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Why has my engine warning light come on?

If the engine light has switched on in your car then there is something wrong in your engine!

The light will illuminate for a variety of issues, some may be big some may be small, however it is vital that you take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible as you will risk further damage if you choose to ignore the sign.

This simple guide will walk you through the most likely causes of your engine light coming on and what is likely to be required for repair.

It can be confusing to know what to do when the engine light turns on because there is no indication to what is actually wrong, you’re just alerted to that fact that something isn’t right!

Here are the most likely causes of the engine light coming on.

Oxygen sensor needs replacing

Oxygen sensors perform an important role in feeding information back to the computer that is in your car. The oxygen sensor helps to monitor how much fuel is being burned by measuring the oxygen levels in the exhaust system.

There are generally two to four sensors in each car so any one of them could cause the engine light to switch on if it is compromised.

The sensors will eventually get covered in oil and ash due to their location and as a result, their ability to communicate accurate readings will degrade.

If this is the issue that has caused your engine light to come on, you have got away lightly as this is an easily resolved problem, however, if ignored, you will end up with a serious repair job on your hands.

You could end up having to repair your catalytic converter which could cost well over £1,500 in parts costs alone, never mind the labour cost!

Fortunately, replacing the sensor is easy and can be done by looking in your car owners manual.

The sensors simply clip on and off from their location so make sure to do this at the earliest opportunity if the engine light comes on to rule this potential problem out.

Loose or faulty fuel cap

This may seem like an unlikely reason for the engine light to come on but surprisingly enough, a loose or damaged fuel cap will cause the signal to alert a driver.

Fuel vapor is extremely flammable and any leakage from the fuel tank will also effect the milege of your car.

That is why it’s essential that you screw the cap on securely every time you finish re-fuelling.

If the cap is secure but the light is still on, check closely for cracks and if you can see anything, have it replaced as soon as possible.

If there is no sign of damage, the issue will likely be one of the others on this list.

The Catalytic converter is damaged

This part makes up a section of the exhaust system and is vital for converting carbon monoxide and other dangerous compounds.

If there is an issue with your catalytic converter then you’ll notice an increase in the fuel consumption of your car and you will not be able to accelerate properly.

This part is mostly susceptible to damage if other parts fail, such as the oxygen sensors we mentioned earlier and spark plugs which we’ll come to.

If the part stops working, deadly carbon monoxide will be emitted from your car and you’ll be putting the lives of others at risk.

If the part fails then it will need to be replaced. Your fuel consumption will drop dramatically and is one of the most obvious signs that it needs replacing.

The Mass Airflow Sensor

The light in your car will switch on if the mass airflow sensor becomes faulty or breaks, however, it is possible to drive despite the part failing.

The engine light will come on if the air filter on the airflow sensor isn’t properly installed or needs replacing. You should be replacing the filter at least once a year to ensure the sensors work properly all of the time.

The MAS (Mass Airflow Sensor) is an important part of the car engine, however it can be faulty and not have a hugely detrimental effect on the car.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore the issue as this could lead to a bigger problem.

Replacing the air flow filter is a relatively simple job so it should not be an expensive or time consuming job for a mechanic.

Failing Spark Plugs

If the engine light comes on and you have checked all of the parts we have already spoken about, the final thing you should check is your spark plugs.

Spark plugs are in place to initiate the combustion in the car when it starts.

If they are failing, then you should notice some jolting when you accelerate.

Fortunately, spark plugs are relatively simple to replace and are cheap to buy brand new.

A mechanic will take no time at all when replacing the failed parts and this is actually a job that you may be able to do yourself, though we wouldn’t recommend it unless you have a good understanding of a car’s engine!

Other

The engine light in your car will come on for a huge variety of reasons and the ones we have listed above are simply some of the most common.

Even if you know what the problem is, its vital that you take your car to a garages as soon as the engine light comes on as ignoring it will inevitably result in you suffering from a more serious issue and sending more money on repair.

As soon as the engine light comes on, take your car to a garage to have a professional figure out what the problem is.

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