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There was a sound like a fan running after the engine was turned off or when I bring the vehicle to a stop. It was very loud. The emmisions warning came on and the vehicle was still drivable. Now the car won't start at all and the EPC warning light comes on. I only have a French owners manual because the previous owner was french speaking. I believe this may mean the electronic start but not sure. Just wondering if any of this could have anything to do with the recall re the heat sheild issue.

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