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EVAP emissions system leak behind ‘check engine’ light

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a failing catalytic converter. The purpose of the…

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What to do if a dashboard warning light comes on

Q. My college-age twins are heading off to college, and I am worried they might not recognize the warning lights on the dashboard or worse yet, just ignore them. Can you give me a crash course in how to educate them about dashboard lights?   A. Remember flash cards? Many of us learned our three Rs—Reading,…

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Your Check Engine Light: What you need to know

A Check Engine light isn’t cause for alarm but it could signal an important warning sign. Its presence could mean any number of under-the-hood snafus. Your vehicle’s Check Engine light can pop on for more than 1,400 different reasons–all related to your vehicle’s tailpipe emissions. Part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics system, the Check Engine…

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