Depending on the problem, it may or may not be damaging to your engine to continue driving. For example, a loose gas cap may not cause damage, but low oil pressure or overheating issues can cause serious damage. If you are unsure what the problem is, it is best to get it checked out right away.
Let's look at the things that can cause the check engine light to come on.
A Loose Gas Cap
If your check engine light is on as a result of a loose gas cap, it is not likely to damage your engine. However, it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible to avoid any potential issues. A loose gas cap can cause your car to lose fuel efficiency and may eventually lead to engine damage if not fixed. The best way to fix a loose gas cap is to tighten it until it is snug. You can also try replacing the gas cap with a new one.
Spark Plugs Going Out
If your check engine light is on as a result of spark plugs going out, it is important to take care of the problem as soon as possible. Continuing to drive your car with the check engine light on can damage your engine, so it is best to get the problem fixed as soon as possible. There are a few ways to fix the problem, depending on the severity. If the problem is minor, you may be able to replace the spark plugs yourself. However, if the problem is more severe, you may need to take your car to a mechanic to have the spark plugs replaced.
If you continue to drive your car with the check engine light on as a result of overheating engine, it could damage your engine. Several things can cause a car engine to overheat, including a coolant leak, a failed water pump, a clogged radiator, or a problem with the thermostat. If the engine overheats, it can cause serious damage, so it's important to take care of the problem as soon as possible.
If you require engine repair, the team at Snellville Auto Center would be more than happy to take a look at your vehicle today!