Mercedes Service – What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

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I used to think that the check engine light was the proverbial “boy who cried wolf” of my dashboard. I didn’t know how to check my engine, and besides, my car seemed to be running just fine. Then I found myself stranded on the side of the interstate, late for work, waiting for a tow. It wasn’t until then that I wished I had, indeed, taken my car in to have the engine checked out. Lesson learned. The ominous glow on your Mercedes-Benz’s instrument cluster is trying to tell you something: your engine needs a check up. Regular maintenance is always important to ensure your luxury vehicle stays at peak-performance, but ignoring the blaring signals it sends out could result in major issues.

The check engine light on your Mercedes is part of the onboard diagnostics (OBD) system built into your vehicle.  When the check engine light goes on, it means that the vehicle has identified an issue in the OBD system.  A variety of problems, from minor to major, can trigger the check-engine light to light up in your Mercedes, and according to Benzshops.com, this can include (but is not limited to):

  • Loose gas cap
  • Faulty fuel injector
  • Blown gasket heads
  • Faulty oxygen sensors
  • Cracked and loose hoses
  • Faulty mass air flow sensor
  • Worn out spark plugs and wiring
  • Emission control system malfunction

While whatever problem your Check Engine light is indicating may not require immediate action, don’t wait too long to get the issue assessed. Doing so could cause one small problem to grow into two or three bigger ones, if left unattended.  Of greater concern is if, in addition to the check engine light, your instrument cluster also shows a light for low oil pressure or high engine heat. In this instance, you should pull over and turn your engine off as soon as safely possible.

Addressing the check engine light is very important, even if your car seems to be running as usual. It is equally important that the person you trust to provide you with premium Mercedes service is qualified to do so. Auto Works of Brandon can solve any problem that arises under the hood of your Mercedes-Benz, as all of their technicians are ASE-certified Mercedes specialists. They will run a full diagnostic check with their state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to identify the problem your car has detected, and get to work resolving the issue so you can be safely back on the road.

Mercedes service and repair is the specialty of Auto Works of Brandon and they have worked hard to earn their reputation as one of the top-ranked Mercedes repair shops in the Tampa Bay area! The BBB has given them an A+ rating and not a single customer has been dissatisfied in over 14 years of service!  Auto Works of Brandon provides service that you can trust, so do what that yellow light on your dash is telling you: let them check your engine so you don’t end up like me, on the side of I-75 with an overheated tow truck driver glaring at you from the back of your Mercedes.  Give them a call today.

 

Auto Works of Brandon
211 N Kings Ave
Brandon, FL 33510-4303

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