VW Jetta 2.0 blinking Check Engine Light

Nico Zeppilli

Asked by Nov 30, 2015 at 12:26 AM about the 2002 Volkswagen Jetta GLS

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So I went to start my car up and my CEL
started blinking. Also the engine was shaking
pretty hard. Anyone with a VW probably has
seen the CEL on a lot, but I've never seen
mine blink. I turned the car off and left it
alone for a while. I went online did my
research and it seems like it was misfiring. I
went and turned the car back on and the
CEL was still on but it was not blinking. I
drove maybe 3 or 4 miles to see how it
would go and it seemed okay. What I'm
getting at is would it be safe to drive about
80 miles home to my mechanic.

1 Answer


A flashing check engine light is warning you that the engine is misfiring and damaging the catalytic converter. If you have over 100,000 miles on your VW you're due for a tune up. Personally I wouldn't drive it that far with it misfiring. Catalytic converters aren't cheap and there's the possibility that the misfiring can overheat the catalytic converter to the point of starting a fire! Especially at expressway speeds. HTH. -Jim

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