My check engine light turned on. What does that mean?
On some cars it’s called a Check Engine light; others use a Service Engine Soon light. Still others just have a light with a picture of an engine on it. The industry calls it a MIL — Malfunction Indicator Lamp. All these names are scary names for the same thing… which actually, is something that most of the time is not very scary at all. Basically, the light means that the car’s computer has identified a problem in the system that needs attention, but what kind of attention? Your vehicle needs professional attention, from a professional technician. It needs to have the computer system scanned and checked to identify any areas that have shifted outside of the normal operating range. It may sound confusing, but in reality that light is just the computer’s way of telling you to have your car checked. It found a problem — often one that you wouldn't even notice during normal driving — and it needs to be checked before it becomes serious. When you bring your vehicle to Cloquet Automotive we will first scan your vehicle for codes that may be causing the light to turn on. Once we know the code we can then continue to run a diagnostics test to determine the specific problem. A diagnostics test is any kind of test performed to aid in the diagnosis or detection of a specific problem or symptom. Diagnostics is a part of the automotive industry that continues to grow daily. Vehicles continue to become more electronic and complex and soon it will be impossible to work on a vehicle without a proper scan diagnostics tool.