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What Does the RX8 Check Engine Light Mean?

Updated April 17, 2017

The Mazda RX-8, like most cars, is equipped with a "Check Engine" light to alert you to malfunctions within the car's engine that may need addressing.

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Gas Cap

One of the most common reasons for the RX-8's Check Engine light to turn on is the gas cap not being on tightly enough. Turn off the car, make sure the gas cap is tight, and check to see if the light is still on. You may need to drive the RX-8 for several miles after tightening the gas cap before the light turns off.

Flashing Light

If the Check Engine light is flashing in your RX-8, it means the engine has misfired and to keep driving could damage the catalytic converter. Take your car to an automotive repair shop to get this resolved as soon as possible.

Oil Change

The Check Engine light in your RX-8 may come on to alert you to the fact that you need an oil change.

Other Causes

The Check Engine light in your RX-8 can come on to alert you to any number of malfunctions dealing with the car's engine. If you can't diagnose on your own why the light is on, it is best--for your safety and for the upkeep of your car--to take the RX-8 to an automotive repair shop and have a professional find out what the problem is.

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About the Author

Michelle Enos has been freelance writing since 2010. She is especially interested in writing about photography, music, health and environmental issues. Enos is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in piano performance from the University of New Hampshire.

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