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My service engine soon light just came on. My mustang has 180,880 miles on it. It seems to be running fine. Is this an automated light that comes on for service required at this specific mileage per manufacturer?

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Sometimes it's just a routine mileage thing other times it can actually be a fault code. You might run it by your local Autozone, Advance, etc.. parts store and they will do a FREE scan for you and reset the lights.

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