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Just started this morning but check engine light is flashing…

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Just started this morning but check engine light is flashing the the VTM-4 light came on. There seems to be a clicking noise only able to truly hear at low speeds but may be due to the high speed noise muffling the sound. Unfortunately it is a weekend so can't take it to my mechanic, but wanted to see if it is ok if I drive it short distances this weekend.

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the light stay on, or does it blink?

Check engine light blinks and VTM- light stays on

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Acura?

2004 MDX

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?

Not fixing self but can do minor things before bringbto mechanic on Monday.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I made sure the tire pressures were good. I had to get gas so filled the tank. Checked the oil and was thinking of putting in Prolong

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Acura
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Mechanic for Acura: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 3 months ago
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Mechanic for Acura: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 3 months ago

This indicates there is an issue with the ignition that could be causing damage to the catalytic converter. If possible, I would run it up to a parts store and ask them to check the codes. Most will do this free for you, then you can post it here with me so I can give you more details. More then likely the VTM light is on because the check engine light is on. It likely needs a new ignition coil on one of the cylinders. The check engine light should be leaving a code to tell us which one.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
it is ok if I drive it short distances?
Mechanic for Acura: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 3 months ago

Yes, it won't leave you stranded if you do, you just don't want to drive it to much because it could cause a problem with the catalytic converter which would cost you more to repair. Short trips no problem and again, if you get the code, let me know here so I can provide more help.

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Mechanic for Acura: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 3 months ago

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Apparently short distances not good it broke down and now I'm stuck with no auto place near by
Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Worse than expected
Mechanic for Acura: Mike V., Auto Service Technician replied 3 months ago

Yes, this sounds like more then just a misfire going on here.

I am sorry to hear this, I am really sorry.

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