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BMW318i 2002. The emissions light has just come on the dashboard

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BMW318i 2002. The emissions light has just come on the dashboard and the car is shuddering a bit. Any advice?
what diagnostics have been carried out?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

None so far, my husband is away and it was driving fine and then on the last short journey this evening the light came on and car shudders a bit when moving. ( I looked in the manual and it says the light is the emissions one)

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this light is not specific

it only means that an emissions impacting fault has been sensed by the engine management system.

the only way to find out what underlying fault has triggered this generic warning is to have the faults read from the car using a scan tool.

so, to your question, the ONLY step you can take at this time is to have the faults read out to identify the underlying cause of your warning light. there is absolutely no other way to diagnose this and no other next step that can be taken.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

so do you think it is ok to drive it to my local garage - I dont want to do any permanent damage- or do I call the AA?

If the car is shuddering badly you probbaly shouldn't drive it.
You will have to make this assessment based on how poorly it is running.
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