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Service light on, but car gets regular service

Should I get concerned? The car does not run hot, nor the RPM levels high. No smoking, no noises, no choaking, nothing out of the normal. If someone has an answer, please leave me a message at lmceasar@yahoo.com.

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Take it to the local parts store or shop to see what the code is.

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