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Engine lite stays on, before that the overdrive lite was flashing

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I had same problem and it was the speed sensor on the transmission .The one that is in the center of the vehicle not the outer one that very seldom goes .it has a little tin sheild over it .but it is always best to have the codes read first before changing it .

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Your vehicle’s computer system has self-testing capability. When the computer senses that there is a problem with one of the components or sensors 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 you need to diagnosed and repaired it. The list of possible codes number in the hundreds. The code itself doesn't tell exactly what component is defective - it only indicates where to look, or what engine parameter is out of normal range. You or a technician will have to perform further testing to pinpoint cause and the proper repair.

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