Cars have become increasingly complex as the years have passed and they continue in that trend. Cars have become smarter and in a way, this has made taking care of and self diagnosing your car increasingly more difficult. Imagine being able to know exactly what your car is thinking behind that check engine light and knowing if you will be able to fix the issue yourself or if you will need to take it in to the mechanic for a more complicated resolution.
The Check Engine Light
The check engine light can be a frightening thing for a car owner. Not knowing what exactly that little light indications can be very unsettling. Just because the light engine light is glowing from your dashboard does not mean that it is your engine that is the cause of the problem. Car makers have set this light up to glow at the indication of a wide range of possible problems. So how is an average car owner supposedly to know exactly what is wrong with their car?
The average car owner probably knows very little about their car. An owner such as this would be so much more likely to rush off to the mechanic for a diagnostic test as soon as the check engine light comes on. Having a mechanic run this test can easily run a car owner a couple of hundred dollars simply for the diagnostics. This will not fix the problem. Also, some of the problems that can be indicated by the check engine light such as a loose gas cap can easily be resolved without an expensive diagnostics test or a mechanic.
Mechanics are in the business because they are good at what they do and they make a high amount of money that reflects that knowledge. This can make the price tag on any visit to the mechanic quite high. With the way that a "check engine light" is set up, you can end up spending hundreds of dollars to resolve an issue that could have easily been done at home by someone with very little mechanical experience. If you are like many people, money will be tight as it is and an unnecessary trip to the mechanic can mean that you will need to cut back on something else. Being able to know what your car is trying to tell you can keep you from having to give up something else just because your light engine light went on.