Question by  MelanieD (52)

What does the malfunction indicator lamp do?

I have a Dodge Stratus.


Answer by  tkarlav (1502)

The MIL alerts the driver that there is a malfunction with the vehicle, then allows a tech to diagnose the problem eaiser due to the computers code storage from the mil illumiunating.


Answer by  Wrenchman (638)

If you mean the check engine light, it lights up to let the driver know that the ECM has kicked up an error code.


Answer by  laplanmd (31)

The malfunction indicator lamp is also called the check engine light. This means there is a problem with something that has to do with your engine. Please bring it to a repair shop to find out the problem.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

The malfunction light on the car is a way of alerting the driver to a problem. Most car on the road posses an on-board computer that has diagnostic capabilities. When an important issue occurs a code is generated and stored in the computer. If your light is on have the computer scanned to determine what it is for.

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