Has your car’s Engine Management Light (EML) turned on and left you wondering whether your car will pass the MOT test? This is a common concern among drivers as the EML is an important indicator of potential issues with your vehicle's engine, and it could lead to an MOT failure if not addressed properly.
Here's what you need to know about the Engine Management Light and what you can do if the EML has turned on.
What is an Engine Management Light (EML)?
The EML, also known as the check engine light, is a dashboard warning light that illuminates when your vehicle’s sensors detect a potential issue with the engine or emissions system.
If your vehicle has a flashing or continuous Engine Management Light, it’s best to seek professional help.
5 most common reasons that can cause the Engine Management Light to turn on
Although there are a wide range of reasons that can cause the Engine Management Light to turn on, these are the most common:
1. Performance issues
2. Emission control issues
3. Fuel efficiency issues
4. Overheating issues
5. Software issues
How serious is an Engine Management Light?
The seriousness of an Engine Management Light (EML) being on can vary depending on the specific issue causing it:
Will my car pass an MOT with the Engine Management Light on?
No. If the EML is on during the MOT test, it will be classified as a major defect and will result in a failed MOT test.
If the EML is a steady amber, you can continue driving your vehicle to your closest destination. We strongly advise you to get the issue checked out by a professional mechanic as soon as possible.
If the EML is red or flashing, it indicates that there is a more serious problem and you should get this issue checked immediately.
How much does it cost to repair the Engine Management Light?
The cost of repairing the issue causing the EML to come on can vary significantly depending on the specific problem, make and model of your vehicle.
It's important to understand that the EML itself is not the component being repaired, but rather the light is an indicator of an underlying issue that needs to be addressed.
Here are some general cost estimates for common issues related to the EML*:
*It’s worth noting that these will vary by your location, the type of garage you go to, and what vehicle you have.
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