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My check engine light has come on...So I checked several of my fluid levels and noticed the engine coolant tank was quite low..So i checked my manual and it says it should be between the full and add lines...Well it's below add...So do I have to go and get some antifreeze or is it something else I have to do...

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  • dmharrell Jan 19, 2009

    It's just stays on...No the transmission sounds good...

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You can use water.. but that is not why check eng light is on.. is it on steady or blinking? if steady it is not a huge deal may be 02 sensor or some kind of emission control.. if bliking DO NOT DRIVE and get it checked out.. How is the transmission is it slipping?

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