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Check engine light is on

I have oil,transmission fluid. 63000 miles, 2003 kia spectra

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You have to take it to a garage and have a code scanner connected to it to find out what is causing the light to come on.
There is a lot of sensors, and any one of them could cause the light to come on.Be prepared to pay $60 to $100. If there is an autozone parts store near you, call and see if they do it.Some of them do it free.It only takes about 30 seconds to retrieve the code or codes.good luck.

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