Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

Thanks to sturdy engineering and advanced technology, more cars than ever are still with their first owners when they hit 100,000 miles. This is a major milestone in every car’s life, but it’s not one you can reach if you continually ignore your check engine light. 

It’s easy to disregard your check engine light and tell yourself you’ll get it checked out tomorrow or next week, but every day that you wait may cost you more money in the long run, especially since a check engine light can indicate something as serious as engine or break issues. 

Make sure you’re not left stranded on the side of the road with an inoperable vehicle by giving your check engine light the attention it deserves. Make a service appointment as soon as it comes on to avoid problems with any of these vehicle lifelines.

Timing Belt

Your car’s timing belt is a rubber belt that helps to synchronize the engine’s functions, like rotation of the camshaft and crankshaft. Since so many smaller functions rely upon the timing belt, the timing belt is essential to your car’s health and can cause excessive damage beyond its own failure. It’s a very wise idea to replace your car’s timing belt voluntarily before it breaks on its own, as this will save you time and money and keep you safe. 

Fluids

Your vehicle’s fluids are its lifeline, so you definitely don’t want to ignore any fluid flushes and replacements that are necessary. Since the simple passing of time causes the additives in fluids to become less effective, draining old liquids and replacing them with new, clean liquids is a simple and efficient way to keep your car moving. The most important fluids to remain current include oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. 

Brakes and Tires

For many drivers, brakes and tires are the easiest to remember because they are the most visible and obvious. You know that your car won’t go very far or stay very safe without tires and brakes that are reliable and efficient. Check your tires for signs of cracking, bulging, or uneven wear and be sure to rotate them every few thousand miles. Also, inspect your brake pads and rotors to see if replacement or repair is needed. You never know; with a bit of extra TLC, you might hit that 200,000 mile marker. 

As soon as the check engine light flashes, call (727) 823-5951 to schedule your service appointment at JB Import. Our ACE-certified mechanics are here to make sure your vehicle receives the service and care it needs to perform at its best.