Most Common Causes and Solutions for a Check Engine Light in Your Mercedes
We all know the feeling — you’re driving down the road, when seemingly out of nowhere, the check engine light on your dashboard lights up. What could it be? It can be very tempting to ignore that little light, but it can clue you in to some pretty critical issues that may be present in your vehicle.
Your Mercedes’ check engine light may have come on for any number of reasons, but this article is going to discuss some of the most common check engine light causes in your Mercedes. After that, we are going to guide you through the next steps you should take and the best place to go to get it inspected and have any repairs handled.
Loose Gas Cap
Always be sure to check your gas cap before you go into your investigation for the faulty equipment. Ideally, this is your only problem, which costs absolutely zero dollars and takes about 5 seconds to fix. The check engine light comes on when your gas cap is loose because of a leak of gasoline vapor in your Mercedes.
Bad Spark Plug
As spark plugs become dirty and corroded as they age with time, they may stop functioning properly. Bad spark plugs mean that your vehicle is not producing the amount of ignition that is needed for efficient combustion. That means your Mercedes is burning precious gas at a higher rate than it should, costing you money in the process.
Faulty Oxygen Sensor
Bad oxygen sensor? That check engine light is sure to come on. It may be hard for the untrained eye to identify a bad oxygen sensor, or O2 sensor. The most obvious way to identify a faulty O2 sensor is to keep an eye on your Mercedes’ fuel efficiency.
Oxygen sensors determine how much oxygen should be sent to the cylinders for combustion by measuring the contents of your vehicle’s exhaust. The ratio of fuel to air within the cylinders must be within a very narrow window for your car to operate at its optimal level, so when oxygen sensors go bad, fuel efficiency can drop by up to 40%.
Problems With the Car Battery
Some of the more recent models that Mercedes makes may have the ability to detect issues with the car’s charging system. Older vehicles will most likely not have the capability to identify and alert you of these types of issues.
Faulty Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter in your Mercedes is responsible for helping to reduce emissions and keep the environment cleaner. Your vehicle is designed to alert you when there are any problems with the catalytic converter by illuminating the check engine light. One way to tell that this is the cause of the light is that your car has less power, you notice dark smoke coming from the exhaust or you smell an odor similar to rotten eggs coming from the exhaust
Next Steps to Take
When you see that your check engine light has come on, you need to take action. Because you don’t know how serious the issue is that caused the light to come on, it can be a bit frustrating. However, this is just part of being a driver.
Some of the issues listed above can be remedied on your own — re-screw your gas cap, for example. Spark plugs are also some of the easiest parts on your car to replace, so it’s likely that you can fix this one yourself, too.
However, if these don’t cause the light to go away, or if you still have no idea what’s causing it to come on at all, you will need to visit an auto repair shop where expert mechanics can identify and fix the problem.
Come to Landmark Motors For Reliable Repairs
Landmark Motors in Bellevue, Washington is the one-stop shop for your Mercedes and any of the possible problems that may befall it. We have been in the industry for years, and we are confident that we will get your job done right, and we’ll do it all for a fraction of the price that the dealership would charge you.
Our customers mean the world to us, and that’s why we make sure we have only the most experienced and well-trained mechanics in the industry on our staff. Stop by our location if the check engine light in your Mercedes or other European vehicle has come on and you need it fixed.