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The car has to go through several running cycles for the light to go out on it's own. You can clear the code using a code reader. Some parts stores will do this for you at no charge depending on where you live. You can also drive the car and if it's the problem the light will eventually go out on it's own. I do not suggest disconnecting the battery. It can cause drivability issues so you are actually better off driving with the light on then disconnecting the battery. This will not damage the car to drive this way.
Another thing that can cause this light is the vent control solenoid. This will leave the system open and make the car think the gas cap is off.
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It's located under the car attached to the canister. This should be the only electrical connection right there.
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