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To risk using my car with engine management light on

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hazell42 Sat 23-Mar-19 09:34:41

Mine has been on for 2 and a half years because it is I overdue for a service and i cant afford a service.
Is it driving ok?

bloodywhitecat Sat 23-Mar-19 09:31:58

It could be something as simple as a dodgy sensor or it could be something major but you have no way of knowing until it is hooked up to a fault reader. I wouldn't be making unnecessary trips in it if it were mine.

Damonlufc88 Sat 23-Mar-19 09:31:29

DEADBYDAYLIGHT chill out. I don't want to drive it. I want feedback off others that's all.

Meandmetoo Sat 23-Mar-19 09:31:26

I would do that short distance if I knew it was definitely coil pack, sounds like it but it could be crank shaft sensor too (I have also driven with a dodgy one of those too for a few days)

Depends on the age of the car and how you feel generally about risk.

Streamside Sat 23-Mar-19 09:29:44

I broke down recently and it was horrendous to see the management light flash quickly then the shop light.I had seconds to try and pull my car into a safe area and it's not something I'd want to happen if I'd a child with me.

Deadbydaylight Sat 23-Mar-19 09:26:48

Drive it then. You want to and you don't want to listen to us. Just don't complain if your engine explodes and you need to spend a few grand on a new one or a new car.

thesnapandfartisinfallible Sat 23-Mar-19 09:26:24

We do but we know what's wrong with it and it does eventually sort itself. It's a dodgy fuel injector that does unstick itself in the end. We've been driving it like that for a couple years now.

SisyphusDad Sat 23-Mar-19 09:26:05

Had the same problem with the brake light bulb. The reason is that the engine management system reduces the fuel flow when you brake and for some reason it can't cope with a blown bulb. confused

Damonlufc88 Sat 23-Mar-19 09:21:45

It's been booked in for MOT and service for Tuesday since before this anyway and today is all I'll need it for really. He won't be able to go swimming next week as its a supervised session where parents join in and my youngest has a party next week, he hasn't been invited to many so I'm taking him there and wife is working next weekend.

GetsIt Sat 23-Mar-19 09:20:13

On a slightly more positive (and probably unhelpful) note my mk4 golf used to fling the engine management light at me for the most random things..... Brake light bulbs for example!

Cwtches123 Sat 23-Mar-19 09:18:21

No, you could do serious and costly damage! Not worth if for a swimming lesson.

Duchessgummybuns Sat 23-Mar-19 09:16:58

Sounds like you might need a new coil set, which means you’re likely to stall. But there could be other more serious reasons. I would get it looked at.

domton Sat 23-Mar-19 09:15:57

I would if you have cover, if it's been dodgy for a few days can't were 11 miles killing it. I'm a bit blase about these things though.

Sirzy Sat 23-Mar-19 09:14:38

As you know it isn’t driving right then I wouldn’t risk it.

Worst case scenario would be being broken down with your son in the car and the problems that would cause!

Tartanwarrior Sat 23-Mar-19 09:14:12

Nope- don't risk it for a swimming lesson

sonjadog Sat 23-Mar-19 09:13:23

I wouldn’t.

Damonlufc88 Sat 23-Mar-19 09:12:21

Got the orange light last night as I was just pulling home from work at 9pm. Its been a little loud and juddering for a couple of days now. MOT and service is booked for Tuesday anyway. My ASD son has his swimming class today 11 miles away, do l risk the car as have no plans to use it until I take it the garage Tuesday.

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