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What things should i be checking when the "service engine soon" light comes on?

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When was your last oil change? Check your gas cap, make sure it clicks when you tighten it. If your car is performing ok don't worry too much. Check all your fluid levels and your air filter

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go to autozone and have them do a free scan and get the fault codes.

Also, try this first - disconnect the battery for 1/2 hour and see if it turns the light off. Drive for 10 miles and it may run rough until it relearns your engine controls.
let us know results.

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