Can I safely drive my car to the shop with a flashing Check Engine Soon light?

Asked by May 08, 2016 at 09:52 AM about the 1997 Pontiac Firebird Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Going down the road and the car started to vibrate similar to a tire problem but
when I stopped it continued to vibrate without any knocking noise. Monitored
the oil and coolest while I continued home. Can I safely drive it to the shop?

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A flashing check engine light indicates a severe (multiple) misfiring of engine cylinders. The risk being "Unburned" fuel is allowed down into the catalytic converter.. which may possibly damage it. But a severe misfire does NOT always mean this is the case, a misfire is also caused by the lack of fuel, based on the overall condition of the vehicle and distance to the repair facility you can decide if its 1-2 miles not to concerned... If your nervous have it flatbed towed for piece of mind. Regards

46,365

Do not drive a vehicle with a flashing check engine light. You risk damage to the converters and they can be very expensive.

92,865

That all depends on how far away the shop is, if you are just 5 minutes away at lower speeds then you should be ok, just start it and get there no warm up. The vehicle will barely get into closed loop by then.

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