The “check engine” light is there to help warn drivers of a problem with their car’s engine and other related systems…
A few facts:
- In 1969, Volkswagen introduced the first on-board computer system with scanning capability in its fuel-injected Type 3 models.
- 82% of U.S. adults who own or lease a vehicle are more focused on extending the life of their current vehicle than they have been with past vehicles, according to 2010 CarMD / Harris Interactive survey.
- Top reasons adult car owners have put off repairs include: lack of money (65%), lack of time (34%), didn’t think it was serious (28%) and afraid to find out what the problem was (12%).
- 80% of vehicles are in need of service or repairs right now; more than 9 million U.S. drivers alone have ignored their car’s “check engine” light for three months or more.
- The #1 reason for “check engine” problems is a faulty oxygen (O2) sensor, which can reduce your gas mileage by as much as 40%.
- You will not pass a state emissions test if you have a “check engine” light on.