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Engine light (114k miles)

Hi, I really need help, I got my car close to a year a go 1998 Ford Contour SE, the problem is the engine light is all ways on, and for that reason has not pass the smog check in California, I have taken the car many times to a mechanic and when I go to pick it up the light is off, but in my way to my house witch is about 5 miles a way, the light comes on again, can you please help me out, I don;t have more money for mechanics, I'm a single mom that needs the car, the car runs just fine, even my mechanic told me that it was in a very good condition, the only problem is the engine light. Please email and Thank you for any

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Check the following,brake fluid level,power steering level.radiator level,and oil level.also check out any rubber pipes for splitting around the connections as this will cause the engine light to come on as well.

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