Check Engine Light in Ithaca, NY

The Check Engine Light Experts -- Autoworks

Small Light, Big Problems

The check engine light is a frustrating notification. It never provides drivers an idea of what exactly is wrong, it only tells us that something is wrong. When drivers see this part of their automation system go off, a flood of stress and thoughts fill their heads. From “my gas cap is loose” to “the catalytic convertor failed,” our thoughts flutter around because there isn’t a clear answer provided for us. That’s where the Autoworks team comes in. Our roster of talented, ASE Certified technicians has the perspective and precision to identify the issue and fix it. We’ll be able to tell you what exactly went wrong, how we fix it, and how you can prevent the same issue from happening in the future.

Understanding The Check Engine Light

When your check engine light goes off, it helps to have a basic understanding of what could potentially be wrong. There are actually small things that trigger the light that you can fix! By going through these small checks, you’ll provide yourself with peace of mind. Here are a few things to keep in mind when the check engine light goes off:

Loose Gas Cap

This is the ideal scenario when the check engine light goes off, and it’s also the most common. If this is the issue, make sure you haven’t left the gas cap on top of your vehicle, or tighten the cap. Sometimes, you’ll need to get a new gas cap but most auto parts shops sell them for around $15. If you leave this unattended, you could lose more fuel to evaporation and find yourself visiting the pump a lot more often.

Bad Spark Plugs

Your spark plugs are responsible for igniting the fuel and air mixture in your engine cylinders. If these aren’t working, you’re not moving. If this is the case, you can buy a set of plugs at an auto parts store for around $50. Depending on your vehicle, you may need one or two plugs so make sure to check that before making your purchase.

Though you can replace these yourself, if you don’t know what you’re doing then it’s best to leave the fix to an Autoworks technician.

Dead Battery

Your car battery is responsible for a variety of different functions in your vehicle. The headlights, car ignition, and even just charging your phone can all be attributed to your car battery. This is an easy fix as you’ll only need jumper cables and another car, though older car owners may need to work through a lot of plastic coverings to reach the battery. Fortunately, most car batteries today are built to last and typically maintenance free. If you do find yourself needing a new battery, expect to shell out around $100.

Schedule With Us Today!

When your check engine light comes on, you deserve to know what exactly is going on. There should be no ambiguity when it comes to your vehicle. Fortunately for you, the Autoworks team is here to help you out. Our ASE Certified technicians will help you identify the issue. Whether it’s a bad spark plug or a vacuum leak, our team will have the tools and technical expertise to fix the problem. Ready to get rid of that light? Give us a call at 607-277-9989 and schedule an appointment with us today! In a hurry and need same day service? We have you covered. Visit our shop at 1278 Dryden Road! We happily accept walk-ins!*