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Check engine light came on and the owners manual refers to it as a emissions control problem. The vehicle only has 38000 mi. What could be wrong?

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You can expect the check engine light to come on, on any vehicle when it gets close to 40,000 mi. The emission system has to do with the pollution control. There are several sensors that monitor your engines performance. You can still drive the vehicle, it may just not get good gas mileage or you may notice something about the engines performance. I've drove several months before actually having something done. A good garage will have a scanner and can tell you what sensor is acting up. It usually cost around $60 - $70 just to have it checked out. I had an old work van that I drove for years with the light on.

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Take it too auto zone and have them do a diagnosis test on it

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