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We own a 1996 Chevy s10 pickup. While driving it to work the engine light came on and then the car would not excelerate What could the problem be

you need to find out what the code is for more answers. Most auto parts stores will scan it for free.

Accelerate. Go to Autozone and have the code read (free) post code here. Also engine, tranny, mileage specs.

 That CEL (check engine light) is just a kid in class waving her hand trying to get you attention because she has the answer. You need to have the codes read. Some places will read them for FREE. Try Autozone or Advanced Auto Parts. Get the exact code (like P0123) not just their translation into English and post it back here.