Subaru Check Engine Light Service Information in Redwood City, CA

The check engine light in your Subaru is an indication that you need to . . . have your engine checked. Beyond that, it's hard to say what the cause could be without a diagnosis from a code reader. This piece of machinery gives meaning to what would otherwise be an indication that something in the engine isn't working the way it should be. As an authorized Subaru service center, Carlsen Subaru has a code reader that the technicians will use to "talk" to your Subaru and find out what the problem is.

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What Does the Check Engine Light In My Subaru Mean?

A check engine light that stays on after the other dash lights have turned off could mean many, many things. Some of the most common causes include problems with the oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, mass airflow sensor, or spark plugs; however, there are many other potential causes.

There is, however, one thing you should check before bringing your vehicle in: the gas cap. If your gas cap is cracked or loose, the check engine light may turn on. Simply tightening a loose cap (or ordering a new one from us if it's cracked) may cause the light to go away.

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How Soon Do I Need to Bring My Subaru In If the Light is Illuminated?

While a check engine light that stays solidly illuminated isn't an immediate emergency, it's still best to bring your vehicle in for an inspection at your earliest convenience. The problems causing the light to turn on may lead to decreased performance, lower gas mileage, and even further damage to the engine.

However, there is one notable exception. If the check engine light is flashing, that's a sign that the engine is misfiring. Engine misfires can cause severe damage to your vehicle. So, if the check engine light flashes, pull over as soon as you safely can and have your vehicle towed to a service center.

Schedule Service at Carlsen Subaru

To schedule your next Subaru service appointment, give us a call at Carlsen Subaru. You'll find our phone number at the top of this page, or use our convenient contact form to send us a message.

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Choose Carlsen Subaru in Redwood City for Your Subaru Service, Maintenance, and Repair Needs

Subaru vehicles are truly special. They're different than any other vehicle on the road, so they deserve special treatment from people who know just what makes them tick. The technicians at Carlsen Subaru have been factory trained and certified, and they regularly undergo new training to keep up with the newest advances from Subaru. They'll use only genuine OEM and Subaru-approved parts, fluids, filters, and accessories, so you can be sure that your Subaru will retain its high quality. We pride ourselves on our competitive prices, and we even offer regularly updated service discounts and incentives to help you save even more. We look forward to serving you and your Subaru at Carlsen Subaru, serving San Mateo and beyond from our convenient location at 480 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063.

Carlsen Subaru

480 Veterans Blvd
Directions Redwood City, CA 94063

  • Sales: 650-365-6390
  • Service : 650-365-6390
  • Parts: 650-365-6390


  • Monday 07:30am - 05:30pm
  • Tuesday 07:30am - 05:30pm
  • Wednesday 07:30am - 05:30pm
  • Thursday 07:30am - 05:30pm
  • Friday 07:30am - 05:30pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed