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My check engine light is on. 86,000 miles it will not turn off even after i filled up with a new tank of gas.

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You can take many of these cars to a parts store where they can check the codes for you for free, but if you have already done that and no codes were shown, then you can cycle the ignition key several (20-40+) times WITHOUT starting the car and it will usually reset the light.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011

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Hello dan... that check engine light is not controlled at all by the gas situation. when it is on it simply means that there is an error code in the computer of your truck which you can read when you have that computer scanned. many auto parts shops will scan it for free. AAMCO shops scan for free. Dealerships charge to scan. Joe

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Please see my tip at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r5932051-check_engine_light_check. These are generic instructions. If you get stuck or need specific instructions for your car, please get back to me with model, year and engine info.

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