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Engine light on after changing spark plugs

I changed my spark plugs, then engine light came on. why? what can i do?

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Hello, on your subaru when you have changed your spark plubs the computer neded to be reset . disconet the positif cable from the batterie then turn the ignition key for 2 minutes then, turn the key off , replace the batt cable and start the engine the ck engine light should go off......nicolas........

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