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There’s a certain cold pit of dread that one experiences when the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT makes an appearance on your car. It’s a feeling that you’ve done something wrong, neglected something, and it is going to cost you big at the dealership.

But that’s a fallacy. There are so many reasons why you might be seeing the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT. It’s one of the hardest issues for an auto mechanic to resolve because it can be triggered by so very many different issues within your car. Some of the common Check Engine Light issues include:

  • Broken/loose gas cap
  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Low oil/oil pressure 
  • O2 sensor issues

The most important thing to do when the CEL appears is, Don’t Panic. If you haven’t been ignoring issues up until now, it’s likely going to be something small and manageable. The important thing to do is if the car is driving well without worrying symptoms, with no other indications of trouble, get it to Foreign Affairs now. 

We’re an independent shop that prides itself on our reputation for honesty and openness, and we want to be the service you rely on when you see that light. We’ll figure out what’s triggered the CEL with a computer diagnostic and a thorough inspection, and advise you on our recommended course of action.

There’ll be no pressure from us to spend more than the car is worth. We will never recommend any work that we can’t prove to you is actually needed. And if you can’t do the recommended repairs all at once, we’ll let you know an approximate timeline for when you should get the repairs you are putting off done, to prevent engine damage down the road. At Foreign Affairs Auto, we are here to support you and your vehicle, and we’ll do everything we can to get you safely on the road again.

If the dreaded CHECK ENGINE LIGHT jumps out at you, remember DON’T PANIC! Make an appointment today for the vehicle with the auto mechanics of Foreign Affairs! Schedule an appointment for service. You can find us located at 1681 N Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409.