There are few things that instill more fear than the dreaded check engine light and a trip to the mechanic. The first thought we all have is, “I hope it goes off in a second.” When it doesn’t, the next thought is, “Ugh, how much is this going to cost me.” Sadly, the answer to the second question is always, “A lot more if you continue to ignore it.”
Your check engine light is there to help you avoid massive issues with your car, from the engine to the exhaust system. When it comes on, it could be from something minor (like you forgot to put the gas cap back on) or a bigger issue. Without a mechanic using electronic diagnostics and their experience, you won’t know why yours is on.
It’s Your Car’s Way of Saying it is Sick
Maybe that’s too simple but when you get sick with more than a common cold, you go to the doctor. Your mechanic is your car’s doctor. They can diagnose the issue and propose the necessary repairs. When you ignore it, the issue can spread and impact more than what was initially wrong. Plus, because the light is already on, you won’t know when more damage is done or another issue comes up.
You’re Putting Everyone’s Safety at Risk
If your check engine light is on, the car isn’t safe to drive. You could end up in a situation where your engine completely dies while you’re driving. Imagine if that happened at rush hour on one of our bridges. You could hurt yourself or others through your neglect. Don’t risk it, take it in for a diagnosis.
Reduced Gas Mileage
Anytime there’s something wrong with your car you run the risk of reduced fuel efficiency. That means you’ll be spending more filling your car more often. Rather than put extra money into your gas tank, take it to a mechanic for a repair estimate.
Oldsmar Automotive has a team of ASE Certified mechanics on staff. We have the latest diagnostic tools and experience to figure out what’s wrong with your car and to make the necessary repairs. You can come by 3166 Tampa Road in Oldsmar and we’ll provide you with an accurate diagnosis and estimate. If you’d prefer to schedule an appointment, call (727) 784-3501.