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Service engine soon light is on in a 2001 Dodge Stratus

Used engine was installed I drove it off the lot light came on

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    go to any Kragen or Autozone parts store and ask to have a trouble code test run, it is free, I will bet u left something disconnected, seen it over and over again. one note there are over 100 different problems that turn the light on.


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Also try disconnecting the battery cables to clear the codes. If they come back then try the Autozone route for a free diag. If you come up with a code we can help you in determining what needs to be replaced. I sell parts at a Chrysler dealer and I have access to all kinds of info on these like codes and frequent problems and solutions.

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