Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Usually, this light is a sign that the engine should be looked at sooner rather than later...except, it doesn't specify what to look at, exactly. Typically, you can rule out Oil, Brakes and Battery, since those items are covered by other warning lights. Once the engine has had a chance to cool down, open the hood and check for any visible signs of wear and tear on the belts, hoses and wires. Then go on to check the Air Filter, Radiator/Antifreeze Levels, and this may sound weird, but check the gas cap to make sure it's securely tightened. If you don't find anything right away, then you would want to make a stop at your local auto store and put a deposit on a diagnostic tool. The codes that the diagnostic provides will clue you in on what might be the issue. You can find the key to the codes in the car manual, a repair manual for your make/model or even online.