If your check engine light comes on, get your car to an auto repair shop to avoid more engine damage down the road.
You’re headed back to work after the holiday weekend when you notice to your horror that your check engine light is on. Your temptation is to simply ignore the thing because you’re sure this means a major repair. And, by ignoring it, maybe it will just go away.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case. But if you’re lucky, it could be an easy fix - check your gas cap. If your cap is loose, that can sometimes trigger the light to come on. If it is loose, tighten it and see if that takes care of the problem. If not, then it’s time to come by Twin Tire and Auto Care to let our ASE-certified technicians have a look. The culprit could be one of many things.
Among them, according to auto.howstuffworks.com: a wet engine, a blown head gasket, worn out spark plugs or spark plug wires, faulty oxygen sensors, and loose or cracked hoses and manifolds. No matter what the problem is, the website says, “it's still important to get them taken care of. Even though the car could be driving just fine, you may be wasting fuel, putting out lots of pollution and damaging the engine. … Whatever you do, don't lazily slap a piece of black electrical tape over it and go about your business. Cars just need a little love from time to time to stay in good shape, and neglecting a minor issue could lead to bigger problems down the road.”
Twin Tire can locate the problem and have you on your way again so you don’t miss penguin feeding time at the Aquarium. Twin Tire has been the trusted auto repair shop in the greater New Orleans area for 41 years. We have branches in Marrero, Hammond and Harvey to handle cars and light trucks. For heavy trucks and commercial vehicles, try our Harahan location. We provide service and auto repair to all types of vehicles – traditional gas powered, hybrid, diesel and electric.
Twin Tire is also a proud sponsor of Toys for Tots this holiday season. We hope you’ll buy at least one present for a less fortunate child and drop it off at one of our three locations: 42296 Veterans Ave. in Hammond; 1200 Manhattan Blvd. in Harvey; 2195 Barataria Blvd. in Marrero; or at our commercial and heavy truck location, 5712 Jarvis St. in Harahan. Don’t wrap it. Just get it here by Dec. 13. Toys for Tots will take care of the rest.
In return, we have a gift for you: If you bring a new toy to any of our locations, you’ll get $7 off any service or a gift certificate for $7 off future service at from Twin Tire. Help make a child’s Christmas a bit brighter by helping us support Toys for Tots this year.