Q: Engine light comes on and idles roughly.

asked by on January 13, 2016

The Engine light is on and the car idles roughly. It was diagnosed earlier as an engine misfire.

Engine is misfiring Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Single cylinder misfires are usually caused by ignition components which is where I would start with on this car. Verify the ignition cap and rotor are still in one piece and that the wires are not arcing losing spark. Have a mechanic scan for codes to find out which cylinder is misfiring (P0301 for cylinder 1, P0305 for cylinder 5, etc.).

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

My 2008 Mini Cooper S has a check engine light on and the code is P0977.

The code P0977 will set if the transmission control module (TCM) records an abnormal voltage reading from a shift solenoid in the transmission. A vehicle with the P0977 trouble code will generally be driveable but due to the potential for...

overheating quickly, busted hose from coolant tank and will not hold antifreeze.

Hi. The usual cause of a hose to split like that is the hose being old and the rubber of the hose not holding the pressure of the coolant system causing it to split or buster. This hose is either...

Why wont my car start?

The click noise you hear is the starter relay working but it may not be sending power to the starter solenoid. You would need to try and replace the starter relay that is clicking and see if it cranks. If...

Afraid it will stall out or just die on the road

I would only recommend that you get the engine scanned to see if you have any trouble codes that would require service. The brakes could be locked up, causing the engine more labor just to move the car. If the...

Exhaust manifold overheats.

These engines and the year you have has had issues with the cooling fan switch in the radiator. The thermo switch may have an intermittent problem that lets the engine get too hot and this could cause the manifold to...

Check engine light just came on.

The P0320 trouble code could very well indicate a bad camshaft sensor. The pinpoint test should be performed before replacing the sensor. If you need help with diagnosis, contact a mechanic for a diagnosis of the Check Engine Light....

Car starts up and cuts off after a while of driving

This may be likely related to a fuel pump issue or lack of fuel pressure. Low fuel pressure is something that can cause your car to struggle to idle or even stall when driving. This will also cause the Check...

Car won't start but when attempting to start it makes a repetitive "pop" sound.

Hi there. What could be happening is the engine has either a large vacuum leak or the timing chain has skipped a tooth making a camshaft out of adjustment. First look all over the engine for any possible vacuum leaks,...

what is the oil pan made out of

Depending on the engine you have and the Lincoln vehicle you have the oil pan is made from stamped steel or cast aluminum. If you need to keep engine from freezing then have a engine block heater installed to be...

Related articles

P3487 OBD-11 Trouble Code: Cylinder Exhaust Valve Control low
What What the P3487 code means This code indicates that there is a problem with the exhaust valve on cylinder number 11. Your vehicle’s powertrain control module (PCM) can recognize that the measured values of the mass airflow sensor, the...
P0276 OBD-II Trouble Code: Intermediate Shaft Speed Sensor C Circuit
P0276 means the #6 injector circuit having a low voltage due to loose, faulty, dirty or plugged fuel injector.
P0283 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 8 Injector Circuit High
P0283 P0283 code definition The P0283 Trouble Code refers to cylinder 8 injector circuit high. What the P0283 code means If the P0283 code appears and is stored on your vehicle, it means that the engine cylinder 8 is not...