A flashing check engine light indicates a much more serious issue. Most often it means that the engine is misfiring and unburned fuel is getting into the exhaust system. This raises the temperature of the catalytic converter and can cause critical damage.
Why is my check engine light blinking now?
When the Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light starts blinking (as opposed to staying steadily illuminated), this means that a catalytic converter-damaging condition is occurring. Usually you will be able to feel a noticeable difference in the way your vehicle is running.
Can I drive my car with the check engine light blinking?
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.
Is a flashing engine light serious?
As mentioned, a flashing check engine light signals an emergency and requires an immediate repair. The longer you drive a vehicle with a flashing CEL, the more damage you may do. If a misfire causes the flashing light, you can do severe damage to your vehicle’s catalytic converters.
What does a blinking engine light mean then goes off?
A flashing check engine light usually refers to cylinder misfiring. Misfiring should be investigated and resolved promptly – that’s why the light flashes versus simply staying steady – because misfiring can damage the catalytic converter which can result in additional costly repairs.
How much does it cost to fix an engine misfire?
there are two most common misfire causes: Carbon or oil-fouled sparkplugs can cost between $100 and $300; replacing these plugs costs between $400 to $600. You’re going to need to replace sparkplug wires, usually between $100 and $300 if they break down.
How far can I drive with a blinking check engine light?
You should drive your car 30 to 100 miles in order to ensure that the check engine light does not reappear. As the sensors need time to calibrate, the vehicle’s “Drive Cycle” can be reset.
Can a misfire fix itself?
Can An Engine Misfire Fix Itself? An engine misfire won’t do a fix itself unless it is external to the engine. The problem will always return, Find the root cause. As a consequence of an ignition misfire happening over time, it won’t help when it happens again when it happens repeatedly.