How long have you been enjoying the romantic glow of your Check Engine Light? Hey, it isn’t there to create ambiance in your vehicle; it’s a warning that says something is wrong.
Fuel saving tip: Many conditions that cause the check engine light to come on can affect your fuel economy, some very dramatically. In newer vehicles it might be a problem with your gas cap not being screwed on tight enough (or a worn gas cap), causing the vehicle to fail the self-diagnostic evaporative emission test. Always make sure you tighten your gas cap until it clicks. A loose gas cap can cause a false sensor reading that will make the check engine light come on. So if you verify that the gas cap is tight and that’s the problem, the light will turn off and everything will be fine within one or two days.
We advise drivers to resist the temptation to have someone “clear” the codes to turn off your vehicle check engine light. This erases important diagnostic information that your service technician needs to diagnose the underlying problem for the check engine light or any other pending problems that may be stored in the computer.
So if your date’s eyes are smoldering in the reflected glow of the Check Engine Light, take this fuel saving tip and bring it in and have us check it out.