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Check engine light on but car runs good then when i tightend up the piece on the right side i over turned it and cracked it witch means i need a new valve cover but if i replace it will it make the engine light go off a dodge neon 2000 ps the engine light was on before i cracked the piece on the right side maybe because the piece was not conected tight enough i don't understand because it was not on 4 a wile about 2 days after i did not tightend it all the way so then when the light came on i over turned it and cracked it now i'm about to take it to auto zone check engine and buy a valve cover but i realy wanna do it by myself can i

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    you'll need to ask the Autozone guy what the piece you cracked is called.

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You can take the car to your local auto parts store and usually they can check your engine diagnostics code and tell you what part you need to replace. or what is making the light come on by the engine code the computer stored.. good luck!

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