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I had this same problem. Went to O'Reilly Auto Parts & they let me use their error code meter. After connecting the meter, their meter gave me error code-1. This translated to "Evaporator Control System Leak Detected (Fuel Tank)." So, I knew the "leak" was coming from the Fuel Tank area, so it could be the 1)Fuel Pump, 2)Fuel Guage sensor, or 3)Fuel Tank Cap. I was not leaking fuel from the tank, so I it was likely the fuel tank cap.

I turned the fuel tank cap while pushing inward on my 1998 Civic-EX. Pushing in while tightening, I was able to turn the gas cap tighter about 1-1/4 full turns. SO THE CAP REALLY WAS NOT TIGHT, even though it previously felt like it. I have gone through about 450 miles (2 refills of the tank) since last resetting the light. My Honda Dealer wants $25+tax for a replacement cap, and I have found new fuel tank cap lids for as little $5.50 on-line. Bottom Line: get your car connected to a Diagnostic Code Reader and let it ask the car's Computer what's wrong. Resetting the light will make it go out, but if you don't fix whatever is causing the light to come on - it will keep happening, and if it's a fuel pump problem or fuel filter clogging, your car may stop running.

BTW - I have a brand new VTEC engine (Jasper) with less than 3,000 miles. My car has over 170,000 miles. This is my second 1998 Civic (Great Cars). My car is in great shape, fun to drive, and I plan to keep it at least 5-7 more years.

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The check light indicates an event has occurred that requires your attention. It could be anything from a bad sensor to a plug misfiring.
You need to get an error code readout. You can get a readout from many auto supply parts stores. The loaner meter is free. You can call around. Try Advance Auto, AutoZone e.g.

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