Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What does the amber Check Engine Light mean

asked by on

What does the amber Check Engine Light mean

A: The amber Check Engine Warning Light is loc...

The amber Check Engine Warning Light is located on the instrument panel. When this light illuminates, there is a problem with either the engine control system, the throttle control system, or the electronic automatic transmission control system. Your vehicle should be serviced immediately.

Tip

Like all warning lights, the amber Check Engine Light briefly illuminates when you turn the car on. The light is only a problem if it stays lit when the engine is turned on.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Smoke coming from under my hood.

Hello there, thanks for writing in. I would be glad to help you out here. Most likely you have a leak. When the vehicle engine is stone cold, look around the valve cover gasket for liquid oil and then work...

Q: I need to replace the crankshaft sensor. Where is it located in the motor?

Hello. Carbon buildup and other issues can cause these sensors to fail prematurely. You will need to raise the vehicle to access the sensor best. Once below the right, or passenger, side of the vehicle, you will want to look...

Q: My 2014 Honda Vezel shows a smart key system warning even though the key is within range

Hi, this problem appeared on 2013 Honda cars (Technical Support Bulletin 13-101), and may have been extended to 2014 models since the problem persists. If a problem code of B12D1 is also associated with this fault, the sub relay box...

Related articles

What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.