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Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Welcome, and thanks for visiting the Burke Centre Automotive Resource Center with video tips about vehicle maintenance to keep your car safe and at peak performance. Our goal is to help you make the best decision about car maintenance options to assure you, your family, and your passengers are safe...

Although most drivers are convinced their check engine light indicates dangerously low oil, engine overheating, or some potentially serious engine failure, it is actually engineered to monitor the safe functioning of the fuel-combustion process to avert a possible leak of dangerous noxious gases into the vehicle passenger cabin.

In 1996 the Environmental Protection Agency legally required vehicle manufacturers to include a dashboard malfunction indicator lamp, commonly known as the check engine light, in every vehicle in the U.S.. Contrary to popular myth, the check engine light only signals problems in your vehicle emissions system. The check engine indicator is just one of a compliment of computerized auto trouble detection systems. These increasingly high-tech onboard diagnostic, or OBD systems, are specifically designed to alert you to potential problems with your vehicle before they affect your driving safety or require expensive repairs.

As with all computerized automotive systems, there are other issues that can also trigger the check engine light - a loose gas cap, for example, or an excessive towing load. The highly-trained, ASE-certified auto professionals at Burke Centre Automotive can accurately diagnose whatever triggers your Check Engine Light and have you safely back on the road in no time.