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Does check engine light come on when oil needs to be changed?

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No, the check engine light comes on to alert you that the computer has noted a fault in one of the car's systems. Take the car to an autoparts store and have them scan the computer for codes stored. Most parts stores will do the scan for free. Getting the codes will show what the computer noted so that corrective action can be taken. Hope this helped and best wishes.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

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    Bruce Canfield Sep 25, 2009

    Oh, and if it was a glitch in the system and no codes are present when the scan is done, then they can reset the light with the scan tool so it won't make you crazy. lol

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