When you’re driving down the road and your check engine light suddenly illuminates your dashboard, a sense of panic tends to occur. But don’t let this little glow get under your skin! Your check engine light is actually there to help you, and the friendly, expert mechanics at RSK are here to show you how.

What does it mean when the “Check Engine Light” or “Service Engine Soon” light turns on?

Your car’s check engine light is a warning light that indicates that something is wrong – or that something is about to be wrong – with your vehicle. Cars have become increasingly dependent on their computer systems, or on-board diagnostic (OBD) systems, to keep them running at the optimal efficiency. As you drive, your car’s OBD system is constantly checking the various computers that control a majority of your vehicle’s systems, including engine idle speeds, fuel mixtures, emissions and engine performance.

Whenever the computer controls cannot adjust to automatically correct a problem, the OBD system records a trouble code and illuminates the check engine light on your dashboard. Your automobile can detect both major malfunctions and small issues, triggering the warning light to alert you before more serious damage or performance issues occur. That’s why it’s always important to pay attention to your service engine light.

The check engine light has caused a lot of confusion among drivers. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your car’s check engine or service engine lights, please don’t hesitate to ask any of the friendly auto repair specialists at RSK Automotive & Collision! Simply stop by, give us a call and we’ll get you and your vehicle safely back on the road in no time.

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