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To risk using my car with engine management light on

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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.

Dramatical Sat 23-Mar-19 14:10:02

Car making loud noise and juddering. Management light on. Yet people are suggesting it's ok to drive!

KitKat1985 Sat 23-Mar-19 14:00:07

It depends on what level of severity of engine management light is showing. On Ford's for example a solid engine management light means the vehicle needs some attention, but should be safe to drive (my old Ford Fiesta had these fairly often and usually meant an oxygen sensor needed replacing). In which case it should be fine to drive short distances and be looked at on Tuesday. Flashing engine management lights in Ford's indicate a more serious issue meaning the car isn't safe to drive / driving it could result in damage to the vehicle. Other makes of car operate a similar system but may use solid red engine management lights (rather than flashing ones) to indicate a serious problem.

Iwrotethissongfor Sat 23-Mar-19 13:15:10

I would - my car had orange light and a red light. Orange light I was happy to drive with. I got it checked once with the orange light and they couldn’t find an issue so every other time I just thought it was fine. It it had changed to red I’d wouldn’t have.

elloello the computer on my car now tells me what the problem is rather than just a light.

IchWill Sat 23-Mar-19 13:10:30

What car have you got? You might be able to work out the fault code if one isn't displayed.

cece Sat 23-Mar-19 12:34:12

Orange light yes. Red warning light no.

Bluearsedfly36 Sat 23-Mar-19 12:25:12

I'd take it to a garage and put it on a diagnostic machine, that will tell you the problem. My engine management light came on and I was panicking. Took it to the garage and the machine told us the car just needed an oil change.

Dramatical Sat 23-Mar-19 12:25:09

Mechanics have always told me that if it's just the light, the car will be fine for a small journey until looked at to avoid other problems.

You should probably get new mechanics. When the light comes on you have no way of knowing what the problem is. If you don't know what the problem is you can potentially damage your car irreparably. Can't understand the relevance of a small journey either.

Witchend Sat 23-Mar-19 12:14:43

Mine's been on and off for the last two years. It basically needs a long motorway run regularly to keep it off. Garage says it's fine.
Check the error codes and you can Google them and see if it's safe. I check mine regularly and as long as it's the same it's fine.

JAMMFYesPlease Sat 23-Mar-19 12:14:05

Because of the noise, I wouldn't. My engine maintenance light has been in and off intermittently for two years. Turns out it was the dying battery that was causing the fault and it's no wonder a mechanic couldn't find it. I didn't even realise the battery was a problem until it packed in fully this winter. Mechanics have always told me that if it's just the light, the car will be fine for a small journey until looked at to avoid other problems.

Whenever a car starts making an odd noise I get it straight in. In your case, I'd not go to the swimming lesson or get the bus if that was an option.

Dramatical Sat 23-Mar-19 12:10:12

would definitely risk it - but I am in the RAC and don't fear breaking down

This is such a bizarre way to view things.

Breaking down isn't the worry, further damage to the car however can run into thousands of pounds. But hey, so long as the RAC can come and tow you to the garage!

It's obviously too late for OP but when the car is warning you of something you need to listen.

HaveYouSeentheWritingontheWall Sat 23-Mar-19 12:06:26

Air mass spectrometer is also a possibility, mine went while I was 200 miles from home, had it replaced (allegedly) which took over 2 hours because they had to have the part delivered (allegedly), 50 miles from home the engine management warning light came on again, carried on driving and took it in to the garage that I occasionally used and told them what had happened, they had a look at the Air mass spectrometer and said that it was definitely not a new one, they took it up with the other garage who reimbursed them what they had charged me which was a bit more than they would have charged me and they tried to give me back the difference, I told them to keep it, thanked them for their honesty and have been using them ever since.

Elloello Sat 23-Mar-19 11:58:51

@Figaro88 I'll look at that but surely needing a service wouldn't send it into 'limp' mode at random times?

Figaro88 Sat 23-Mar-19 11:52:37

@Elloello the spanner in the car is the service reminder light not the engine light. If you put your make, model and year into Google along with reset service reminder light it will tell you how to rest the counter. I find the garage never resets mine. Mine is very easy to rest turn ignition on press and hold the right trip button on the dash for 10 seconds release press again wait 5 seconds turn ignition off that is it reset for 12000 miles.

wibbleee Sat 23-Mar-19 11:48:57

mmm I had that earlier this year. I drove straight to the garage, where it stayed till fixed. personally I wouldn`t risk a swimming lesson for it. It could be something or nothing.

AlunWynsKnee Sat 23-Mar-19 11:37:50

Ello isn't the Spanner for it needing a service?

bellabasset Sat 23-Mar-19 11:35:49

My airbag light came on and it was diagnosed as water in the electrics, couldn't be repaired so had to write off. The car needed rewiring.

Unless you know what's causing it then don't risk it

thenightsky Sat 23-Mar-19 11:31:24

I've driven for 6 months with the orange engine management light on, but I knew it was only a sensor for emissions and the was actually fine. I just got it fixed at MOT time as it would have failed otherwise.

Elloello Sat 23-Mar-19 11:31:08

Ah, mine is actually the spanner and car Amber light, not the engine. And dh did try a fault reader but it didn't show anything. confused

AnyFucker Sat 23-Mar-19 11:29:53

I didn't say op would be fine.

I said my engine light had been on for 2 years so it does not necessarily mean something dramatic.

We don't know if op's car will be ok or not. Not beong Mystic Meg 'n' all

caughtinanet Sat 23-Mar-19 11:27:04

Please explain the logic behind saying my engine light has been on for 2 years so you'll be fine. That's ridiculous.

On that basis warning lights could safely be ignored because a random person on the internet said they haven't had a problem. Some people are extremely hard of thinking not to mention giving potentially dangerous advice.

Fluffyears Sat 23-Mar-19 11:24:07

The light in my Astra came on so easily, if you farted on popped the light! A bump in the road...engine management light. I took it on so many times and it was a sensor issue. I eventually stopped. It was a year old.

DontCallMeCharlotte Sat 23-Mar-19 11:10:55

My SERV + airbag lights have been on since I drove home from a friend's wedding in 2010. That couple are divorced now.

(It's something to do with seatbelt sensors apparently and the mechanic can usually get it to go off for the MoT and then it comes back on about a week later.)

juls1888 Sat 23-Mar-19 10:48:14

Mine comes on all the time anytime the battery gets slightly low. It's a common fault on that model of car. My theory is that I'll just keep going til it stops, which it never does, and every time it goes into the garage they say there is nothing wrong and it's an intermittent fault.

Duchessgummybuns Sat 23-Mar-19 10:47:53

Could you diagnose this pain I've got as well please?

Certainly, sounds like you’ve got your knickers in a twist! HTH.

GertrudeCB Sat 23-Mar-19 10:40:03

I wouldn't.
My cars engine management light came on at as I arrived at work and 8 hours later it conked out a couple of miles from home.

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