check engine light

my 2000 rx300 has 58000 miles and the check engine light just came on. is this an indicator for regular maintenance, or other? the vehicle
is well maintained, regular oil changes, etc. is there a way to turn the check engine light off, without going to the dealer?
thanks. tom
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normally the check engine light comes on when the ecu has seen something that is not correct in either engine or trans <powertrain> operation. have the car scanned at a local repairshop.you dont have to have the shop repair the vehicle just have it scanned so you know what the check engine light is on for. have the shop document the code and description for you then have them clear the code and see if the check engine light returns again. if it returns again repair the necessary item<s> needed to make proper operation again. most shop will charge a nominal fee for just scanning a car some will do it for free.the shop i work for charges 35.00 USD for a scan request.

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thanks for advice, i think i will take it in for a scan. would a tire store have this equipment to do the scanning?
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Likely not. Note also, that practically EVERY "repair" shop will charge up to as much as $75 for this procedure. By contrast go to any AUTOZONE (auto parts) store and they will do it for no charge.
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I read you there, thanksss.
On Fri, 13 May 2005 19:32:55 -0500, wdg@[206.180.145.133] (New Owner) wrote:

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