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2002 Toyota RAV4 Question: blinking engine light, shaky when i accelerate

 

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luliflor, Pelham, NY, November 19, 2012, 16:24
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what could be the reason why my check engine light blinks and my car shakes when i accelerate(90% of the time) or when i'm stopped/braking(50% of the time). this all happened suddenly. i had an issue with my check engine light before and had my ECM replaced about 3 months ago.

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    goodguy November 19, 2012, 17:05
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    have it scan tested for codes

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    luliflor, November 19, 2012, 17:28
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    is my car safe to drive? my mechanic is about 6-10 miles away. i've heard that a car is safe to drive with the check engine light on as long as its not blinking

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    ziptie12, November 20, 2012, 08:15
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    That is generally OK. The 'blinking' means that damage to catalyst is likely.Best to tow it.

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    luliflor, November 20, 2012, 20:35
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    thanks, i towed my car to my mechanic this morning. my car just needed new spark plugs and coils (coils cost over $200!) came out to be $392 total. my car runs great now. im driving 5 hours to visit family for thanksgiving, my mechanic says ill be fine... what are your thoughts? will i be pushing my car too hard? should i lay off on these long trips from now on? i try to visit family at least 1 a month, i hope dont dont have to start riding the bus again.

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    goodguy, November 21, 2012, 05:06
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    you should be good to go now that it has been repaired

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    liny, January 04, 2013, 11:12
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    my check engine light blinking and will not go in to 2gear

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