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A light came on in the dashboard instrument cluster while I was driving that looks like the drawing of an engine. I just bought this car,(1999 Porsche Boxster), the dealer is closed today,and none of the owners manuals came with the car. No other warning lights came on, no fluids seem to be leaking, and the car ran fine as I drove back home.

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  • scott97824 Jan 31, 2010

    Thanks for info. The light is constant,no flashing.

  • Dan Doherty
    Dan Doherty May 11, 2010

    is the light on constant?

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As long as the CHECK ENGINE light is on steady, you can very gently drive it. If it starts to flash...turn the engine off immediately.

Have the code checked by the Dealer.

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The list of things it could be is to long, You wil have to get the car put on a code machine to identify it, even then it will most likely give you 3 or 4 possibilites.

Most likely it will eaither be the air mass sensor, air mass meter, or the EGR valve. they are the 3 most common causes of engine lights! Dont buy new parts as a lot of times they just need cleaning up and will work fine again.

Alos worth looking around your air pipes and ensure none of them are sucking in to much air, look for rips and tears in pipes, mostly on the underside where you would not see from a top view.

Hope this helps.

If you have just bought it go back with the car and get them to pay for it.

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The check engine light can be from anything from gas cap not on right to major problem steady light something went or damaged flashing is pending need scan some auto stores such as auto zone / advanced auto do it for free check ur local are most stores are opened the code will give u a start point as to solving ur problem

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