Check Engine Light Diagnostics in Catonsville, MD
What Does That Light Mean? — Auto Clinic of Maryland
It’s completely aggravating to turn on the ignition and have the check engine light come on. There are multiple possibilities of what that light means, but the certified technicians at the Auto Clinic in Maryland are ready to help you diagnose the problem. If you are in Catonsville and see that light come on, come by our shop immediately. We have both the OBD-I and the OBD-II computers to diagnose your car. We are ready to set your mind at ease.
If you need to call and schedule an appointment, you can reach us at (410) 788-3838 or use the website. Our expert staff will correctly diagnose the problems and consult you on the best course to repair your vehicle. You can feel assured that we are here to take care of your car.
Most Common Problems
There are multiple reasons why that check engine light might be on. The most common culprit is a simple one: a loose gas cap. Not tightening the gas cap will send a signal to your car that something is wrong. If tightening your gas cap doesn’t make the light go off, it’s time to look at other issues.
Worn out spark plugs are another cause for the check engine light. When your plugs fail to send the proper electric signals to your car, the computer diagnostics will flag it. If the oxygen or airflow sensor is damaged or old, that will also cause the light to come on. Replacing it will fix the issue. A more severe issue that can cause the check engine light to come on is a bad catalytic converter. This is a repair you can’t afford to put off, as it can cause additional problems if ignored. Regular repairs and maintenance on your vehicle can prevent many of these problems.
The Car Computer Experts
The topic of car computers can often leave drivers confused, but it’s not so complex anymore. In the past, car computers were much more complicated. Before 1996, each carmaker had its own computer codes, and repair shops had to carry multiple computers. Now, car computer trouble codes are standardized for each make and model. The OBD-II comes equipped with all the standard codes. At Auto Clinic of Maryland, we have the computers ready to diagnose your car trouble. Our ASE-certified technicians are experts in reading the codes and correctly repairing your car.
We do understand the panic of seeing the check engine light come on--your mind will often instantly flash to the worst-case scenario. However, that may not be the case. It could be a problem with a simple solution. Come into our shop located at 6013 Baltimore National Pike. We welcome walk-ins during our business hours of 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Our technicians understand that the check engine light can come on at any time.