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- August 14, 2017
It is estimated that one in 10 vehicles on the road has its check engine light on. This yellow or orange light causes stress for many drivers due to the amount of money it could take to fix the problem. Many drivers ignore the light, some going so far as to cover it with black tape (say what?!?). Obviously, that’s not the answer. Your vehicle’s check engine light is simply telling you the vehicle isn’t running quite right, which could just be a minor fix, i.e. tightening the gas cap, or something more involved, like replacing the catalytic converter.
According to CarCar.org, a vehicle’s check engine light, or malfunction indication light, is designed to keep the driver informed of any number of sensor failures or engine irregularities. Today’s vehicles are more complex than ever with sensors that tell its computer system everything from ambient air temperature to the amount of oxygen in its exhaust gasses. A vehicle’s emission sensors, i.e. oxygen sensors, mass air flow sensors and catalytic converters, help determine if your engine is running at its best, or if there is a problem.
The vehicle’s on-board computer, or engine control unit (ECU), then makes adjustments to ensure that the engine is running as efficiently, and cleanly, as possible in the given conditions, according to CarCar.org.
If your vehicle’s check engine light comes on, your best bet is to visit your mechanic so he or she can diagnose the problem. It usually costs around $75 for a mechanic to check the check engine light codes. CarMD.com noted there are also devices available that can be purchased by the do-it-yourselfer which can help determine your vehicle’s problem. But, unless you are a professional, some of the fixes could be out of the reach of a home mechanic.
CarMD.com listed the most common causes for a check engine light to come on:
The danger comes from ignoring the light completely, which could cause more problems than you initially had. For example, say your check engine light comes on because your spark plugs or wires need to be replaced. If this small fix is ignored, damaged wires and plugs start to cause your engine to work harder, which can cause oxygen sensors to fail, which can lead to damaging the catalytic converter, causing permanent engine damage.
While no driver hopes to replace an engine, especially one that failed from neglect, it does happen. Luckily PartCycle.com has the solution; quality replacement engines that can be purchased quickly, easily and safely. PartCycle.com has millions of recycled engines and remanufactured engines in its online inventory. A used engine is way cheaper than a new one, many times costing 50% less. Buying a replacement engine from PartCycle.com can ease the headache and stress of a major repair.