Question about Nissan Maxima
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Not to worry, the check engine or service engine soon light only comes on due to a emissions related issue. Usually, it is caused by a intermittent malfunction of a sensor like an oxygen sensor or any one of a number of sensors that monitor the emissions system. Sometimes even a loose gas cap can cause the light to trip. If you have recently gotten fuel, and then the light came on, try tightening your gas cap past three clicks. Wait a day or so and if that was it, the light will go off on its own. If the gas cap is tight and the light stays on, then you will need to go to a parts store that can check the code, or take it to the dealer to have the code checked and cleared. You will not do any damage by driving with the light on. Basically the vehicle's engine control module (computer) monitors readings from many sensors that pertain to the exhaust and emissions. If it recieves information from a sensor that fall's outside preset parameters, then it will cause the light to come on. Sometimes it is due to a bad or failed sensor, and sometimes after the code is cleared the light will remain off. But the main thing to remember, is that you don't need to panic. I had a customer once in an Infiniti whose Check Engine light came on at 62,000 miles, and he was out of warranty so he didn't want to pay the money for the necessary repair, but we changed his oil every 3500 miles and the light was on every oil change all the way up to 150,000. Never had a lick of trouble. Just a little peace of mind for you. I would still suggest getting it checked out eventually.
Posted on May 06, 2009
If you don't have a manual, just get a test light, and ground it to your door hinge. At the back of every fuse, you will see part of the metal filament showing through. Touch your test light to each side of the fuse. You should have power to both sides of every fuse (when your key is on). If no voltage on one side, the fuse is burnt.
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
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