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Tuesday, Feb. 11th 2020

Car Diagnostics At Brookside “66” in Kansas City, Missouri, Can Help When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

Car diagnostics at Brookside “66” in Kansas City, Missouri, can help when your check engine light comes on in your vehicle. If your check engine light comes on, it can give you a feeling of dread. Is something about to go wrong? How much is it going to cost? Don’t panic — let’s look at why the light might be on and what to do about it
The check engine light illuminates when your vehicle’s computer believes there is a problem that could affect — or is affecting — your car’s emissions control system. When the light comes on, one or more diagnostic trouble codes are stored in the car’s computer. These codes will stay there even if the light goes out. To address a check engine light issue, Brookside “66”technicians can retrieve the codes by using an OBDII (the second generation of onboard car diagnostics) scanner and then troubleshooting to find the problem.
Car diagnostics at Brookside "66" help when your check engine light comes on.
If your light is on, it typically means the car’s emissions control system is faulty and the vehicle is polluting the air beyond allowable federal standards. A vehicle in this condition would fail an emissions inspection or smog check. A glowing check engine light alerts you to problems in your car’s onboard car diagnostics system that should be diagnosed as soon as possible. There’s no reason to panic and in many cases, you won’t notice any difference in vehicle performance. But if ignored over time you may turn a minor problem into a major and costly problem.
Don’t confuse the check engine light with the maintenance or service light. These lights illuminate when a routine service is due. They are usually triggered by mileage, gallons of gasoline consumed, or some other type of vehicle-use measurement.
A number of problems can cause your check engine light to come on, but some are more common than others. To properly identify your issue, call Brookside “66”, a NAPA Autocare Center, for car diagnostics done by ASE-certified technicians. Some of the problems that can cause the check engine light to come on are:
· Gas cap is loose: Tighten the gas cap. If you’ve lost it, replace it with a new one.
· Oxygen sensor is bad: You’ll need a new sensor — but identify which one is bad first.
· Spark plugs may be fouled or failing: Replace the spark plugs.
· Spark plug wires are bad: Try replacing the spark plug wires.
· Catalytic converter is faulty: Have a technician at Brookside “66” inspect and possibly replace the device.
· Mass airflow sensor is bad: You’ll need a new sensor.
For more information about car diagnostics, call Brookside “66” at (816) 333-0565. To schedule an appointment, click here.

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