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Car Care Check Engine Light Advice

According to the annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index one of the most common check engine light repairs is replacing the oxygen sensor. This relatively minor repair can be costly if neglected, leading to as much as 40 percent lower fuel efficiency, causing further damage to your vehicle's exhaust system and adversely impacting the environment.

Vehicles with faulty oxygen sensors typically seem to drive and handle well, but the malfunction can dramatically decrease fuel efficiency and lead to costlier repairs if ignored. A faulty oxygen sensor means your vehicle is emitting more pollutants and if the check engine light is illuminated, it may not pass vehicle emissions testing in those states requiring it for vehicle registration.

A vehicle's oxygen sensors are mounted in the exhaust system; they monitor the catalytic convertor's operation and the level of oxygen in exhaust gases to maintain efficient engine operation. The best way to prevent an oxygen sensor failure is to follow a regular service schedule, including routine oil changes.

Unlike the past nine years of the annual CarMD report, costly catalytic converter replacement edged out O2 sensor replacement as the most common check engine light repair. Catalytic converters do not typically fail unless maintenance and other repairs are ignored or the vehicle is older. Average vehicle age has increased from 10.6 years to 11.7 years over the past decade, contributing to this outcome.

It is important that car owners check the reason for an illuminated check engine light without delay and make necessary maintenance to avoid more costly repairs, like catalytic converter replacement, down the road. If you find your vehicle needs service, call your trusted local repair shop.

Source: Car Care Council


what our customers say

Car troubles are literally THE worst. This company takes the stress out of it. Melissa made sure to get me the best rate on a car rental while my jeep was in the shop. Twice now. She also continued to update us throughout the process. Crabapple Auto is a family owned, trustworthy company!
J
, 01/25/2021

Honest prices and always accurate repair quotes. Crabapple Automotive really takes care of you and the location is convenient!
T
, 11/13/2020

I am a new customer at Crabapple Automotive. I brought my older model truck in for service (oil leaks, sloppy steering). I was given an estimate along with an explanation of what needed to be done and why the work was necessary. These folks were honest and on point with everything I researched on my own before getting Crabapple Automotive's diagnosis and quote. I will be a long time customer from now on. Great folks!
J
, 10/19/2020

I visited for an emissions test and received fast, efficient, and courteous service. The tech was knowledgeable about my car and the clerk was friendly and polite.
K
, 10/14/2020

My family has trusted their excellent work for many years and even though I live almost an hour south of there now, I still come up to Crabapple Automotive as much as possible when I need some work done.
Z
, 07/16/2020

I came here after purchasing a new vehicle. The owner is pretty nice, and knows his stuff. I have, and will refer people here in the future
R
, 07/16/2020

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