Mike left the dealership network in 1999 to start Smart Service. He wanted to get back to the basic premise of a face-to-face relationship between the customer and their mechanic, which just wasn't a possibility at the dealership level. Mike is currently certified as an ASE Master Technician and has over 13 years of prior Subaru dealership training and experience. He has over 21 years of overall automotive experience and attended the Shoreline CC Automotive training program in 1985.
Have you seen the light?
There are some exceptions to this "code" system such as a poor connection between the ECM and the sensor or other unknown. Your newer Subaru’s (1995 up OBDII) also have the ability to give performance codes such as a cylinder misfire or loss of pressure in the fuel tank. In general if your check engine light does illuminate STEADY, it’s a good idea to do a visual under-hood inspection of all fluids and anything that may be obviously loose or disconnected. Make sure the gas cap is fully tightened. If all looks good and the car is still running well, proceed to your service facility at your earliest convenience for a diagnostic scan of the code. In the case of a FLASHING check engine light it is advised that you shut the car off immediately and have the vehicle towed to your repair facility to diagnose the problem. The flashing light is communicating that the problem may be severe enough to damage the catalytic converter or other components on the engine.
Hopefully, now that some of the mystery has been unraveled on the check engine light subject, you’ll be better able make a better decision whether to interrupt your family vacation or just continue happy motoring until it’s convenient to set an appointment to have the code addressed.
Always feel free to call us or email us if you have any questions about your particular vehicle and a check engine light occurrence.
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