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my engine malfunction indicator light came on today it came on before and all it was was i needed to tighten my gas cap so i tried that did not make it go off i then later realized that when i started my smart that my catalytic converter didnt engage like it always does. will this make that lamp on my dash come on? And is it dangerous to me or my car to drive it if the converter isnt working ?
if you can answer my questions i would appreciate it thanks becky
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Could you describe what it looks like? I think there may be a chance you might have gotten the name mixed up with something else.



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in the book on the instrment cluster its number 7 its called engine malfunction indicator lamp
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and if my catalytic converter isnt working is it bad to drive my car
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Take it to Auto zone or Pep Boys and have them read the code. Cat will still work but just might be the preheater for the cat.
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i drove it around and it has good power nothing sounds bad, sounds just like it always does but i dont hear the catalytic converter like i always do for the first 20 seconds after its first started
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so pepboys computer will tell me whats wrong with my smart ?
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and when they tell me code they will know what it means and what i need to do ?
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and when they tell me code they will know what it means and what i need to do ?
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Most any auto parts store will read the computer on your car which will give a code. It will point you in the right direction to give you an idea of what is wrong, if anything.



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