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Check Engine Lamp

1996 to current OBD II vehicles Check Engine or Service Engine Soon Lamps Info

An appointment is needed to have the Check Engine lamp checked (must be 1996 - to current OBD II vehicle),

One of the most common causes is a loose gas cap. Some newer cars will have a gas cap light on the dash. The Check Engine light usually comes on after the car was filled up. The engine computer will run the gas cap test (also known as EVAP) under certain conditions. On most cars the fuel tank level must be between 3/4 and 1/4 to run the test. If the fuel tank level is full, the test may not run.

If your Check Engine or Service Engine lamp is flashing it is not wise to drive the vehicle for an extended period of time. Damage to expensive components may result, like a catalytic converter ($400 - $2000). Usually the check engine light will be flashing due to an engine miss which will increase emissions and can damage emission components such as oxygen sensors, spark plugs and catalytic converters to mention a few. The miss can be caused by a bad spark plug, ignition wire, ignition coil, poor fuel, plugged fuel injector, defective fuel injector or an engine mechanical problem. The vehicle should be diagnosed immediately to prevent extended damage.

For 1996 and above OBD II Vehicles Warranty    8 years or 80,000 mile (whichever comes first) Federal Government Warranty

Components covered: Engine Control Computer (PCM), Check Engine Lamp and Catalytic Converters are covered by the dealer for parts and labor if the above mentioned parts are determined defective. The repair must be performed by a certified OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) dealer for the vehicle in question (see dealer for restrictions). Some restrictions might be a salvaged title, vehicle has been modified or in an accident that damaged the component.