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Engine light stays on> tightened the gas cap

Engine light stays on> tightened the gas cap and added more anti freeze, checked the radiator. What else could it be?

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Any number of things. You could take it to an auto parts store like Autozone who can put a mini scanner on it and tell u codes/problem

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Here's the procedure on how to drain the coolant from your radiator.


1. Prepare what you need. To make the process easier, it would be wise to have everything you need before you begin:

Pair of latex gloves.
Screwdriver or wrench.
Rags.
Radiator Flush.
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2. Place your car on an elevated ramp. If you don't have one, you can use a lifter to do the job. This is usually stashed in your car's compartment in the back. Positioning your car in an elevated position will make the draining process easier. Keep in mind that though that despite your car being in an elevated position it should still be in a level or flat position.
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