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Dodge Dakota Check Engine Light Diagnosis

The check engine warning light is like a catch all for everything that can go wrong with your car. It can alert you of anything from a minor issue to a more serious issue.

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Dodge Dakota Check Engine Light Diagnosis

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2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8 SLT
160,000 miles
Shannon J  • 
August 3, 2020 11:29 PM  • 
Fair Oaks CA 95628
1.70  hrs
1.30  hrs
1999 Dodge Dakota
110,000 miles
Steven S  • 
July 28, 2020 6:29 PM  • 
El Cajon CA 92020
5.60  hrs
1.30  hrs
2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8
197,077 miles
Angel E  • 
July 16, 2020 10:00 AM  • 
Tucson AZ 85716
2.50  hrs
1.30  hrs
2007 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8
178,800 miles
David R  • 
July 13, 2020 8:32 PM  • 
Mesa AZ 85210
1.70  hrs
1.30  hrs
1999 Dodge Dakota 3.9L V6
180,000 miles
Val H  • 
July 9, 2020 3:46 PM  • 
San Jacinto CA 92582
2.60  hrs
1.00  hrs
2003 Dodge Dakota 4.7L V8
124,000 miles
Tony K  • 
June 14, 2020 9:37 PM  • 
Northridge CA 91324
3.90  hrs
1.50  hrs
2007 Dodge Dakota
190,000 miles
Sam L  • 
June 11, 2020 10:43 PM  • 
Citrus Heights CA 95621
4.50  hrs
1.40  hrs
2001 Dodge Dakota 5.9L V8 SLT
163,000 miles
Alec M  • 
May 29, 2020 11:15 PM  • 
Chula Vista CA 91911
1.60  hrs
1.00  hrs
1997 Dodge Dakota 3.9L V6 SLT
106,347 miles
John W  • 
February 15, 2020 4:30 PM  • 
San Diego CA 92126
1.50  hrs
1.10  hrs
1999 Dodge Dakota 3.9L V6 Sport
141,630 miles
Anthony L  • 
San Diego CA 92154
4.30  hrs
1.40  hrs
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What does a Check Engine Light mean?

In short, it means pay attention. Your vehicle is sensing that something wrong might be increasing your car’s emissions.

Look, we all know the drill. The check engine warning light comes on, and it feels generic, and a little bit goofy. It looks like a graphic on a kid’s toy, and it doesn’t really feel urgent.

So, you ignore the check engine light. And you keep ignoring it, thinking it will go away.

Guess what? Your engine won’t repair itself. Meaning, the check engine light is not going to go away if you keep ignoring it. You can cross your fingers all you want, but it’s there, until the issue is resolved by getting a diagnostic.

The check engine warning light is kind of a catch all sensor for everything that can go wrong with your car. A large number of issues can ultimately result in the light illuminating. You might think that vagueness makes the light sensor less important. You’re wrong. The vagueness provides all the more reason to diagnose the issue. 

That said, sometimes the issue causing the check engine light is minor. In fact, the check engine light can even come on if your gas cap isn’t screwed on properly after you fill up. So, uhh…check the gas cap before you freak out.

Ultimately, the check engine light is like a grim grab bag at a party. You need to diagnose it because it could be absolutely anything. While a lot of the issues a mechanic might diagnose are minor,  some – such as transmission problems, faulty oxygen sensors or catalytic converter, engine mechanical issues, and computer malfunctions – are a bit more serious. The check engine light is designed to pop on for anything that leads to increased vehicle emission through your exhaust system (issues like an overheating engine, catalytic converter, failing oxygen sensor or slipping transmission can lead to increased emissions). 

So stop doing that thing you do where you ignore the check engine light and get an OBDII diagnostic today. Your wallet and engine will thank you later down the road.

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How to spot a Check Engine Light

Warning lights are illuminated

Well, that was pretty straightforward, wasn’t it? I’m hoping you could have gotten there on your own. But it’s important to pay attention to more than just your check engine light. Oftentimes, mechanical issues will cause multiple lights to come on. If, say, your charging light is on and your check engine light is on, then you probably don’t have two problems. You probably just have an issue with your charging system. Regardless, we recommend that you get a diagnostic for the check engine light as well as any other lights your vehicle's engine sensors are picking up on .

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How urgent is a Check Engine Light?

Did you miss that whole spiel earlier? It’s important to get a diagnostic for a check engine light. Ignore the check engine warning light at your own risk. It could be a gas cap, it could also be a transmission, engine, or electronics issue, that, if ignored, leads to serious damage and a huge dent in your wallet. Not to mention, it could be a serious safety issue.

Ignoring your check engine light, and not getting diagnostic, is like ignoring your parents. It might seem cool, but eventually you, and your engine, will realize it’s a really bad idea.

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