Brandon Auto Repair

Brandon FL Mechanic Tips: Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

Here at Clarke Automotive, we've been proudly servicing the Brandon FL area's automotive repair and service needs for over 30 years. If you're looking for a Brandon FL mechanic, don't waste your time on the other guys when you could be coming to Clarke Automotive. We have a lot of customers come in who have been driving around with their check engine light on. While a check engine light could simply mean that your computer needs to be reset, it could mean a few things that are much more complicated.

1. Your oxygen sensor may need to be replaced. Your O2 sensor measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust system of your vehicle. If you don't replace your oxygen filter, your engine will burn more fuel than you need it to resulting in loss of fuel economy.

2. Your gas cap may be loose, damaged, or even missing. Remember, your gas cap seals the fuel system and helps maintain pressure within your fuel tank. Plus, it prevents gas fumes from being released into the atmosphere when you're not driving. If you don't fix your gas cap, you may be making more trips to the gas pump than you'd like.

3. Your catalytic converter may need to be replaced. This helps protect the environment from harmful emissions by converting carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide. You won't pass an emissions test with a faulty catalytic converter and you may experience reduced fuel economy and performance.

If your check engine light is on, make an appointment with Clarke Automotive, your local Brandon FL mechanic, today!

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