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What does my check engine light mean?

Many customers in Poway will ask me “what does my car need?” when the check engine light comes on. The short answer is we don’t know until we have one of our technicians at Poway's Accurate Automotive hook up a scanner and do a complete diagnostic to get the full picture of what is going on with the check engine light.

If you are driving around Poway and the check engine light is blinking, this usually indicates a misfire that can cause damage to the engine or emission system. If the check engine light is flashing, we don’t recommend driving the vehicle to prevent costly repairs.

There are some auto parts stores that will check the car out with a check engine light code reader, but that will only generate a fault code and not tell you the check engine light meaning. The vehicle will still need to be diagnosed by a trained professional, to make sure that the fault is verified. In the long run this will save you time and money.  

If you live in Poway, or the surrounding area, and have a vehicle with a check engine light on, or a check engine light blinking, we recommend taking it to our professionals at Poway’s Accurate Automotive to have it checked out. We will do a full diagnostic on the vehicle and pinpoint the issue, not just hook up our check engine light scanner and “guess” what part needs to be replaced. 

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