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A week ago I drove back to OSU from Portland and as I was beginning my trip I noticed an the check engine light on. Since the car was running fine I continued my drive. A day or two later I went to autozone and the guy there told me I had a "code p1296 cooling system malfunction." The day after that I went to Jack Scofield VW in Corvallis and they replaced a coolant temperature sensor and also cleaned the fuel injection system since I had a misfiring problem that morning and there seemed to be extraordinary carbon buildup.
The next day I was driving along when the car suddenly lost power. Pushing the gas did nothing. The car ran very choppy and the ECS light was on, but I managed to get it into a parking lot. Long story short: I paid eighty dollars to get my car towed to the dealership. They said nothing they did had caused it so they would not reimburse me for the tow. It was something about the electronic monitoring of the butterfly valve in the throttle body. They said it couldn't find the "home" position so it went into a fail-safe mode.
Today I was driving and the check engine light came on again. So I stop by autozone again and the car throws code p0492. They had no idea what the number meant. All I can find is "secondary Air Injection System (Bank 2)." What is wrong? Can I fix it? Can I hold the dealership liable for the ECS light coming on the day after they serviced my car?
 
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