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After oil change, oil level was above the high level mark. after driving the 2001 vw beetle the check engine light has remained on. i had it reset and some of the excess oil removed to bring it to a normal level. the check engine light has come in again. ? oxygen sensor or catalytic converter

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You need to scan it , to find what the code is.
Usually check engine light doesn't have to do anything with oil.

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