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Check engine light came on. i have 124,000 miles. had the time belt replace at around 90,000 miles.

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If you will visit a dealer, for a check and advice only, is going to cost you $65 to $100, and you will get the diagnostic code, and the code explanation.
If you take your car to AutoZone, is going to cost you $0.0 (free), and you will get the diagnostic code, and the code explanation print out, FOR FREE.
Keep in mind that, Car dealers have very sophisticated diagnostic systems, and can solve very complicated problems, but visiting first AutoZone isn't going to hurt you. Hope this will help.

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Check engine light can come oon for a veriaty of reasons. Take the car to a dealer and find out why its on.

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time taken ~3 seconds.

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