A flashing light expresses that the problem is fair and if not taken care of rapidly may result in major damage to the vehicle. This blinking light usually indicates a severe engine misfire allowing unburned fuel to be dumped into the exhaust system.
The rule of thumb is that if the check engine light is flashing, you can’t keep driving the car. It’s an emergency. Often it indicates an engine misfire. If you keep driving, you will likely cause irreversible damage, mostly to the (expensive) catalytic converter.
When this Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light flashes, you should pull over safely and shut the vehicle off as soon as possible. Have the vehicle towed to your trusted repair facility for a diagnosis and repair. Continuing to drive this vehicle in this condition will do more damage and will cost more to repair.
Can an engine misfire fix itself?
Cracked spark plug causing intermittant misfire at low revs, fine at speed. Engine misfires do not fix themselves unless they are external to the engine, they always return,Find the cause and fix it..
Why is my car shaking and check engine light flashing?
Usually, when the check engine light is on and the car is shaking, that means you’re dealing with an engine misfire. Basically, the check engine light comes on whenever there’s an issue that could increase vehicle tailpipe emissions.
Will bad spark plugs cause check engine light to flash?
Worn/failed spark plugs, coil packs, or spark plug wires can trigger your check engine light to come on. In today’s cars, say Firestone Complete Auto Care technicians, if a plug starts to fail then the most obvious event should be the check engine light coming on or even flashing.
Can you drive with a misfire?
An engine misfire can be caused by bad spark plugs or imbalanced air/fuel mixture. Driving with a misfire isn’t safe and can damage your engine.
How much does it cost to fix an engine misfire?
Misfiring of a cylinder can happen for numerous reasons. Here are the most common causes and related costs of the misfire condition: Carbon or oil-fouled sparkplugs: $100 to $300 depending on cost of plugs and labor to replace.
How do you stop engine misfire?
Inspect the spark plugs for signs of damage.
Use a spark plug socket to remove the plug so you can get a good look at it. The damage you see will help you determine the cause of the misfire. If the spark plug is just old, replacing it may solve the problem. Make sure to replace and properly gap new spark plugs.
Can bad gas cause a misfire?
A tank of “bad gas” (incorrect octane or old gasoline) can cause a misfire. Weak or dirty fuel injectors can restrict the flow of fuel into the cylinder leading to the wrong air/fuel ratio. A clogged fuel filter leads to low fuel pressure which can also limit fuel flow.