Your vehicle is equipped with a variety of warning signals designed to inform you of your vehicle’s status. Within that list of signals is one that has left drivers stressed and frustrated since it was first introduced as the malfunction indicator light (MIL) in the late 1980s — the check engine light. What stands out about this warning signal is its inability to inform you of what the specific problem is. It’ll only inform you of a problem and its severity. Fortunately for drivers in Hartland, Wisconsin, Silver Lakes Auto & Tire is here to help. Our ASE Certified technicians utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair tools to properly fix and rid your vehicle of this pesky light. Whether it’s a dead battery or a bad spark plug, we handle any problem that causes this warning signal!
When the check engine light comes on, the first thing you need to look at is the light itself, as this will inform you of the problem’s severity. Is it a steady glow? Or is it blinking? If the light is steady, that means whatever is wrong isn’t a major issue, yet. If the light is blinking, that indicates that something is severely wrong with your vehicle. In this instance, it’s important that you have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible! Continuing to drive could cause additional damage.
If the light is steady, the first thing you want to check on is your gas cap. Believe it or not, a loose gas cap can actually trigger the warning signal! Make sure that you either tighten the cap or replace it (they’re cheap at most auto parts stores) before your next drive. Once this adjustment is made, give your vehicle’s computer system some time to recognize it. You may need to drive a few miles before the light disappears.
If the gas cap is not the case, make sure you visit our shop as soon as you can! Our ASE Certified technicians will have an OBD II tool in hand to accurately determine the cause of the light and fix the issue! You can get your hands on an OBD II at an auto parts store, but they can be a little costly.
When the check engine light comes on, it’s important you understand what the problem is and how to fix it. At Silver Lakes Auto & Tire, we can help with that. Our ASE Certified technicians have the diagnostic tools and repair equipment to properly determine and repair any problem that may have caused the warning signal. Whether you have a question about our services or want to book an appointment, give us a call at 262-373-6732 or visit our shop at 30620 Hwy V V! We’re down the street from Merton Community Park!