Jenna, the check engine light flickers / flashes when ever there is an engine Misfire. If your engine is a 4 cylinder, loss of 1 cylinder (due to
a misfire) will result in a noticeable power loss.
You'll need to get the engine computer scanned to see what the exact code(s) is. Auto Parts stores offer free scanning. Not all.
Once you have that info, more help can be supplied.
Going straight to a VW Specialty Shop that you trust, would be the easiest, as that would save you the trouble of having to post back here.
Extended driving with a misfiring cylinder can cause more damage, so try to keep the driving down to as little as possible. Or at least try to
avoid the conditions that cause the light to blink.
You might just need new Ignition Wires or an Ignition coil. If it's a 1.8T, there are 4 coils, no wires.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 AT 2:17 AM