2002 Hyundai Accent blinking check engine light

Car has only 110,000 miles on it, automatic trans only has low gear. No reverse at all, and will not shift into higher gears. Check engine light flashes and engine sputters horribly when starting to move.
What happened to it? It was working fine right before this started.

Do NOT drive this car! Flashing check engine means very $$$ damage can occur if you drive it. Have it towed to a local independent shop and have them diagnose the problem. The car’s computer has stored codes that can direct the mechanic to the problem.


To supplement the excellent advice from @Mustangman, the reason your car is staying in low gear is because it has gone into “Limp mode” to protect itself and try to minimize further damage. Tow it to the shop IMMEDIATELY.

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