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Mazda 2000 MX-5 convertible, 85000 miles.-check engine light remains on. Have replace the crankcase sensor. stalling quit. Both catalatic converter sensors replaced. do I need to replace the CC now?

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    Check your gas cap. It could be loose



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It depend on the code. there are a lot of things other than the O2 sensors. Have it scanned and bring the code back to this sight so we can tell what the problem is.

Most Advance and Autozone store will scan it for free.

Hope this helps

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