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I let my friend use my truck and he put 87 octane fuel whem it recommends 89 or higher and since then the check engine light is on and it sometimes pops and sputters and the only way to snap out of it is to hammer the gas until it comes out it.its a 2004 hemi with 72000 miles on it

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Don't think your friend putting a lower octane rating in had anything to do with this. If the 87 octane had trash (sediment, etc.) in it, then maybe there is a connection...but you could get trash in anything.

Go to your local auto parts store for a check engine light test. Many offer this service for free. They can tell you what the DTC reading is and what the likely culprit is.

Go easy on your friend, OK?

Good luck

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