1998 Subaru Legacy Check engine light

Tiny
RADUDRUGA
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  • 1998 SUBARU LEGACY
  • 4 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 225,000 MILES
I got "Check engine" light. My car runs as good as before. I do not fill any difference.
What could be the problem?
Thanks, Radu
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 AT 8:40 PM

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Tiny
OBXAUTOMEDIC
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Hello,

Go by your local auto parts store and have them pull codes for you and post them here.

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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 AT 8:48 PM
Tiny
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There are several houdred things that can make your check engine light come on, most of them can are emission control related. Something as simple as a loose fuel cap can make your check engine light come on on late model vehicles. The first step in the diagnosis would be to find out what fault code turned on your check engine light.
There are serveral large chain parts store that will read the codes for you free of charge. As I stated earlier, knowing the code is the first step in the diagnosis. Once you know the code, there is a standardized diagnostic flow chart for each code. An oxygen sensor code (there are several) does not nessisarily mean you have a faulty oxygen sensor, the sensor may just be what senseced the problem.
Once you know the code, let me know & I'll do my best to help.
Dan
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Sunday, August 9th, 2009 AT 9:07 PM
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JERRY REIDER
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My mechanic told me that a common cause for making the check engine light to come on is over filling the gas tank. He said that it is not a good idea to top the tank off after the gas pump shuts off. I had problems with my check engine light coming on and since I stopped topping my tank off the light has not come on.
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Sunday, December 13th, 2009 AT 9:05 PM
Tiny
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Your mechanic is correct, topping off the tank will force raw fuel into the evaporitive system. Raw fuel in the evap system can set a check engine light on some vehicles and will eventually damage the evap system on all vehicles. It is best to fill the tank only untill the fuel nozzle clicks off the first time.

Glad you have it figured out. Still wouldn't be a bad idea to have your computer scanned next time it comes on. There are hundreds of codes that can set your check engine light. As I stated earlier, most large auto parts chains have a program where they will read the codes for free.

Once again, I am happy you were able to take care of it.

Thank you,

Dan
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 10:54 AM

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