If your check engine light comes on in your Volkswagen, it could mean one of two things: either a really simple repair like tightening the gas cap or a really complex repair such as fixing engine misfires. Either way, if the check engine light shows up on your dashboard, you should probably schedule a Volkswagen service and inspection and your local Brandon mechanic shop.
Computer diagnostics in Volkswagens are intricately engineered to detect when something is malfunctioning with the engine, even when the malfunction is slight and minor. However, to be safe, you should always bring your VW in for servicing at a VW-certified mechanic to make sure that your vehicle is safe to drive.
There are two ways that your check engine light will pop up on your dashboard; it will either appear in a steady state or flash at you. The steady check engine light means something is starting to go wrong, but you have time to drive your Volkswagen in to the mechanic. However, if the light is flashing at you, you should pull over and turn off the car as soon as possible.
According to Motorist, the check engine light could indicate the following service or repairs needed for your VW:
A blinking light usually indicates a severe engine misfire allowing unburned fuel to be dumped into the exhaust system. There it can quickly raise the temperature of the catalytic converter to a point where damage is likely, requiring an expensive repair. If this occurs, you should reduce power and have the vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Today’s automotive computers often try to compensate when there’s a problem: so you may not notice deterioration in performance, even though your fuel mileage is suffering and your vehicle may be emitting unacceptable levels of hydrocarbons and/or other pollutants.
At Auto Works of Brandon, we offer Volkswagen service and repairs right here in Brandon, FL, just outside of Tampa. When you need your VW serviced, come to our licensed mechanics who are VW-certified to take care of your vehicle.
Auto Works of Brandon
119 Central Dr Ste B
Brandon, FL 33510