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Engine light stays on

Engine ligt staying on was intermitent at times checked gas cap it was tight runs rough at idle sometimes when runing rough exhaust smells like rotten eggs

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That is sulfur smell.

Sulfur smell it is not necessarily indication of problems if not accompained by an eccessive fuel consumption.

See here some additional indications:

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In conjunction with "kinder" nine out of ten time in my experience it usually is the oxygen sensor(s) which would be about right with the year model and number of miles. 

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Check the spark plug.spark plug dead or it fell off
Borrow, rent or buy an automotive code scanner and see what it says. Most likely you'll be getting something like a low voltage warning, but when the light comes on like that it's telling you that there's a problem. When the light goes out the computer thinks the problem is solved.
I'd suspect the battery but I'd also connect the code scanner before I replace anything.

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Hi!
Turn ignition to ON (everything lit up) BUT do NOT start it.
Press the gas pedal to the floor 3 (three, not 2, the manual is incorrect) times DELIBERATELY, not rapidly, in 5 (five) seconds. Turn the ignition OFF (to lock).

Are you getting any error code ?

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    You probably have an intermittent fault in one of the oxygen sensors .

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    Rylee Smith Jan 12, 2009

    If your car back pressures then there is a problem with your catalytic converter,and apparently that foul smell... Get your catalytic convertor checked

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The 1st thing to do is get a free system test form Autozone or kragen and see what code is stored that goes along with the light, there are over 100 trouble code's that turn the light on

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THE LARGE HOSE "CARB TO AIR FILTER may be OFF" so INSTALL IT and check out.the engine light will function properly.

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You will need to have the codes pulled and we can go from there autozone will do this for free. if it is running rough may have a cyl misfire and this would also explain the smell. get the code and let me know what it is and i can help you

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    have you got the code pulled yet?

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All modern vehicles have a computer or the ECM (Electronic Control Module) that controls the operation of the vehicle powertrain (the engine and transmission). The main purpose of this is to keep the engine running at top efficiency with the lowest possible emissions. With constantly growing demands for better fuel economy and new strictest emission regulations it's not very easy to achieve. The engine parameters need to be constantly and precisely adjusted according to various conditions such as speed, load, engine temperature, gasoline quality, ambient air temperature, road conditions, etc. That's why today's cars have much more electronics than in early days - there is a large number of various sensors and other electronic devices that help the vehicle computer or ECM to precisely control the engine and transmission operation and monitor emissions.
The vehicle computer system has self-testing capability. When the computer senses that there is a problem with some of the components it stores the correspondent trouble code(s) in its memory and lights up the "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light to tell you that there is a problem and your car needs to be looked at. To properly diagnose what is wrong, you need to take your car to a mechanic or a dealer. The technician at the dealership or a garage will then hook up the scanner to the car computer and retrieve the stored trouble code(s). Then he (she) will look it up in the service manual provided by a car manufacturer. The service manual contains the list of possible codes (about few hundreds) and describes what each code means and what needs to be tested. The code itself doesn't tell exactly what component is defective - it only indicates where to look, what engine parameter is out of normal range. The technician will have to perform further testing to pinpoint a defective part.

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