Q: thumping noise in the engine and the RPM is almost at the big notch before the 0

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Whats does it mean when you have a thumping noise coming from the engine? Could it be because i need a tune up? Or is there something else i need to change? It just started to do it when the engine light came on, on the dashboard!

My car has 133000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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