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'01 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Service Engine Soon

Q: I have a ‘01 Eclipse GT 31k miles. I was driving today and the service engine soon light came on. The car is running great. It was just in two weeks ago to check fluids and received an oil change (which it gets every 3000 miles without fail). I put gas in Monday using 1/4 of a tank. I checked the cap. I noticed it did not make a hissing sound like usual. I filled it with more gas, and put the cap on again until it clicked several times. There are no abnormal smells...Nothing...I'm leaving for a 700 mile trip. Is it safe to go or should I beg the dealer to fit me in? How long will it take for the light to go out if it was the gas cap?

- Christina

A: If your service engine soon light came on due to the gas cap not being tightened correctly the warning light should go out in a day or two of driving. If you’re leaving on a trip and need peace of mind you’ll have to have someone plug into your vehicle’s computer and ask why the warning light is on? You don’t have to go just to the dealer for that service. There are many automotive repair facilities that have the equipment to check your vehicle’s computer. There are even some parts stores that offer that service as well. Once you know why the warning light came on. you then have the information that tells you if the vehicle is safe to operate on a long drive.

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