As we all know, an engine is full of moving parts and sometimes those parts break or are starting to wear to the point of nearly breaking. That is why it is good that our engines have sensors to tell us when there might be something going wrong inside of your engine that can be fixed before there is a major issue that would come of lack of a warning. These sensors tells us on our dashboard with indicator lights, these lights tell you things like if you haven’t buckled your seat belt, your gas tank is low, the parking break is set, your engine is over-heating, or a number of other warning lights to help inform you that there is a malfunction with the safe operation of your vehicle.
Audi Warning Lights
An Audi is no different, some models can have upwards of 35 different simples and lights on your dashboard. When your check engine light is on in your Audi there could be a few reasons as to why this could be illuminated.
It could be as simple as your gas cap is loose or it could be much more complicated. If you wanted to check your engine yourself, you can pick up from an auto part store a level 1 OBD-II scanner. This scanner you can plug into your dash (check your owner’s manual to see where the plug is located) and the scanner will send you the fault code, also called Diagnostic trouble code. Then you can look up what that code means in your owner’s manual and understand how serious the situation is that has caused your check engine light to be turned on.
Flashing Check Engine Light
Now if your check engine light is flashing don’t bother with the scanner, call a tow truck and bring your Audi down to German Imports Car Care. This indicates there is a misfire, which means that the engine is going receiving the fuel and the burn off isn’t reaching the cylinders. Since this is a misfire, we DO NOT recommend you drive your care to the care center, it becomes a hazard to drive and you are no longer safe while driving this beautiful piece of automotive.
The scanners can be a little confusing to figure out on your own so be sure to consult with your owner’s manual or call us and we can help decode the codes for you. We are always here to answer your questions that you may have and ensure that you are confident with your Audi.