CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
Maybe Nothing, Maybe Everything
Bowie, MD started its life as a small railroad town with agricultural roots as well. Since then, it's become one of Maryland's fastest growing cities. Whether you're catching a show at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, watching a Bowie Baysox baseball game, or visiting the various parks, museums, or other entertainment venues, there's plenty to see and do here. But when the check engine light of your car comes on, enjoying those attractions can be difficult due to the fact that you may be looking at a major problem with your car. However, sometimes it's not as bad as you think.
Today, many modern cars will use the check engine light not only to warn you about a potential problem, but also just to remind you about a maintenance issue. For example, many modern vehicles will switch on the light every three thousand miles. This tells you it's time for an oil change, and once you have the oil changed the light will be reset. The light may also be programed to alert you to low fluid levels, and sometimes just checking and replenishing engine fluids like brake fluid, power steering fluid, or even transmission fluid will be all that you need to do.
Of course, that's not always the case and sometimes the check engine light does indeed mean that there's a more serious issue going on. Determining what the problem is will not always be easy, which is why trusting the professionals to take care of your vehicle is a good idea. Not only will they use the latest diagnostic tools to determine the problem, but they'll help explain the specifics to you and let you know about your options for correcting it. It may be nothing major, but taking care of your car when your check engine light comes on should be one of your top priorities.