The check engine light comes on. You check, and what a relief, the engine is still there. Most of the time, this is how the check engine light plays out and that’s just fine. Perhaps it’s a minor emissions problem you won’t really have to worry about until it comes time to pass your smog test. Other times, that same light is an indication your car is about to have a heart attack.
A check engine light could mean you have an engine coil that is failing. Continue to drive the car and you could ruin your catalytic converter, which will cost you at least $1,000.
Technology to the Rescue
So should you take your car into your local Cincinnati automobile shop just to be sure? You could, but you also may get away with just using your phone. BlueDriver is a professional quality tool that lets you run your own car diagnostics using a smartphone, available in Android or iOS.
Knowing When to Call the Professionals
Simply plug it into your car’s On Board Diagnostic Port, fire it up and run your own diagnostics. You can do this in your garage and find out if the problem is minor or serious. Then you’ll know whether it’s time to call up your Cincinnati car mechanic and say, “Hey, when can you fix my BMW?”