When most people think about car troubles, they often imagine the harsh grinding of gears or billows of smoke pouring out from under the hood. However, sometimes our cars can reveal problems in subtler ways, such as the check engine light. Our car diagnostics and repair experts at Greg’s Japanese Auto can pinpoint the exact cause of that pesky check engine light and other automotive symptoms in Japanese and Asian imports.
What is a Check Engine Light?
When one or more of your car’s sensors detect an issue, the onboard computer system responds immediately. The check engine light is a car’s automated way of telling you that something is going on inside worth examining. A steady light usually means the issue is less serious while a flashing light often indicates a bigger, more urgent problem. In either case, the tiny light can be tempting to ignore, but it is important to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible to avoid exacerbating the issue and potentially raising repair costs.
Diagnosing Check Engine Light Problems
While the check engine light may not look like much, a professional auto repair technician can determine the cause and severity of the issue behind that simple light. Here are just some of the possible causes for an illuminated check engine light:
- Loose gas cap
- Cylinder misfire
- Insufficient Exhaust Gas Recirculation
- EGR valve problem
- Faulty oxygen sensor
- Bad spark plug wires or ignition coil
- Knock sensor circuit malfunction
- Catalytic converter problem
- Bad mass air flow sensor
- Engine vacuum leak
Whether your car needs a routine oil change or a parts replacement, Greg’s Japanese Auto provides the best import auto repair. With such a wide range of causes, taking your car in for a quick check-up can help you get the problem solved quickly and correctly, saving you plenty of time and money.
Specialized Service and Care Near the Puget Sound
Our friendly, reliable staff is fully prepared to tackle all your automotive diagnostics and repair concerns with speed and efficiency. Greg’s Japanese Auto uses the latest diagnostic equipment to give your car the most accurate and effective service it deserves. Contact us today to schedule your next service at one of our 8 Western Washington locations.