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Can I Drive With the Check Engine Light On?

The check engine light is one of those warning messages that can make drivers panic. It is a yellow light the shape of an engine, and it can come for various reasons. The problems behind the light are typically stored in a trouble code that can be found when your car’s computer is hooked to an electronic scanner tool.


One of the first questions that you may have when you catch this light is, “can I continue driving”. The answer depends on whether the light is flashing or steady. If the light blinks, the problem is too major to continue. However, if the light does not flash, you can keep driving if the vehicle doesn’t show any performance issues. You should still seek professional help ASAP so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and repair.

What are Common Reasons for a Check Engine Light to Come On?

The check engine light can illuminate for several reasons, which is why it is so dreaded. Here are some of the most common issues that a check engine light can be traced back to:

  • Faulty oxygen sensor
  • Loose or damaged gas cap
  • Failing or clogged catalytic converter
  • Malfunctioning mass air flow (MAF) sensor
  • Bad spark plugs

When you bring your vehicle to the professionals at Aeschbach Automotive, we will plug an OBD scanner to your car to find the location of the problem. Then, our experts will closely inspect the trouble area and recommend the necessary repairs. 


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