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Why is my Volkswagen check engine light on?

It happens to every driver. You’re driving your Volkswagen when you suddenly notice that the check engine light is on. That realization may invoke an anxious response of “why is my Volkswagen check engine light on?” Fear not! An illuminated check engine light doesn’t automatically spell disaster. There are a variety of reasons why the light might be on.

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Volkswagen check engine light meaning

  • The gas cap is loose and needs to be tightened
  • The catalytic converter needs to be replaced
  • Worn spark plugs
  • An improperly working thermostat
  • The airflow sensor isn’t working correctly
  • A bad oxygen sensor

One question we get asked is “how long can I wait before I get my Volkswagen in for service?” When it comes to the check engine light, we recommend trying to tighten the gas cap and waiting a day or so to see if the light turns off by itself. A loose gas cap can allow oxygen to get into the gas tank and can trip up the oxygen sensor, which in turn illuminates the check engine light. If the light stays on after a few days or so, then it’s time to get your Volkswagen in for maintenance.

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Here our award-winning team of Volkswagen factory-trained and authorized service technicians can help with anything your vehicle might need. Our experts use the highest-quality OEM parts and work quickly and efficiently to get your Volkswagen fixed and back on the road fast.

Get your Volkswagen the care it needs with a visit to our beautiful service department today. It’s easy to make an appointment for service using our convenient online scheduling form or by calling our team directly by phone. We look forward to working with you. From all of us at Donaldsons Volkswagen, thank you for reading!