The check engine light is a part of the onboard diagnostics system in your Mercedes. When illuminated, this indicates a problem within your onboard diagnostics system. Your Mercedes may develop an illuminated check engine light for several reasons. Determining the cause on your own may be difficult as many things can affect the onboard diagnostic system. Below we will dive into five common causes of an illuminated check engine light in your Mercedes-Benz.
Loose Gas Cap
The gas cap, also known as a fuel cap, on your Mercedes is a seal that is designed to hold the fuel in your tank and keep out dirt and debris. When your fuel cap is loose, broken, or even missing, it results in a reduction in fuel pressure, allowing fuel vapors to escape. When the fuel cap is not properly sealed, it may result in reduced fuel economy and an increase in emissions.
Failing Catalytic Converter
A catalytic converter is an exhaust emissions control device designed to reduce toxic gases and pollutants being released in the exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine. If the catalytic converter within your Mercedes becomes clogged with debris it can impact your vehicle’s fuel economy and overall performance.
Failed Spark Plugs
Spark plugs are made to send a spark through the cylinders, igniting the air-fuel mixture and allowing the engine to turn over and run. Over time, spark plugs may begin to fail with normal wear, resulting in engine misfire, decreased fuel economy, and decreased performance. If your spark plugs fail entirely, your vehicle may stop running altogether.
Faulty Oxygen Sensor
An oxygen sensor measures the amount of oxygen left in the exhaust gas, allowing the electronic control unit to ensure proper combustion within the engine. The oxygen sensor may fail due to prolonged exposure to extremely hot exhaust gases over time. The oxygen sensor fails, it allows too little or too much fuel into the engine. Not enough fuel in the engine may result in complete failure, while too much fuel in the engine will increase the amount of smoke your vehicle emits.
Faulty Mass Air Flow Sensor
The mass airflow sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine compartment to ensure the correct air-to-fuel ratio is supplied. The sensor begins to fail due to prolonged exposure to dirty air. When it begins to fail, or completely fails, you may begin to notice your engine is misfiring, your overall engine performance deteriorates, and there is a significant reduction in fuel economy.
As with any arising problem within your Mercedes, it is imperative to seek out diagnostic testing from a certified mechanic or technician. If your vehicle displays an illuminated check engine light and exhibits poor performance or smoke from the exhaust, pull over immediately and have your vehicle towed to an auto repair shop specializing in Mercedes-Benz service and repair.
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