Of all the various warning lights your Nissan has, the Check Engine Light may be one of the most frustrating. What does this light mean? How should you react when it comes on? Does the light mean that your vehicle is in danger? At Bravo Nissan, we are here to answer all your questions. Find out more about the Check Engine Light on this convenient information page; then, come to our service center and see why drivers from Inez, Bloomington, and beyond come to Bravo Nissan in Victoria for service.
The Check Engine Light turns on when your vehicle’s Engine Control Unit (ECU) senses that something related to the engine or emissions is not working the way that it should. There are many potential reasons for the Check Engine Light to turn on. Some of these reasons include:
These are just a few reasons the Check Engine Light may come on; there are many more.
The correct reaction to the Check Engine Light depends on what the light looks like. If the light is solid, it means that there is an issue — but it likely isn’t an emergency. It may affect your vehicle’s performance, emissions, and fuel efficiency, but it isn’t likely to put you or your vehicle in immediate danger. If the Check Engine Light is solid, you can continue driving until you reach your destination. Once you’re there, schedule a service appointment to have the Check Engine Light diagnosed as soon as is convenient.
On the other hand, if the Check Engine Light is flashing, it means that your vehicle could be at risk. Generally, a flashing Check Engine Light indicates that the engine is misfiring. A misfiring engine can damage the catalytic converter, which is an expensive component. If you experience a flashing Check Engine Light, you should pull over and turn off the engine as soon as you can. Then, call for a tow truck to take you to Bravo Nissan.