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Don't Let the Check Engine Light Turn You Off From Making Needed Repairs

Don't Let the Check Engine Light Turn You Off From Making Needed Repairs



The top 10 check engine light repairs from the annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index reinforces what the Car Care Council has been saying for years. Motorists who ignore the check engine light get less miles per gallon and could face costly repairs down the road.



"Many people fear that when the check engine light comes on, it is going to mean several hundred or more dollars in repairs, so they ignore the light and hope the problem goes away," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Data from CarMD makes it clear that not addressing the cause of an illuminated check engine light can cost you in terms of wasted fuel and more expensive repairs in the future."



When the check engine light is illuminated, it usually means that the vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. The top 10 most common check engine light repairs as reported by the recently released CarMD Vehicle Health Index are as follows.




  1. Replace O2 sensor(s)

  2. Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s)

  3. Replace catalytic converter

  4. Inspect fuel cap and tighten or replace as necessary

  5. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve

  6. Replace mass airflow (MAF) sensor

  7. Replace ignition coil(s)

  8. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge solenoid

  9. Replace fuel injector(s)

  10. Replace thermostat



"Following a recommended maintenance schedule and addressing small problems before they become bigger ones will help extend the life of your car and minimize check engine related repairs," continued White. "It's important to note that most of the common check engine problems negatively impact a car's fuel economy and become more costly to repair if service is delayed."



The Car Care Council's popular Car Care Guide features helpful information about the check engine light. Available in English and Spanish, a printed copy of the 80-page Car Care Guide can be ordered free-of-charge by visiting Car Care Guide.



Source: Car Care Council


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We've been customers for over 20 years and LOVE IRC! We recommend IRC to everyone who asks. No better shop in town!
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I couldn't ask for better people nor a better mechanic repair place.They are Epic all the way around.I was 400 plus miles and they still found time to answer my questions and refer me to the right people.
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This is absolutely the best auto service in Sacramento. I have been going there for 40 years, and have never been disappointed. I have referred all my family and friends, and they are as happy as I am.
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I was referred to IRC when I had an issue with my exhaust. From the moment I walked in I felt like I was in very good hands. Everyone was welcoming and Jim was very friendly and helpful. He showed me the problem and not only fixed it but improved the design. The cost was extremely reasonable by far and the repair did not take long at all. I will definitely recommend this shop to all I know!
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My dear Laurie and Jim,
I was driving around, doing my errands and noticing that just as Jim had said, there was considerably less noise when I was stopped because you'd already done some repair work, when I realized you hadn't charged me anything for that work! I think I'm getting so used to you taking such wonderful care of me that it somehow didn't register, and I don't know if I even said thank you. THANK YOU
Please consider adding the cost of the work you did today to the charges when I come in next week. I so appreciate your many kindnesses, but I also do not want you generous people to short yourselves. Of course I keep an eye on expenses, and I certainly appreciate it when you give me a bargain, but I also have a regular paycheck coming in now, and I very much want our transactions to be win-wins. Totally aside from the pleasure of your friendship, it's wonderful to be an IRC customer and know that I will be charged a fair price (when you remember to charge me at all), by a business that stands behind their work. I eventually found mechanics with similar ethics in Connecticut, but before I did, I dealt with two car repair businesses that were somewhat less than trustworthy. I'm ignorant about cars, so it took me a while to discover they were charging me high prices for poor work. I never take IRC for granted. Mom and my sisters and I have always been grateful for Jim Sr. and his wonderful staff, and now you two take such good care of me! I feel very blessed to be an IRC customer. Then, on top of all that, there is the delightful bonus that we've become friends. I'm so glad you're both in my life; I feel happy every time I come in to see you.
With great appreciation,
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Great and thorough service every time I take my car in. I do and would recommend IRC's services to anyone!