Does the Check Engine Light appear/illuminate on your Audi dashboard and won’t stay off? Learn how to read the codes and discover why the Audi check engine light comes on.
You may notice a few things when your Audi check engine light turns on.
- Check engine light flashing and engine shaking.
- EPC and check engine light come on.
- Reduced engine power.
- A decrease in fuel economy.
- The vehicle goes into limp mode.
- Check Engine Light when the lightning bolt comes on.
If the problem is less serious, you may not notice any symptoms except the check engine light. Even if you don’t notice any symptoms, diagnose your Audi immediately.
What Does Audi Check Engine Light Mean?
If your Audi check engine light stays on, the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system has detected a problem. Fault codes, often called Diagnostic Trouble Codes or DTC, are stored in the Engine Control Unit (ECU).
The problem could be emissions-related, such as a loose gas cap, but it can also indicate a severe problem, such as a faulty transmission valve body.
If your Audi check engine light comes on and there are no other symptoms, the first thing that you should do is tighten the gas cap.
If your Audi check engine light doesn’t reset within three to four days, it is time to read the codes. See the instructions below.
This list of common problems will trigger the Audi check engine light to come on.
- Oxygen Sensor – Reduced power and increased fuel consumption.
- Worn spark plugs – Reduced power, increased fuel consumption, and sometimes even engine shaking due to a misfire.
- Ignition Coils / Coilpacks – Unburned fuel, engine shaking, catalytic converter glowing red.
- Vacuum leaks – Unstable idle RPMs due to Intake Air System Leak from cracked and loose hoses.
- Bad catalytic converter: A fault code pointing to Catalyst Efficiency Below Threshold. Difficulty accelerating, especially uphill.
- Low-quality gas – Check engine light on and reduce power.
- Turbo Problem – Reduced power
- Ignition Control Module – Will typically trigger multiple cylinder misfire codes.
How to Reset Audi Check Engine Light
Follow these steps to read the check engine light on any model year 1996 or newer.
The YOUCANIC Full System Scanner can read and clear fault codes through every vehicle’s control module.
- Locate the OBD-II port under the dashboard on the driver’s side.
- Plugin your OBD-II Scanner into the OBD2 port.
- Turn the key to position II. All the dashboard lights will turn on. Do not start the vehicle. If your Audi has a Start/Stop button, you must press the Start button without pressing the brake pedal.
- Allow the OBD2 scanner to turn on and connect to your Audi Engine Control Unit (ECU).
- Read / Clear Audi Codes. Read Audi check engine light codes from the Engine Control Unit (ECU). Follow the same procedure to clear the fault codes by going to the Erase Faults (DTC) menu.
We don’t recommend clearing the Audi check engine light without fixing the problem.
First, you need to read the codes. Figure out why the CEL turned on and fix the problem. Once you find what caused your Audi check engine light to come on and fix the problem, you can use the OBD-II scanner to clear the code as long as no other codes are present.
These instructions work on all 1996 and newer Audi vehicles, including the A1, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, Q3, Q5, Q7, and TT models.
Audi Check Engine Light Flashing
If your Audi check engine light is flashing, it indicates an engine misfire, which means fuel is not getting burnt efficiently in the cylinders.
Engine shaking is often caused by a worn spark plug, bad ignition coil, Ignition Control Module (ICM), or a bad catalytic converter.
It is not recommended to drive an Audi if the engine light is flashing. Operating an Audi for an extended time when the check engine light is flashing will damage vehicle components.
It is better to have the car towed to prevent further engine problems. Under these conditions, the car may also go into limp mode (transmission, not shifting gears).
If your Audi CEL light is flashing, the problem is more serious.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I clear the check engine light without fixing the problem?
Clearing Audi check engine lights without fixing the issues will not solve the problem. If you fix the problem that caused your Audi check engine light to come on but didn’t clear the light, the CEL will reset on its own, typically within 5 or 6 driving cycles.
Do I have to use a scanner to reset the Audi check engine light if the problem is fixed?
You don’t need a scanner to reset the Audi check engine light until the problem is resolved. The check engine light will reset within two to three days of normal driving (CEL will turn off).
Can I drive with the check engine light on?
Yes, as long as the check engine light is not flashing. You must read the codes if the CEL remains on after a few days. Don’t ignore Audi; check engine lights even if the car drives fine.
Can a Loose Gas Cap Turn on the Audi Check Engine light?
Why is my Audi check engine light on?
To find out why your Audi check engine light is on, you or your mechanic can use an OBD-II scanner to read the fault codes via the diagnostic port under the dashboard.
We hope you find this guide, “Audi Check Engine Light Stays On,” helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Audi vehicle.
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