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What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

One of the most usually misunderstood lights or indicators in your 2017 Toyota Corolla is the check engine light. The check engine light is part of the onboard diagnostics system, and displays in a few distinctive ways. It can say "Check Engine", it can be a symbol of an engine, it can even be a combination of both. This light illuminates in either an amber or red color and is part of the diagnostics system found on your automobile. Onboard computers increasingly have controlled and monitored automobile performance since the 80s and do a variety of things for your 2017 Toyota Corolla. Some of these include controlling engine speed, shifting automatic transmissions ignition timing, and implementing stability control, just to name some. With that being said, the check engine light can suggest a variety of different things. It can be as uncomplicated as your gas cap being loose or as unhealthy as engine knocking. If your check engine light is on in your 2017 Toyota Corolla, contact Bill Estes Toyota. Our Toyota service department can help you find out what code is turning your check engine light on or diagnose why your check engine light is flashing. Contact Bill Estes Toyota today!

2017 Toyota Corolla Check Engine Light Codes

The check engine light turning on can be quite intimidating to see that little light on your vehicle’s dashboard quickly illuminates, but in reality, it is not something that should cause you to shut down in fear honest away. If you hear the term, diagnostic trouble codes (DTC), these are just another name for check engine light codes. These are automotive computer codes stored by the ECM, also admitted as the OBD (on-board computer diagnostic system) in your Corolla. There are hundreds of definitive codes that your check engine light can suggest. While that sounds daunting, with a few patience, tackling necessary diagnostics will give you apt knowledge about your vehicle and will also allow that Check Engine Light to do what it is actually supposed to do: be your guide. Unfortunately, conspicuous and practical vehicle symptoms do not always accompany an illuminated Check Engine Light. Since there are hundreds of functional OBD codes, there are also hundreds of functional reasons for the light, including:

  • Emissions controls issues
  • Computer output circuit issues
  • Bad Spark Plugs
  • Transmission issues
  • Old Battery
  • Loose Gas Cap or Missing Gas Cap
  • Fuel and air metering systems problems
  • O2 Sensor
  • Ignition system faults

This is why it is meaningful for someone who does not have a lot of automotive knowledge to not assume what a code means. If the engine light comes on due to a adequate concern, you risk detrimental your car extra by not repairing the issue honest away. Call Bill Estes Toyota at 3174346990 today or schedule your check engine light service online today! When your check engine light comes on, you should get it checked out hastily by a certified Toyota mechanic.

Check Engine Light Service 2017 Toyota Corolla

What do you do when you’re driving along in your Toyota Corolla and suddenly, a yellow light illuminates on your dash and says "Check Engine". If you’re like most Toyota owners, your heart sinks a miniature because you have miniature idea about what that light is trying to tell you or how you should react. The fear of the unknown (or the cost of the unknown) can be just as stressful. But take a deep breath and realize the light coming on doesn’t mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck, but it is recommended that you get your 2017 Toyota Corolla checked as soon as likely. Ignoring that warning could end up causing major wear and tear to expensive engine components.

When your 2017 Toyota Corolla's ECM (electronic control module), which is the vehicle's onboard computer, finds a problem in the electrical control system that it can’t accurate, a computer turns on your check engine light. This amber or yellow light is typically labeled “check engine” or “service engine soon”, or the light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, or a picture of the engine with the word “check.”

When the light turns on, the ECM stores an engine code or “trouble code” in its memory that identifies as the issue, whether it's a sensor or a failing engine part. This code is find out with an electronic scan tool that is used by our Toyota auto repair mechanics at Bill Estes Toyota. There are also a number of relatively decent code readers that are designed for do-it-yourselfers, should you choose that route too. While this code will tell you the issue that is detected, a true diagnosis still requires an experienced professional to indicate the issue and repair it.

How many miles can you drive with the check engine light?

It could be anything from a bad sensor to plug wires needing to be changed. If you check engine light is twinkling, we recommend that you pull over and contact Bill Estes Toyota to assist convenience if your vehicle is safe to drive in or if we recommend a tow truck. The safest bet is to decipher the code and then plan your strategy accordingly. Since any check engine code has its own level of severity, it is difficult to predict how copious miles you can drive with the warning light on.

What could cause the check engine light to come on in a 2017 Toyota Corolla?

When your check engine light comes on, this could be as pure as tightening or replacing your gas cap. Likewise, the check engine light could also be a warning of a serious problem that could cause serious damage to your engine and come with a profound repair bill. Depending on your make and model, the check engine light will illuminate or blink. A steady glow naturally means something less serious but a flashing check engine light hints that your vehicle’s engine is in serious trouble and service is basic shortly. If your check engine light is flashing in your 2017 Toyota Corolla, we tremendously recommend not to drive the vehicle and schedule Toyota service today. Below is a list of the most favorite reasons your check engine light can come on:

  • Your mass airflow sensor (known as MAF) needs to be changed. The mass airflow sensor in your Toyota Corolla is what determines how much fuel is needed to run your engine efficiently by measuring the amount of air entering the engine. As a part of the engine management system, the mass airflow sensor helps adjust to confident changes, like altitude. If your Toyota Corolla is having trouble starting, idling rough or has a bitter change in the position of the throttle pedal, this could be a sign of a bad mass airflow sensor.
  • Your O2 Sensor (Oxygen Sensor) needs to be changed. The Oxygen sensor, admitted as the O2 sensor, measures the amount of oxygen in your exhaust system. If there is excess oxygen in your exhaust system, fuel burns faster and your vehicle will be fewer factual when it comes to fuel economy. So what happens if I don’t replace your O2 sensor? A faulty sensor can not only affect your miles per gallon, but it can cause damage to your catalytic converter and your 2017 Toyota Corolla's spark plugs. The O2 sensor sends data to the vehicle’s onboard computer to read the proper mixture of air and fuel that enters the cylinders in your engine. A bad O2 sensor can also cause a car to fail an emissions test.
  • Issues with any aftermarket items. An aftermarket alarm, exhaust or distinctive item can wreak havoc on your 2017 Toyota Corolla if it’s not installed properly. These aftermarket parts and accessories can ditch the battery, trigger the check engine light, or even hinder the vehicle from starting. If these issues sound routine, deliver your Corolla to Toyota and have our team of certified mechanics ensure that your aftermarket items were installed properly and aren't causing any issue. Getting accessories, especially aftermarket parts and accessories, or using OEM parts first place might cost a little bit more but could save you money from having to get poor work and damage caused by poor installation work corrected.
  • Your catalytic converter is bad or going bad. The catalytic converter is a part of your 2017 Toyota Corolla’s exhaust system. The catalytic converter's function is to turn the carbon monoxide created by the combustion process into carbon dioxide. A damaged catalytic converter is usually caused by neglected maintenance, which is why Bill Estes Toyota offers a complimentary multi-point inspection with every Toyota service. If you have an issue with your catalytic converter and don't get it repaired, your 2017 Toyota Corolla will not pass an emissions test, show a lack of engine performance and will negatively affect your fuel economy. Your car may run at a higher temperature, too, which can cause distinctive problems from overheating.
  • New Spark Plugs or Plug Wires are needed for your 2017 Toyota Corolla. The spark plugs are the part of your engine that ignites the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber of your vehicle. This explosion is what moves the pistons and makes the engine run. The spark plug wires deliver the spark from the ignition coil to the spark plugs. If your spark plugs or spark plug wires are bad or classical, you will experience poor performance and reduced power. In some extreme cases, your engine will have trouble starting or continuing to run. Worn spark plugs and plug wires can cause clogged catalytic converter or damage to ignition coils and O2 sensors, finest to more expensive repairs.
  • The battery is low or dead. The battery in your 2017 Toyota Corolla is every compatible. Without a car battery, your car won’t start, light up the road ahead, play the radio or charge your phone. Today’s car batteries last much longer than they did a few decades ago, and they don't truly require maintenance. The price of a new one depends on the type of Toyota you drive, but check our famous service coupons and specials.
  • Your 2017 Toyota Corolla has a vacuum leak. Every Toyota Corolla has a vacuum system that performs a extensive variety of functions. The vacuum system also helps lower harmful emissions by routing the fumes as gasoline evaporates through the engine. If you notice that your RPM is high in idle or randomly surges, a vacuum leak could be the cause. Over time, vacuum hoses can dry out and crack, especially if they’re exposed to important heat or extreme freezing.
  • One of the most routine and frequent cause is that your 2017 Toyota Corolla gas cap is loose, damaged or missing. The gas cap for your 2017 Toyota Corolla serves multiple purposes. It prevents gas fumes from being released when you aren't driving, it seals the fuel system and helps maintain pressure within the fuel tank. What happens if you have a bad fuel cap? If your gas cap is classical or has a ruptured seal, you can lose fuel through evaporation which will result in more trips to the pump. Luckily, to replace a gas cap isn't expensive. If your check engine light turns on rapidly after you put gas in your 2017 Toyota Corolla, first thing you should check is to make sure the cap isn’t loose — or that it's still on your car’s roof or at the fuel pump.

2017 Toyota Corolla Check Engine Light

A flashing light hints that the problem is harsh and if not taken care of quickly may result in major damage to the vehicle. If the check engine light in your 2017 Toyota Corolla starts flashing, that means that the problem needs quick attention and your Toyota should be brought in quickly. This blinking light ordinarily indicates a strict engine misfire allowing unburned fuel to be ditched into the exhaust system. There it can quickly expand the temperature of the catalytic converter to a point where damage is feasible, requiring an costly repair. A Few owners ask if spark plugs cause the check engine light to flash? This can strictly be the cause. A combative, classic or dirty spark plug can cause the engine to misfire. If your check engine light is shining, please contact our team of automotive experts at Bill Estes Toyota suddenly by calling 3174346990. If the problem is ignored or you continue to drive, this can spread to the spark plug wires, catalytic converter, or ignition coils which can lead to a very expensive repair.

How much does it cost to get the engine light checked?

The check engine light warns of issues ranging from a gas cap that's not correctly tightened to a more serious failure like a bad catalytic converter or a problem with one of the car's oxygen sensors, so it terrific to get the accessible code reading and diagnosis. The average cost for a check engine light diagnosis & testing is ordinarily between $88 and $111. The terrific news, Bill Estes Toyota offers complimentary multi-point inspections and free diagnostics, in most cases, to help determine the cause of your check engine light.

Will the check engine light reset itself?

The check engine light on your 2017 Toyota Corolla will ordinarily shut itself off if the issue or code that caused it to turn on is fixed. For example, if the cause of your check engine light coming on was a loose gas cap, if it's tightened, the light will turn itself off. Likewise, if your catalytic converter is going honorable, and you did a lot of stop-and-go driving, that may have turned on the check engine light due to the high usage of the converter. In most cases, your 2017 Toyota Corolla light will go off after about 20-40 miles. If you drive over that deposit and the light is still on, you will need to bring it in to Bill Estes Toyota so the light and code can be double-checked and reset.

2017 Toyota Corolla Check Engine Light Flashing

Although there are countless potential causes of an illuminated Check Engine Light, we know from years of providing Check Engine Light Diagnosis Service that there are frequent normal causes incorporating something as classic as a loose gas cap. Different normal reasons for a Check Engine Light are faulty head gasket, dirty mass airflow sensor, a malfunction with the fuel injection system, damaged oxygen sensor, faulty emissions control part, or defective spark plugs to name a little. No matter what is the root cause of the Check Engine Light, we have the Toyota Certified Technicians and the certified service protocol to isolate the root problem and repair it as necessary to restore factory specifications. When this happens, the Check Engine Light turns off, and you can leave the service center knowing that your Toyota issue was repaired.

Every 2017 Toyota Corolla was designed with a high-technology performance monitoring system with a computer, and a series of sensors positioned strategically throughout the vehicle on its hard systems. The sensors are continually detecting conditions while sending data to the mechanical control squad. If the mechanical control squad detects that the data is out of factory specifications, the Check Engine Light illuminates telling you that there is a problem. However, that is the limitation of the Check Engine Light – it won’t tell you what precisely is guilty nor what to do about it. That’s where we come in; Bill Estes Toyota provides a Check Engine Light Diagnosis Service that isolates the core problem and gives you a recommendation on what to do next from a Tremendously Qualified Service trained.

Is it safe to drive your 2017 Toyota Corolla with the check engine light on?

This question is not very apparent because it any depends on the severity of the issue. If the cause is a minor issue, such as a loose gas cap, it should be safe to drive. This is frequently indicated by a steady glow of the check engine light. If you notice a difference in the performance of the vehicle, it could be an indication of a more rigid problem. If the check engine light is flashing, this means that there is a rigid issue and it is recommended to service your Toyota Corolla immediately. Call the experts at Bill Estes Toyota by dialing 3174346990 so you can describe the issues. Or reduce your speed and bring your 2017 Toyota to our certified mechanics as soon as consistent.