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Engine lite, detonation problem, rattle sometime when accelation

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O2 sensors and/or ignition coil(s). they prolly burnt out your catalytic converter and thats why you hear rattles. same problem but im buyin a new one so what do i care - let the dealer deal with it. 02 sensors are like 80-1xx bucks and coils are like 50 a pop. not too expensive just look around and get a handy friend to replace it. shops will ******** you and charge ungodly amounts. good luck!

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