Q: Might be time for a tune-up

asked by on January 21, 2016

My Service Engine light came on, but it might just be time for a tune-up. I am not sure.

Service Light is on Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Hi there. The Service Engine Soon Light will come on for multiple reasons. Without knowing the complaint or code the computer has stored, it is very difficult to guess what it might be. I suggest you have a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, scan your computer for the Service Engine Soon Light and diagnose any codes received.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

My gas gauge keeps fluctuating from empty to full and everything in between.

The symptoms you are having may be related to a mechanical issue, or an electrical issue. If the problem is electrical, you will want to check the wiring terminal that connects to the fuel pump. You may need to drop...

Was driving then car would not move found 2 silver balls under car bearings i quess put it in gear and car will not move

If the balls are roughly 3/8th inch in diameter, they come from the CV joint at the end of the axle. The CV joint may be broken which would explain why the car won't move. Replacing the axle is a...

Car runs hot after short drive. Replaced thermostat and radiator fan assembly.

It sounds like you may have a water pump that may not be pumping correctly or may be failing. Generally, when a water pump is going bad, you may hear a bit of a whining sound combined with the pump...

Still burning oil - CCV replaced - No smoke at startup/while driving I'm burning through roughly 1 qt. oil every 600-800 miles. Al

Hello. You should start by checking your antifreeze. If your antifreeze is too low, your car could just be compensating for the coolant its missing. I always put 1/2 of a can of Seafoam in my engine before doing...

Rotten egg smell, all lights on dash board are on BUT the check engine light is off.

Simultaneous illumination of "all" warning lights on the dash while driving, when there is no underlying fault, indicates an electrical failure. That failure would have to be diagnosed in a warning light diagnostic. With regard to the check engine light,...

My Check Engine Light came on and the code read intake valve is stuck open

Hi there: Anytime you have an error code created, it is stored inside the ECU and triggers the check engine light. The only way to solve the issue is to have a professional mechanic to complete a check engine light...

Engine revving very high and very hard to brake

The pop you heard was probably a backfire through the intake. When that happened, it likely blew a vacuum hose off of the intake. Now the engine has a large air leak that is causing it to idle high and...

Hi, I got my car key stuck in the ignition on acc. My dad tried to get it out and broke the key inside it.

The ignition switch is the device you need to gain access to. You can remove the steering column's upper and lower covers to gain access to the ignition switch on the back of the lock cylinder. Remove this piece from...

P0171 and P0174 codes

For one, these codes are for a lean condition and are not O2 sensor specific codes. It is true that some of the newer Fords have an issue with the purge valve staying on, putting a vacuum on the system...

Related articles

How to Take Your Car Out of Storage
Preparing Preparing your car for long-term storage can be an involved endeavor, between draining fluids, disconnecting components, and removing parts. But when it comes time to take your car out of storage and get it ready for life back on...
How to Replace a Vacuum Hose
A vacuum hose is failing if the Check Engine Light comes on, the engine does not run smoothly, or the engine loses power and does not start.
5 Red Flags That Your Car Needs Immediate Attention
It It isn’t popular to think about, but you should be prepared for vehicle problems. Vehicles are designed and built by people, and they are only as perfect or flawed as the people who build them. That means sooner or...