What Does the Mazda Check Engine Light Mean?

December 17th, 2018 by

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The Mazda check engine light is a way of indicating to drivers that a component may not be functioning properly and that further investigation is required. If your light goes on while driving around West Columbia or Irmo, schedule service at your nearest authorized Mazda dealer as soon as possible.

Why Is the Check Engine Light On?

If your new Mazda CX-5 or Mazda3 check engine light goes on, there are a few different vehicle issues that may cause this. Possibilities include:

  • There is a problem with the engine’s electrical system
  • There is a problem with the emission control system
  • The fuel tank is empty or extremely low
  • The gas cap is missing or not screwed on tightly enough

Additional Check Engine Tips

  • If the light stays on or flashes continuously, avoid driving at high speeds, and visit an authorized Mazda dealer as soon as possible.
  • Do not disconnect the battery cables if the light turns on. If they are connected and then reconnected, the engine could catch fire or be seriously damaged.

SKYACTIV®-G Engine Tips

SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY in turbocharged engines like the SKYACTIV®-G 2.0T or the SKYACTIV®-G 2.5T enhances engine power and improves operation. Its advanced design makes it unlike other engines, so there are a few things to keep in mind to avoid SKYACTIV®-G engine problems on Lexington roads.

  • After sustained strain like driving up a long hill, driving at freeway speeds, or towing for a long time, idle the engine for at least 30 seconds before stopping it to avoid damage.
  • Do not race or over-rev the engine, especially right after it’s been started, to avoid damage.
  • Do not race or over-rev the engine after starting it in extreme cold.
  • Change the engine oil and filter according to the Schedule Maintenance section of your owners’ manual.
  • Use only the recommended engine oil according to your owner’s manual, do NOT use extra additives.

Rely on Midlands Mazda for Your Service Needs

If your engine light goes on, browse our service specials before heading in to get a great deal at Midlands Mazda. Contact our service department or check out our service tips if you want to learn more about things like Mazda3 SKYACTIV®-G engine noise, how to get improved fuel economy with driving habits, and more! Also, check out the Mazda CX-9 performance features to see how you can enhance your %%target_coty_1%% commute today.

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