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1997 Mercury Marquis - 60K miles Check engine light came on, oil gauge said "empty" - got home (about 15 mi.) added 2 qts oil - now it looks a little overfilled. Light still on - sometimes steady, sometimes flashing. Finding a full service station and/or dealership on a Friday night not easy. Heading for full overhaul on Monday. Advise pls.

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Go to autozone and have them do scan on vehicle most r open till at least 9pm and the service is free

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Sounds like a pan gasket but you would be able to see oil where you park..or the oil sending unit is bad...

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