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Engine warning light comes on while driving - 2002 Volkswagen Passat

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  • Yinka Law Oct 17, 2008

    The engine symbol appears on the dashbord while driving, without any message

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Is this the check engine light.

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Yes that is the mandated symbol for a check engine light on all cars 96 and up, a fault has occured in the engine control electronics, there will be a fault code stored, go to a Kragen auto or any chain parts store like Kragen and they will test the system for free, post the fault code back on this thread

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