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My check engine light is on and the vehicle is not running smoot

I just had a head and gasket replace on the van and one cylinder done. this is a 2003 montana van. the van is now having promblems running smooth. the light wont go away ant i have3 a huge loss of power. what can i do

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Have the code read to help you diagnos the problem. You can do this for free at advance auto. Need to find out what made the check engine light come on. It will not go off by itself and must be reset using the scan tool.

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