Need to see whats going on with my car ASAP

Tiny
DONYALE71
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  • 1987 TOYOTA CAMRY
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 200,002 MILES
My 1997 Toyoto Camery is hesitating while Im driving in when I cut my air off it drives a lil better but still seems like it's pulling and now a burning smell is happening, smells like rubber burning and my check engine lights has come on. Please help
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 AT 9:53 PM

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Tiny
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The "check engine" light is an indicator for a system that monitors many electronic functions in the system, also called the "malfunction indicator lamp" (MIL). It can come on for any of hundreds of different causes from any of the systems that the computer monitors. Some are very important and can lead to further component or engine damage and some are emissions related not as serious but still a problem and need to be repaired.

Your first step is to have the computer scanned to retrieve the trouble codes that were set when the check engine light came on. Those codes will give you specific information about what the computer saw and will get you pointed in the right direction to find your problem. With a 1996 or newer and some 95 cars and you have an AutoZone or Advanced auto parts in your area, they will read them for free. Once you have these code numbers, we can be a lot more specific about what your problem may be.
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 AT 10:16 PM
Tiny
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Ok thank you and once I do that I will contact you again thanks but Im kinda afraid to drive to the nearest autozone and it isn't far but the car is driving pretty bad. But I will try and thanks for getting back at me so soon.
Ms Donyale
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 AT 10:54 PM
Tiny
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Record the exact number, not their interpretation of the code and post it here. Remember, those guys are sales clerks and not technicians.
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Friday, July 8th, 2011 AT 11:00 PM

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