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Malfunction indicator light is on - states emissions problems

This light came on recently & I am taking it to Dealership, but was curious what the issues could be, as I don't want to be ripped off and they tell me all kinds of things are wrong-- its 2009-- Sx4-- 43,000 miles-- I still have a warranty, but need some info on this so they don't try to cheat me. I am 70 yrs. old & they see an old lady who knows nothing about the car. What can you tell me please ?

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It should not be a big deal. The emissions controls on cars are so the fuel tank vapors do not escape into the air, but are sent by hoses to a charcoal canister that stores the fumes until they can be sent into the engine to be burned-when the car is running. It is somewhat complicated, with some electrical controllers that are commanded when to open to allow the vapors to be routed into the engine. All of this is done by the engine computer. The computer has a self-monitoring capability to watch the emission controls. When a fault is detected, the MIL light will be turned on, and a code for the problem will be stored. I should add that sometimes it is only a loose fuel filler cap, or a cap that is not vented properly.
Let the dealer check the codes and see what they say.

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