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Check engine light comes on.I can un do the battery cable,the light goes out but comes back on,sometimes about 20 miles or may not come back on in 500 miles

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Recommend you have the car scanned for a history of trouble codes. The computer will store the faults even after the light goes out. The light is indicating that the engine computer has detected a fault in the system. The computer uses a number of sensors to monitor what is happening with the engine and perhaps a few other systems in the car. A scanner is used to hookup to the computer thru a connector, usually under the dash by the drivers knees.
The scanner will read the fault codes stored by the computer. Many parts stores, such as Autozone and Advance, will provide a free scan of your car/truck. Your mechanic may have a more advanced scanner that can troubleshoot each code down to the component failure, but if you want to do it yourself (or perhaps with a little help from FixYa), write down the codes and look them up online. The following page lists the standard codes and their probable causes: http://alflash.com.ua/OBDII/EOBDcodes.pdf
This only gives you some ideas for troubleshooting. Let us know if you need help deciphering codes or troubleshooting your codes. When writing to FixYa, please identify your codes and provide information on any symptoms you are experiencing with the car/truck.

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By disconnecting the battery terminal you reset the on board computer, this does not reset the problem. There is a ODB2 fault code stored!!Have it scanned by an OBD2 reader when the light is on, Autozone will do it for free!! As for the 20miles or 500 miles, the faulty sensor may be intermittently failing. hopefully this helpd

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