check engine light blinking on 2000 Jeep Cherokee

I have experienced this before but the light was steady. Now it is blinking and the Jeep was shaking. I know I need a new starter, could this be the cause or something additional?

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The check engine light blinking signifies a major failure, stop driving this vehicle until you get it properly diagnosed and repaired. A failing starter motor will not trip the check engine light nor will it make it flash.
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