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My car engine light won't go off and i think i might of had bad gas and i just put some better grade gas in and sometimes it wants to die when sitting at a light or for a long time

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    Tom Shanks May 11, 2010

    I assume you're refering to the MIL or "Check engine" light. Take your car to an Advance Auto Parts. Auto Zone, or other regional auto parts store and ask them to read the OBDII error code stored in your car's computer. If you had a tank of bad gas, chances are you should replace your fuel filter too. After you get the code, post it here and one of the good guys on this site will try to help.


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The first thing that I would do if I suspected that I got bad gas, other than the very smart thing you did, which was putting in a better grade of gas, is to purchase some sort of additive like HEET to try and dry out any water that was in the gas. The next thing would be to err on the side of caution and take the car to an autoparts store and have them scan the computer for fault codes. Most parts store will do the scan for free. Getting the codes will show anything that the computer has noted, which can eliminate alot of speculation. One other thing that I would suspect would be that the fuel filter has been clogged with impurities from the bad gas and may need changed. These are some things to consider. Really sorry for your trouble and I hope this helped. Best wishes.

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