Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Check engine flashing and loss of power - 2009 Chevy Equinox

asked by on

We randomly get check engine light flashing when start car and out of park. Turn off car wait a minute or so and it goes away. Started to lose some power also when uphill.

My car has 101000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello. A flashing Check Engine Light is a w...

Hello. A flashing Check Engine Light is a warning that an urgent issue has occurred. A flashing Check Engine Light signifies that the computer has detected a failure that may potentially cause damage to the vehicle's emission system. Continuing to drive the vehicle with a flashing check engine light may result in damage to emissions components, such as sensors or the catalytic converters. I would recommend scanning the vehicle for trouble codes to see if they may shed some light on what the issue may be, and if possible, refrain from driving the vehicle until the issue is sorted. If you need help having this looked at, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can diagnose the Check Engine Light and loss of power in order to have this correctly addressed.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Heater won't work

The lack of heat being generated by your system may indicate a clogged heater core. The [heater core]((https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/heater-is-not-working-inspection) is a small radiator like unit that circulates the hot coolant from the engine through the heater core which then uses this...

Q: I'm buying the above mentioned vehicle that's a FWD, 4 cylinder engine

As you know, with any car the life expectancy of it depends largely on the maintenance schedule the owner has maintained, the driving conditions it is subjected to, the driving habits of the owner and many other factors. As with...

Q: Car sputtering.

You need to have the car checked for a fuel leak at the fuel filter and the fuel system. The fuel filter has been known to leak if the filter is not a factory replacement. An aftermarket filter man not...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.