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The service engine soon light is on.....do you think this is something major? My car has sat without driving it much for about a month.

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That is your maintainence light. It is telling you it is time for an oil change. Was the manitainence light reset at your last oil change? If not, this could be a false warning. If so, it is simply time to go again. If you cannot remember your last oil change, err on the side of caution and have your oil changed and your maintainence light reset by your local lube jockey.

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If there are no symptoms, a typical cause is a sensor failure which might affect mileage or emissions, but would not be unsafe. The best thing to do is get the car scanned for trouble codes to see what it is. Autozone and Advance offer free scans.

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