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"Check Engline" light keeps coming on, even after replacing spark plugs and wires. 75,000 miles. Runs smoother and with more pep after spark plugs were replace. Work done by neighborhood mechamic after he ran a diagnostic. Do I need to go to a dealer or to a mechanic who specializes in non-domentic cars? Thanks.

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You could purchase an OBD tool so you can check the diagnostic code yourself.
Harbor Freight Tools has them on sale fairly often; I paid $40 US for mine and it applies to our two vehicles, Subaru Outback '02 & a '97 Jeep.
Auto parts stores also have them of course but rarely that cheap.
If you choose to buy one, check to make sure that is an OBD II tool so you can use it later as well.
They come with a primitive but adequate program (for PCs) that will decode the readout if you lose the manual that came with it.

On a trip to Florida, my Outback gave me that head up and I could find nothing wrong anywhere so ignored it and a day later, it went off by itself and hasn't returned.
Computers have hiccoughs somtimes.

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