Monthly Archives: September 2016

On Again, Off Again

No I'm not talking about that relationship you're in, I'm talking about the “Check Engine, or “Service Engine Soon” light in the dash of your car. I know it was on a couple of months ago, but it has reared its ugly head again. So you bring it to your local repair shop thinking that it’s the same problem again, and you’re angry. “Why is this light back on, you just fixed it!” Your service manager reassures you in that calm voice that “we’ll look into it and let you know what’s going on.” What you don’t know is that the check engine light monitors many things. Misfires, which includes the spark plugs and the ignition coils. Fuel mixture, which includes the fuel injectors, the intake manifold, the crankcase ventilation system, and the oxygen sensors. Evaporative control, which includes the fuel cap, the fuel tank, vapor recovery tank, the evaporative testing pump, and the purge control valve. The ex ... read more

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