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Changed spark plugs myself and now the check engine light is on?

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1. Wires aren't on the plugs correctly.
2. Plugs aren't gapped properly.
3. Wires are on the wrong plugs.
4. A plug isn't in properly.
5. Accidently knocked something loose while changing plugs.

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