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"Service Engine Soon" warning light

I bought this car (1995 Saturn SL1, 52K miles) on Friday. It broke down 3 hours later. The mechanic who sold me the car thought it was an electrical problem. He replaced the battery and alternator today. I drove it on the highway with the radio and air conditioning on. The service engine soon light came on again! What is wrong with this car?

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The "service engine" light come on in about 80% of older cars quite frequently. Usually, it means nothing being related to some emissions component or similar. You can shut it of with a rented (for free,) tool at Autozone. The tool is a code-reader, and can also tell you what the specific cause is, as well as instruct the on-board computer to simply turn off the annoying light. Odds are it'll come back if you don't fix whatever trivial B.S. it is complaining about. Best advice: Unless it's something major, just live with it like everyone else. - Good Luck, John

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