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Engine light 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 good condition, the only problem is the engine light. Please email and Thank you for any

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  • Kirk May 11, 2010

    have they given you a list of the diagnostic codes they get when they scan your car? if they havent then you need to go to another shop. if they have post the codes here to get the help you need to get that light off with a repair not just by clearing the codes.

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    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    if the engine light is coming back on then they havent fixed the problem . You should not be charged to check it again

    How the engine light works is the car computer monitors all the sensors on the engine when one fails the computer makes the engine light come on to let you now there is a problem

    next you need a scanner to get what they call a fault code from the computer memory the code will be in letters and numbers that identifies the sensor once you replace it and clear the memory that should be the end of of it. What have they been charging you for



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There are a couple simple options. The first thing I would do is check ur gas tank cap and possibly change it out that is a very common problem for newer cars that the gas tank pressuse isnt right because of a gas cap, I would replace it and see if it make the light stay off, very easy and cheep.
2. It could b an O2 censor cars usually have at least 2 of them, take your car to a auto part store and see if they will hook their computer up to it and see what the code is for the light to b on, that will tell u if its an O2 censor

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