Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car has an S3 flashing light and the Check Engine Light is on

asked by on

My gearshift is loose. I can still switch the gears but if I'm driving down the road and I rest my arm on it a little hard the gear will easily shift to another gear in which ever direction I move. Is this the reason why my check engine light come on and the gear s3 flashing light flashes? My car drives fine ..
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hello - the blinking S3 light and Check Eng...

Hello - the blinking S3 light and Check Engine Light is your transmission controller telling you it has a problem. The S3 light should be flashing a set number of times (1-13). The number of flashes indicates a specific problem with your transmission. Count the flashes, and consult an Acura technical manual for you model to know what's wrong. I would recommend having a Check Engine Light is on inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to diagnose this problem, get an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs.

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

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: Gas leak by rear tire

Hi. A gas leak is never a good thing and it needs to be repaired right away. If it is leaking near that tire, then the leak is typically in the filler tube. Typically, if it was the tube, then...

Q: Fuel pump question on a 1993 Pontiac Bonnevile

Hi there. Most of the time from the factory the fuel pump on this car will not have white wires. If this is an aftermarket pump, then it may have different color wires. If moving the wires allows the pump...

Q: Dying at idle

Hi There, It sounds like you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve is a small valve on the engine's intake system that reads the air intake as it comes into the...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...