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My gas cap was not tight and the check engine light came on what is wrong

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The loose gas cap can mess with your vacuum system but a check engine light means check your computers error messages. Have a mechanic do so before we speculate too far.

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I'll try tighting the gas cap.
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Its an easy enough fix while your there too, just pick up a new gas cap or you could pick up an OEM one from the dealership.

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