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Check engine light after oil change

I just changed the oil in my girlfriend's 2004 Dodge Stratus, and the check engine came on. It has oil in it and I have already check the oil filter and drain plug. Any ideas as to what's going on?

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If it is the service engine light, go to Auto Zone and they will put a scanner on it for free and diagnose the code. I may have fixed the same problem with my daughter's 2004 Dodge Stratus 2.7L V-6 a few months ago. Is it the "Oil Pressure Light" or the service engine light? My daughter's car had a sporadic low oil pressure light. Checking the actual oil pressure is more work, so I guessed it was the Oil Pressure sending unit and it was. When I took it off it the electrical connection was soaked in oil due to some internal failure. I put a new oil pressure sending unit on and the oil pressure light has not come back on.

If you remove the wire connector and there is no oil on anything, try sparying it with electrical parts cleaner and putting it back together. If the oil light is still on you will need to replace the sending unit.

It is an easy job, but it must be done from the underside of the engine in a tight space. Make sure the enginer is cool because the sending unit is close to the exhaust. There is an aluminum heat shield with three (3) bolts that needs to be removed and is most of the work. You will need to plug the hole with a clean rag or wait for the next oil change to do the job and replace it after you drain the oil.

If the easy steps above do not solve the problem then you may have bigger trouble like a bad oil pump, or worse yet, a really worn out engine that needs a rebuild.

Just last week, I has a SEL scanned at Auto Zone and it turned out to be the Engine Coolant Temperatuere Sensor. I removed the electrical connection and sprayed it with electric parts cleaner and put it back together. No light since then. Good Luck!

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No telling. If you had the check engine light on due to it being low on oil, and it is still on, remove the positive battery cable and momentarily ground it against the frame. This will clear it, but you will lose your time and radio stations. I would have a diagnostic run on it to determine what is wrong with it, if it isn't obvious.

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