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How may more miles can I drive in my 2006 Matrix after the Engine Maint. reqd. light goes on? I am just a few miles beyond the number set by mechanic (at my last oil change) for next oil change. I have been very regular before about oil changes, usually before the recommended time. Light went on last night (New Year's Eve) and I needed to continue for 40+ miles. Mechanic is closed for New Year's so I can't get to that until Monday. Meanwhile, I need to another drive 80-90 miles this weekend. Will this damage my the engine? apetach@sbcglobal.net few miles beyond the recommended oil change mileage ( 4888X) and the Mnain.t Reqd. light is on. Mechanicsis closed for New Yera's. HOw many m orel miles can I drive ( need 80-90 over the weekend) and not endanger engine?

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No problem, you will be fine to drive it until you can get to the shop as long as the engine seems to be running OK and it is not overheating or the "oil" light is not on. Something as simple as a loose gas cap can turn on the maintenance light, chances are though, on this car it was common for a failing VVT-i cam sprocket to get stuck and cause misfire codes. The fix involves replacing the cam sprocket, something Toyota used to cover under warranty, but not likely anymore.

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