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What To Do If Your Check Engine Light Is Flashing: Stay Safe With TIRECRAFT

The check engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from your car’s engine computer that something is awry.

But what does it mean, exactly, and what should you do when it appears on your dashboard?

That’s what today’s post is all about. Read on to learn what to do when your check engine light is flashing or illuminated, or contact your local TIRECRAFT to schedule a free inspection and quote right away.

“What Do I Do If My Check Engine Light Is On?”

If your check engine light turns on and remains constant, you can breathe easy: you are not dealing with an auto emergency. Your check engine light will turn on for all kinds of reasons, even something as minor as a loose gas cap, so all’s not lost!

However, in order to prevent any serious damage or loss of warranty coverage, you should still schedule an appointment with your local auto shop as soon as you’re able. Even small issues can spiral into major expenses, so be proactive and get to the root of the problem as soon as you’re able.

For example, your check engine light may come on if:

  • Your oxygen (O2) sensor has failed—If neglected, your fuel economy will drop and your catalytic convertor will take a lot of extra wear and tear
  • Your spark plugs are spent—Replacing them in a timely manner won’t cost much, but it could save you paying for major repairs to your spark plug wiring, catalytic converter, or ignition coils
  • Your mass airflow sensor is malfunctioning—Fuel efficiency drops by 25% as soon as your airflow sensor stops working, which not only costs extra at the pumps, but also forces your engine to work overtime

The faster you act, the more you’ll save over the long term. So if your check engine light is on, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT for a free diagnosis and quote today.

“What Do I Do If My Check Engine Light Is Flashing?”

If your check engine light is flashing, your vehicle is not safe to drive. Pull over, turn your vehicle off, and contact your local TIRECRAFT straight away.

While the causes vary, a flashing Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) often means that your engine is misfiring or overheating. Unburned fuel may be getting into the exhaust system, which can cause catastrophic damage to the oxygen sensors and catalytic converter.

WARNING: Driving a vehicle while the check engine light is flashing is extremely dangerous. It can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s internals and lead to unpredictable vehicle performance. Don’t take the risk—invest in a tow to stay safe and prevent additional damage.

Schedule A Free Inspection And Quote: Contact TIRECRAFT

Whether you need a minor service or a major part replacement, your local TIRECRAFT techs are up to the task.

We offer a wide range of upkeep, repair, and auto care services under one roof, along with one of Ontario’s largest selections of auto parts and accessories, and all parts and labour are warrantied for 1 year or 20,000km of driving.

To speak with a TIRECRAFT tech near you and get a free written estimate, contact your local TIRECRAFT today.