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My engine light just came on, what could be the reason? Could extreme cold affect this?

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  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Extreme cold will not cause a CEL. Take the vehicle to AuroZone or O'Reilly's and have them read any and all codes. Write them down! Reply back here for more direction as to how to fix the problem(s).

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Never thought about the cold?? anything from a boot lock playing up to the fuel vapour collection can cause a engine light to come on.It was about this time tah jag started using modules instead of a complete wiring loom so its possible a mobile phone has thrown this light on if it is using modular system

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