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I just had a valve cover gasket put on & also 4 spark plug wires, my check engine light is still on, the mechanic said it will go off after I drive it a while it's just lit up b/c of the new wires. However driving to work today I noticed the car was smoking under the hood...Help

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The smoking will probally due to oil burning and should be checked that the gasket is on right but the light should not come on because of new leads something sounds a miss id goto a diffrant garage

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