Top-Tier Car Diagnostic Services in Denver, CO

An illuminated or flashing check engine light could mean several different things. In some cases, your vehicle could catch fire. You need to schedule a prompt visit to your repair technician.

If your check engine light comes on, it’s a clear sign that you need to head into a car maintenance shop and get your vehicle checked out. Without urgent car diagnostic services, the car may stop running and if you allow the damage to worsen, the repairs could cost a lot more.

Why See a Specialist for a Flashing Check Engine Light?

 A check engine light should always be taken seriously. If you have a European vehicle, you need to go specifically to a professional specializing in European vehicles. At Bluewater Performance, we can perform a check engine light diagnosis on your Porsche, BMW, Audi, or Volkswagen. Not only do we have expertise in the European models but we also carry authentic parts made by the approved original equipment manufacturers.

What Are the Causes of Engine Warning Light Illumination?

There are several reasons why your check engine light could be on. The only way to know exactly what is happening is to take the vehicle to a mechanic. A flashing check engine light could indicate a loose gas cap or damage to:

  • The spark plugs
  • The oxygen sensor
  • The mass airflow sensor
  • The catalytic converter

What to Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On

You can’t just turn off a check engine light. The specific actions you need to take will depend on exactly how and when the light is illuminated or flashing.  Here are the most likely scenarios:

  1. The light flickers or comes on only under specific circumstances. If the check engine light only comes on or flickers under certain driving conditions, take note of if the vehicle drives differently. If there’s a difference, drive as little as you can and go to your mechanic. If there’s no difference, you can drive home but you must schedule an inspection. It’s possible that your vehicle will simply not start when the check engine light is behaving in the way.
  2. The light remains on. If your check engine light stays on constantly, the emission control system likely has a permanent fault and the vehicle is running only in lower gears. When this happens, you need to get your vehicle serviced as soon as you can.
  3. The check engine light comes on, stays on, and the vehicle isn’t performing well. Such a scenario means there’s a serious issue with your emission control and engine management system. Often, it’s not safe to drive the vehicle in these circumstances so you should pull over and have the car towed to a repair shop for a car diagnostic service.
  4. The check engine light comes on and blinks steadily. You may notice that the light pulses or flashes when you accelerate. This is serious and it could mean that the emission control system is experiencing a severe failure. The engine could be misfiring to such an extent that the catalytic converter is damaged every time the light flashes. The catalytic converter could also be overheating and this could lead to a fire. Pull over immediately and have the vehicle towed.

Get the Correct Diagnosis from Bluewater Performance!

If your check engine light is on, your vehicle needs some type of maintenance or repair.  For an accurate check engine light diagnosis, contact the team at Bluewater Performance. We offer same-day service and our car diagnostic cost is reasonable. We serve:

  • Thornton, CO
  • Westminster, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Surrounding areas

Call us at 303-800-7193 to schedule an appointment.