Check Engine Light: It’s Not Your “Friend”

Check Engine Light: It’s Not Your “Friend”

Have you ever been driving down the road, listening to music and just enjoying the day when “DING” ….. you look down to your instrument cluster and your Check Engine Light is on? Should you pull over and shut the car off ? Should you immediately call a Tow Truck and have it taken to the nearest VW / Audi repair shop? OR do you keep on driving?

A vehicle’s Check Engine Light (aka CEL or MIL – Malfunction Indicator Light) can be illuminated for a variety of reasons. Did you know that the light can be RED or YELLOW and it can be a solid light or it can be a flashing light?

** TECH TIP: If the Check Engine Light in your VW or Audi is flashing = SHUT THE CAR OFF AND DO NOT CONTINUE DRIVING. Call a tow truck and have it taken to a repair facility. A wise technician once said that for every one time the Check Engine Light flashed, it is $100 …… let that happen a few times and it really adds up ! AND REMEMBER: Once the CEL is on, you don’t know of any additional problems that arise because the light is already on. 

So why could your Check Engine Light be illuminated in your Volkswagen or Audi? 

– Oxygen sensor

Cracked Hose

Fuel Cap is not tightened properly

Faulty sensor

Ignition system components

Mass Air Flow Sensor

Catalytic Converter

Engine component failure

Auto part stores make millions (billions) every year by selling parts that the consumer “hopes” will fix their Check Engine Light. Their thought is that if that part does not work, come back and try it with another part….. heck, they even scan your vehicle for free so that they can hopefully sell you a part or two right then and there.  You may get lucky or you may install parts not meant for your vehicle and the Check Engine Light remains. Or you could make things WORSE !!!

Your best bet is to take your Volkswagen or Audi to a repair facility that specializes in VW and/or Audi. At Das Autohaus, we do not work on every make and model like many other repair facilities. Our focus is on Volkswagen and Audi and has been for over 20 years. Call us at 803-520-8523 and we will address your Check Engine Light properly.