Check Engine Light On? Don’t Panic! Frequently Asked Questions about Check Engine Lights!
A check engine light can bring a lot of worry and stress to motorists when they come across one in their vehicle. However, most of the time there is no need to worry! We asked our Shop Foreman and Assistant Service Manager Steve Young some frequently asked questions about check engine lights, to bring some ease to anyone who may be experiencing a check engine light in their Mercedes-Benz. Here is what Steve had to say!
Q: Is my vehicle safe to drive?
Steve: Yes, your vehicle is safe to drive. However, if you start to experience any other symptoms such as a rough running engine or poor acceleration, you should bring your vehicle in for service as soon as possible.
Q: What exactly does a check engine light mean?
Steve: So the check engine light often gets misconstrued as an issue with the mechanics of the engine. However, this is not the case. A check engine light typically is due to an emissions control device (a sensor) not functioning correctly.
Q: How long should I drive before getting the vehicle checked?
Steve: Ideally, you would want to get the vehicle checked as soon as conveniently possible for you. However, if you cannot get it checked till later, or if you cannot get an appointment immediately, it is okay to wait until an appointment is available as long as there are no emergency symptoms such as a rough running engine as mentioned before.
Q: Should I get my vehicle towed if a check engine light comes on?
Steve: As long as your vehicle is not showing any other symptoms, then no it is not necessary to have your vehicle towed in.
Q: Will my vehicle not start the next time I go to start it with a check engine light?
Steve: Your vehicle should start right up the next time you go to start it, despite a check engine light.
We hope this helps bring some relief to anyone who may be experiencing a check engine light in their Mercedes-Benz. As always, if you have any further questions or concerns our Service Department cares and is ready to help whenever you need us to. If you would like to make a service appointment now, click here to make an appointment on our Online Service Scheduler!