Do you see that glow as a helpful nudge or a challenge to your powers of denial?

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It’s happened to all of us, no shame in it. We’ve ignored the obvious and driven our cars into the ground. The check engine light isn’t a warning of impending doom but rather a glowing reminder of how tough American cars can be. “No oil, no coolant, no problem! I’m driving a Jeep. I got this.”

First, denial sets in and we ask friends for their uninformed opinion. “The grinding noise is a good thing right?” We justify the horrid screeching of our evaporated brake pads as “character.”

You finally see the light when your Tinder date refuses to take a ride with you because your car is acting more awkwardly than uncle Joey at Thanksgiving dinner. At this moment you decide, “I need to get my car looked at ASAP, but first let me swipe right one more time. Wow, she likes Amy Shumer, too. I’m in love.”

You have two options at this point: Take your car to a local shop or take your car to an auto dealership service center.  After your vehicle has been fully checked out you will find particular Chrysler service codes associated with your diagnosis. Here are the most common and what you should expect to pay.

Code: P0520

Description: Engine oil pressure sensor/switch circuit malfunction

What it means: Low oil level, faulty oil pressure sensor, oil pressure sensor harness is open or shorted or oil pressure sensor circuit has a poor electrical connection

Cost: Covered by most basic 3-year/36K-mile warranties (Non-warranty cost for diagnoses: $125)

Code: P0700

Description: Transmission control system malfunction

What it means: Basically, this occurs during shifting or when driving at steady speeds in the same gear, and often it means that the transmission is slipping.

Cost: Covered by most basic 3-year/36K-mile warranties (Non-warranty cost for diagnoses: $250 or more)

Code: P0300

Description: Random/multiple cylinder misfire detected

What it means: This code has detected that not all the cylinders are firing properly.

Cost: Covered by most basic 3-year/36K-mile warranties (Non-warranty cost for diagnoses: $125 or more)

Code: P0214

Description: Cold start injector 2 malfunction

What it means: Technically, it means the onboard computer or powertrain control module has detected a voltage reading in the cold start injector number 2 circuit that does not conform to the manufacturer’s reference value. For your car it means there could be a rough idle, choppy acceleration and perhaps an engine misfire.

Cost: Diesel engine warranty 5-year/100K miles (Non-warranty cost: $250 or more)

Code: P0457

Description: Evaporative emission control system leak

What it means: This code doesn’t affect drivability but should be corrected as soon as possible because it indicates that a vacuum leak is present and compromises the evaporative emission system operation.

Cost: Covered by most basic 3-year/36K-mile warranties (Non-warranty cost for diagnoses: $125)

At the end of the day, if your check engine light turns on, get it checked out.  Under certain warranties, some of these issues may be covered.  Think of the check engine light as your best friend who says to you, “I’m not a doctor but maybe you should get that checked out.”

Dwayne Lane’s Auto Family is a family-owned and -operated business serving the Puget Sound since 1954.  With multiple brands and several locations their goal is to treat all customers like family.