We’ve all been there before. You’re driving along when you notice a yellow light out of the corner of your eye. A quick glance at the dash and you notice the check engine light just came on. This warning can mean many different things from a misfiring engine, or broken oxygen sensor, to simply a loose gas cap.
When you see the check engine light it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. Although, it does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. Ignoring the warning could end up causing further, more serious damage.
MY CHECK ENGINE LIGHT IS ON. NOW WHAT?
The first thing to do is determine if it’s a serious problem that requires immediate attention. Check your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so.
Usually a yellow “check engine” means investigate the problem, while a red “check engine” means stop right now.