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I have a 98 Dodge Avenger. The check engine light stays on. My car does not pass emissions test and the car is in the shop for three days now. The computer read outs do not tell them what the problem. All read outs say the car is operating fine. The only glitch is the car does not run well first thing in the morning. Can you help. I am afraid this is costing me some serious money. Thanks.

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Candy, Unfortunately it sounds like they don't know what they're doing. Once a check engine light comes on and stays on it stores a code in the system. You must use a scan tool to read this code. Find out if they've gotten any codes, or ask them to clear the codes so you can drive the vehicle and see if the light comes on again. They need to know how to use a scan tool and then how to diagnose the problem. Is this a dealership? If not, you may want to consider taking it to one. People always complain that the dealer is too expensive. Well I think if you've been without your vehicle for 3 days and you're still paying money...a trip to the dealer is well worth it to get it fixed right the first time. If it is a dealer, start asking for a manager higher up to check into it. They should have some kind of answer by now. Lori

Patty Streeter,  at Candy, If the check engine light is on then there is a diagnostic trouble code stored in the vehicles on board computer and this code is the key to solving the vehicles problem. It sounds like you need to find a different shop to diagnose your vehicle. Recommend you take your vehicle to a Dodge Dealer or an ASE certified blue seal repair facility that has an ASE certified master technician to accurately diagnose your vehicles problem. You can find an ASE certified tech near you by going here:

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