schedule an engine service for a diagnostic test.

Remember, don’t panic!  Unlike the oil light, for example, a check engine light rarely signals anything disastrous.  Although it’s okay to keep driving for a few more miles or days, the smart thing to do is get your car into your auto shop as soon as possible.  A timely engine service will let you know for sure what’s going on in the engine and avoid a potential costly engine repair.

Wondering what could cause the check engine light to come on?  Contact our ASE Certified technicians today at Elk River Tire & Auto for more information about engine service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop in Elk River, MN proudly serves residents in the areas of Zimmerman, and Otsego, Minnesota.

Wondering what could cause the check engine light to come on? Schedule an engine service at Elk River Tire & Auto for a diagnostic test.

You’re on your way to work, running late when all of a sudden the “Check Engine” light illuminates on your dashboard.  Should you drive straight to your auto repair shop or can you go on to work?  Do you need to pull over and call a tow truck?  First of all, don’t panic!  There are several reasons the check engine light may be triggered. 

What could cause the check engine light to come on, you ask?  It could just be a loose gas cap. A loose, cracked, or faulty gas cap can cause fuel to evaporate, thus causing your check engine light to come on  So pull over (as soon as it’s safe) and make sure your gas cap is on tight. If this was indeed the trigger, your check engine light should go off within 10 or 20 miles once you’re back on the road.

Aside from a loose gas cap, triggers can include everything from a damaged vacuum hose or ignition coil(s) to a failing catalytic converter to worn out spark plugs.  Most modern cars have an onboard diagnostic system that provides a code identifying the specific issue at hand.  The important concern at this time is to make sure that long-term damage isn’t taking place in your engine and that you aren't compromising the safety of your vehicle.

At the earliest time possible, take your car to a certified mechanic.  Technology is now available that will help your mechanic diagnose the problem easily. Whenever you see the check engine light come on, schedule an engine service for a diagnostic test.

Remember, don’t panic!  Unlike the oil light, for example, a check engine light rarely signals anything disastrous.  Although it’s okay to keep driving for a few more miles or days, the smart thing to do is get your car into your auto shop as soon as possible.  A timely engine service will let you know for sure what’s going on in the engine and avoid a potential costly engine repair.

Wondering what could cause the check engine light to come on?  Contact our ASE Certified technicians today at Elk River Tire & Auto for more information about engine service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop in Elk River, MN proudly serves residents in the areas of Zimmerman, and Otsego, Minnesota.

Kerry Bannister
Elk River Tire & AutoAuto Repair Shop in Elk River, MN

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690 Dodge Ave NW, Elk River, MN 55330763-441-2889service@elkrivertireandauto.com
Mon:7:30am - 6:00pm
Tue:7:30am - 6:00pm
Wed:7:30am - 6:00pm
Thu:7:30am - 6:00pm
Fri:7:30am - 6:00pm
Sat:8:00am - 4:00pm
Sun:Closed
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