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Check engine light on

My check engine light turned on 2 days ago. I just got an oil change today. When they finished and I turned on the car it was there for less than 5 minutes then turned off. I drove for an hour and parked it for around 2 hours then when I drove for 20 minutes it turned back on. What else could be the problem?

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You will need to get the trouble code out of the computer first and go from there.The trouble code will let you know what area to look for the problem.

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It seems that you have a loose wire, bad connector or perhaps the main computer itself that is causing a problem If the shop is not seeing any codes, or codes come and go, likely I'm right...but someone is going to have to actually do some intensive testing to find the real cause. You can likely get another computer from a local scrapyard far cheaper than what the dealer will charge you...as far as wiring, you need a good accurate schematic a good volt/ohmeter and lots of time to trace wiring. When checking connectors test the pin, then probe the wire going into the pin...often the problem is where a wire meets the backside of the pin, either corroding or breaking..This also applies to any modules such as the security system...what you see on the dash does not always tell you that connection to components is good. This is not a "fix, but rather, a direction to go in. (exactly what I"d need to do if I was there)
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