What is this Light on my Dashboard?

Seeing the Check Engine symbol can be a little scary if you don't know why, but the "check engine" light is part of your car's on board diagnostics (OBD) system.

When the OBD system finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it can't correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that's labeled "check engine," or "service engine soon". Sometimes, the light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International Check Engine Symbol.

In addition to turning on the light, the computer stores a "trouble code" in its memory that identifies the source of the problem, such as a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. If the "check engine" light illuminates, it will either blink or remain constant, depending on the problem. Either way, you should have the vehicle checked by the dealership.

You can always look up the meaning of a light in your Owner's Manual, but for a proper diagnosis and repair, reach out to our factory-trained Nissan Service specialists today.

If you can't find your Owner's Manual, Nissan has them all online for you.


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Blinking Lights: Take care of this now!

A blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, requiring an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power pull over if possible and call one of Anchor Nissan's service advisor's as soon as possible. The vehicle might need to be towed in to our service department.

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Steady Light: Check it out soon.

If the light is steady, the problem is not an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Today's automotive computers often try to compensate when there's a problem; so you may not notice deterioration in performance, even though your fuel mileage is suffering and your vehicle is emitting unacceptable levels of hydrocarbons and other pollutants.

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