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Do NOT Ignore Your Check Engine Light!



You’ve had a long day at work and you are finally on your way home. All the sudden, boom! The check engine light illuminates on your dashboard. Your initial thought is, “Oh no, I can’t afford a major fix right now never mind a new car!” Our West Hartford expert mechanics advise you not to worry! First thing, check your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place. In some cars, a yellow check engine light means that you need to investigate the problem and a red one means stop right now and pull over. If you don’t have any overheating or low oil pressure that is a good sign. 

When the check engine light is illuminated, it usually means that the vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Here are the top 10 most common check engine light repairs.

Replace O2 sensor

Replace ignition coils and spark plugs

Replace catalytic converter

Inspect fuel cap and tighten or replace as necessary

Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve

Replace mass airflow (MAF) sensor

Replace ignition coils

Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge solenoid

Replace fuel injectors

Replace thermostat


Many people fear that when the check engine light comes on, it's going to cost several hundred dollars in repairs so they ignore the light and hope the problem goes away. Not addressing the cause of an illuminated check engine light can cost you in terms of wasted fuel and more expensive repairs in the future.


It’s essential to follow a recommended maintenance schedule and address small problems before they become bigger ones. This will help extend the life of your car and minimize check engine related repairs. If your vehicle’s check engine light come on make sure to call the International Auto Service Center at (860) 953-1675 or email us at customerservice@iascct.com for an appointment today!  

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