check engine light flashing on 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

my wife went to leave for work today, she tried starting the car all it did at first was cranking and cranking then she turned off the key and tried to re-start the car then it started once it did start it was running rough check engine light came on and was flashing , it acts as if it has no compression but runs rough it seems to have no compression, im afraid to try driving the car anywhere to get checked out

by in Berwyn, IL on November 18, 2011
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2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by , November 18, 2011
it has an engine missfire. you need to have it checked out to see what part has failed, could be plugs, wires, coil, module, injector or vacuum leak. let a shop do this for you. Roy
COMMENT by , November 18, 2011
Thanks Roy, We had it towed in to the dealer due to we don't know of a good mechanic Berwyn Il. Roy, are you located in Berwyn Illinois ?
COMMENT by , November 18, 2011
sorry, outside of Phila. Pa area dont know of anyone there good luck Roy
ANSWER by , November 18, 2011
WHEN THE CHECK EINGINE LIGHT IS FLASHING , INDICATES A CYLINDER MISFIRE , FIND OUT WHAT CODE IS STORED IN THE COMPUTER , AND I WOULD NOT RECC DRIVING THE CAR , AS TO MIGHT RUIN THE CATALYTIC CONVERTER