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What Should I Do If My Check Engine Light is Flashing?

The check engine light is the most fearful thing to come across in your car. This light is a telling sign that something is very wrong with your engine, and the truth is the average person can not simply diagnose it. Check engine lights could mean a handful of things, but don't worry, we can figure it out for you at Central Import. Your only task is to determine whether the light is steady or flashing because that ultimately dictates the severity of the problem. 


Flashing vs. Non-Flashing Check Engine Light

In some cases, the engine light will light up but not blink. That means there is a persisting issue with the endine; however, it does not require immediate attention. Nevertheless, do not take the situation "light"ly (no pun intended). It is highly frowned upon to ignore the light, as the problem could escalate quickly. The next thing you know - it will turn into a flashing light.


A blinking check engine light is a cause for concern. If you catch this on your dashboard, you should immediately take your car to get repaired. In some cases, it may be hazardous for you to drive there yourself. It would be best to pull your vehicle over and have a tow truck take it in. 


As soon as your car arrives at the repair shop, our technicians will follow a comprehensive procedure to test for the engine problem. A flashing engine light will mean there is a problem within one or more of these components:

  • Oxygen sensor, airflow sensor, or other parts of the computing system
  • Fuel injector
  • Spark plugs or spark plug wires
  • Engine valves
  • Catalytic converter

Out of the parts mentioned above, the catalytic converter is the most complex and most brutal to fix. The catalytic converter is a part attached between the engine and the muffler. It is responsible for converting harmful chemical emissions into breathable gases.


Do not compromise you and other's safety by ignoring your check engine light. Instead, be proactive by taking your car to the repair shop as soon as you see a non-blinking check engine light. By doing so, you can avoid further damage to your engine. If the light illuminates in your car, take it to Central Import as soon as possible. Our professional team has expertise in repairing Euro cars including (but not limited to) Audis, BMWs, Mercedes-Benzs, Range Rovers and more. Give us a call today at (647) 370-2423!