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Honda Check Engine Light Display

Seeing the Check Engine Light in your car can be a sign something is seriously wrong under the hood, but without the proper diagnosis, the Check Engine Light can just become that bad feeling in your gut or the precursor to a bad day. Avoid being stranded, and take care of Check Engine Light issues as soon as they arrive.

The first step is a proper diagnosis. Most auto service and parts stores have a computer that can plug into your car and "read" the Check Engine Light for you via code that a professional technician can help you understand. Once you have a diagnosis, you can work toward getting the Check Engine Light under control - and turned off. Some common causes for a Check Engine Light even include simpler solutions.

One of the most common issues that may trigger a Check Engine Light is a faulty oxygen sensor. Most cars have two or four sensors, and most diagnostic codes will even tell you which sensor isn't functioning properly. It's best to get these fixed right away, as ignoring this crucial problem can lead to a busted catalytic converter and more dollars of car service.

Another problem may be a loose or faulty gas cap. Having your gas cap not fit properly or become loose or cracked may lead to decreased fuel economy and more harmful emissions, and this can oftentimes be one of the simplest issues to fix. When you notice your Check Engine Light, you should immediately check the gas cap, retighten it and examine it for cracks or deformities. If it still fits and the Check Engine Light goes away, problem solved! If not, gas caps are inexpensive and easy to replace.

You should also examine your spark plugs and wires in the event of a Check Engine Light. Experts recomment changing your catr's spark plugs fairly regularly, although frequency depends on the age of the car and the spark plugs inside it. Also, have a professional check out your car's catalytic converter. Keeping a catalytic converter in good condition is crucial to gas mileage, the healthy of the car and the health of our planet.

Oxygen Sensor

Faulty Gas Cap

Other common problems that can lead to a Check Engine Light being triggered include:

  • Mass airflow sensor fail
  • A wet engine
  • A blown gasket head
  • Loose or cracked hoses and manifolds
  • Sticky exhaust gas recirculation valves
  • Pinched or deteriorated fuel injector O-rings

For more information on your Check Engine Light codes, displays and resets, please consult the Service Department at Boardwalk Honda in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. We are pleased to serve Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic City customers with the best automotive service the New Jersey, Ocean City area has to offer. At Boardwalk Honda, our highly qualified technicians are here to provide exceptional service in a timely manner. From oil changes to transmission replacements, we are dedicated to maintaining top tier customer service, for both new and pre-owned car buyers! Allow our staff to demonstrate our commitment to excellence.