Should I Panic If My Import Car Check Engine Light Comes On?

Posted by Swedish Motors on May 27, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Your check engine light is an important warning signal, but there is no need to panic if it comes on. There are a number of reasons a check engine light comes on. It can be something simple like a failure to correctly secure the fuel tank lid at your last visit to the gas station. However, because an import car check engine light is a warning of a potential mechanical problem, it should never be ignored.


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Many of the mechanical problems that can trigger your check engine light are comparatively minor. However, that doesn't detract from the importance of visiting a certified technician when a warning light comes on. That performance you love in your import car is the result of carefully engineered automotive systems working together seamlessly to produce a superior driving experience.

When there is a malfunction in that system, a part that isn't performing as it should, which places additional stress on the other parts within that system. Instead of a single part replacement, delay in repair can lead to additional problems and higher repair costs. So even if the problem indicated by your check engine light doesn't interfere with being able to drive the car, you still need to see your mechanic as soon as possible.


Check Engine Light Often Triggered By Fuel System Problem

Your vehicle's fuel efficiency relies on a highly precise fuel delivery and utilization system. That's why a loose, lost, or damaged gas cap can trigger your check engine light. The gas cap helps maintain pressure in the fuel tank, among other important functions. After you tighten or replace the gas cap, the light should turn off after 20 to 25 miles of driving, if that is the problem.

The check engine light can also be set off by a failed oxygen sensor, a part that measures the unburned fuel in your exhaust. That information is utilized by the computer system governing your fuel system to adjust the oxygen-fuel mixture to more efficient levels. A failed oxygen sensor can result in excessive fuel usage and significant damage to your catalytic converter and spark plugs.

The mass air flow sensor is another part that can set off the check engine light if it malfunctions. That part measures air flow into your engine, helping to determine the right amount of fuel to achieve maximum burn efficiency. Again, failure to replace this part in a timely fashion can damage other fuel system related parts, such as oxygen sensors and spark plugs.


Cost-Efficient Repair and Maintenance

 The key to cost efficient import vehicle repair and maintenance is being prompt in addressing vehicle problems and adhering to your suggested maintenance schedule. Treat your check engine light as the important warning it is, alerting you to a problem with sufficient time to solve it before it impacts other vehicle parts.  Contact us for more information about potential check engine light triggers.

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