“Why is my check engine light flashing?”
Common reasons your check engine light is on and why you don’t (always) need to worry!
- What is the check engine light? A check engine light is one of the service indicator lights on your vehicle’s dashboard. It’s often an icon of an engine and may read “check,” “check engine” or “service engine.” for example.
- Why is the check engine light flashing? Each check engine light operates differently depending on the make and model of your vehicle, so always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual to learn the proper way to interpret yours, but there are some common ways your light will appear: The check engine light may appear as a steady red or yellow glow and or may appear to flash. These differences may indicate the urgency or severity of your vehicle’s issue, depending.
- What does the check engine light mean? Again, you check engine light is there to alert you that something happening in your vehicle needs your attention and may need to the attention of a qualified mechanic.
- Should I worry about a check engine light? It depends. Your check engine light may indicate a serious issue with a major component of your vehicle’s powertrain, like the engine or transmission OR it may be on to alert you of something pretty minor, like a loose gas cap. Generally speaking, if you’re experiencing a major issue with your vehicle, you’ll have other indications besides a blinking “check engine” light.
- Can I drive my car if the check engine light is on?Again, it depends! But if your check engine light is on and you have no other indications of a problem, you’re most likely safe to stay on the road. But be warned, a service light does suggest taking your vehicle in for a check-up soon and shouldn’t be ignored for long!
- How to turn off the check engine light:Don’t! If your check engine light is on, just take your vehicle to a service and repair facility and save yourself the trouble. In the Frederick, Maryland region? Whatever the issue may be, our qualified technicians at Krietz Auto are here to get you checked out and back on the road!