Sabin's Body Shop
402 8th Street, Gothenburg, NE

Oh No…My Check Engine Light Is On!!

June 27, 2017

We have all been here. Driving down the road and the check engine light pops on. Most of us try hard to ignore it and act like it isn’t there. We hope that we will make it to our destination and when we come back out to start the car the light will be gone. Most of the time however, the light doesn’t go away, and we are so consumed with our busy schedules that we put it off as long as we can.

So what does that illuminated check engine light mean anyway?

In most vehicles all of the engine functions are controlled by a central computer. This central drivetrain computer controls most of the performance and drivability functions of your vehicle. It has been this way in vehicles since the 80’s. This computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that are monitoring the “health” of your vehicle. (Emissions, exhaust, fuel delivery, etc.) As technology continues to evolve, these computers continue to get more sophisticated, and have the ability to track issues in your vehicle at a higher level. Meaning if that light kicks on, then there is an actual problem somewhere, and the longer you put it off the chances of it getting worse increase.

What do I do about it?

You need to take it to a shop with a trained technician and the proper diagnostic/scan equipment. A properly trained technician with the correct equipment really helps take the guesswork out of diagnosing your vehicle. Its kind of like the doctor having good medical history on its patients, the doctor has a better opportunity to correctly diagnose the issue if he is given all of the information. When a technician scans a vehicle the scanner will come back with trouble codes from the vehicles computer. This gives the technician a trail to follow on where the problem began and what is going on now. These codes also lead the tech to the best possible solutions. Another option to help prevent these issues is making sure that you keep up with the recommended scheduled maintenance on your vehicle and that the maintenance is being performed by a trained technician. Many times a good tech can spot problems before they even occur.

Bottom Line?

Check engine lights on todays vehicles are a serious issue.  You need to have them inspected as soon as possible. The longer you wait the chances of it becoming more expensive increase dramatically. Here at Sabin’s we have the technicians and equipment for most of the vehicles on the road today. If your check engine light is on we would be happy to assist you in figuring out what the issue is. Your vehicle is one of your greatest assets and biggest purchases outside of buying your home, so make sure you take care of it.

Schedule an appointment today online by going to

We are offering free diagnostic scans throughout the month of July. Some restrictions do apply. See store for full details.

Sabin’s Body Shop and Service Center, 402 8th St, Gothenburg, Ne 69138. 308-537-5664

About the Author
Sean Sabin is the co-owner and business manager of Sabin's Body Shop. He is in charge of all car repair estimates, auto parts orders, marketing, sales, and finances.

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