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Engine light on, should I be worried?

We just recently had the car serviced by our dealer to the tune of $2500. New shocks, CV boots, yadda yadda, They washed the engine too.
The car has been giving us some mysterious belch of white smoke when it starts up after it has sat for awhile, especially the first start of the morning. I've checked the battery terminals and they were powdery so I tried cleaning them (water and toothbrush) and reconnecting them. One day the car was totally dead and the wife called me in a panick... it wouldn't click or tease so I checked and sure enough one of the posts wasn't tight enough. I took some fine sandpaper to the post heads and reconnected and things seemed fine.
The car continues to give the big white cloud on start-up and after running some errand my wife mentioned the engine light is on, continously.
I really dread paying another dealer bill (we are one income and have only the one vehicle) unless it's really necessary.
Any advice appreciated.

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Have auto zone (or most auto part store) plug in a scanner see what trouble code it is.

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