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How do you troubleshoot the :check engine soon" indicator

How do you troubleshoot the lighted "check engine soon" indicator?

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  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Take your vehicle to your local autozone, they will do it for free.

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    Service engine soon light on

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Most auto parts store will test it for free and supply a code read out so you will know what the problem is.

Posted on May 26, 2009

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What does the service engine light mean on a 2015 Ford Edge


Service Engine Soon

If the Service Engine Soon indicator light stays lit after you've started the engine, the On Board Diagnostics system (OBD) has detected a malfunction of the vehicle emissions control system. Contact your authorized dealer as soon as possible.
If indicator light is blinking, an engine misfire may be occurring, which could damage your catalytic converter. Drive in a moderate fashion (avoid heavy acceleration and deceleration), and have your vehicle serviced immediately.*
The Service Engine Soon indicator light illuminates when the ignition is first turned on (prior to engine start) in order to test the bulb, as well as indicate whether the vehicle is ready for Inspection/Maintenance (I/M) testing.
Normally, the Service Engine Soon light will stay on until the engine is cranked, then turn itself off if no malfunctions are present. However, if after 15 seconds this light blinks eight times, it means that the vehicle is not ready for I/M testing.Check this link out Gary.
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I have a 2001 mustang bullitt that is showing service engine light on. Took it to mechanic and he put 2 different machines on it to show code for problem. No codes coming up and he can't turn off the...


There is a diagnostic procedure in the factory service repair manual for engine light lit ,no codes . Did you take it to ford dealer ? MIL - is referring to check engine , service engine soon etc...
  • MIL always on when engine is running (no DTCs):
  • MIL circuits
  • For Focus, Mustang, Town Car, Continental, LS6/LS8, Escape, Windstar, F-150, Expedition and Navigator/Blackwood:
  • Instrument Cluster, Section 413-01 of the Workshop Manual.
  • All Others:
  • GO to NB1

SERVICE ENGINE SOON indicator After the engine is started, the SERVICE ENGINE SOON indicator will prove out for a duration of three seconds. If the instrument cluster does not receive a message from the PCM within five seconds, the instrument cluster will illuminate the SERVICE ENGINE SOON indicator and log a diagnostic trouble code (DTC).

  • An indicator is inoperative/always on - SERVICE ENGINE SOON
  • Circuitry.
  • Bulb.
  • Instrument cluster.
  • PCM.
  • GO to Pinpoint Test P .

PINPOINT TEST P: AN INDICATOR IS INOPERATIVE/ALWAYS ON - SERVICE ENGINE SOON CONDITIONS DETAILS/RESULTS/ACTIONS P1 CARRY OUT THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER SERVICE ENGINE SOON INDICATOR ACTIVE COMMAND Trigger the HEC active command MIL.
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Yes REFER to Powertrain Control/Emissions Diagnosis (PC/ED) manual.

No INSTALL a new instrument cluster; REFER to Instrument Cluster . CLEAR the DTCs. REPEAT the self-test.

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How to reset engine lite in dash


Check engine light comes on and off, these are indication that there is some error code stored in your vehicles ECM. The engine module computer needs to be scanned. These will give the code and as per the error code the further problem can be detected and confirmed. The engine light indicator blinks or remains steady on dash when engine computer noticed any problem with any engine electrically operated components.


For more help, I suggest you to refer the help links provided below. These will let you know more about which areas to look, check, when there is engine light coming up on dash panel.

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Check Engine Light Reset Procedure?

http://whoisbyme.blogspot.in/2012/06/check-engine-light-reset-procedure.html

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http://whoisbyme.blogspot.in/2012/06/check-engine-light-on.html

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WHY Check Engine Light On car?

http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/06/check-engine-light-on-car.html

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After replacing throttle body the Check engine light starts blinking?

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2005 Chevy Impala: Service Vehicle Soon Warning Light?

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1999 Toyota Tacoma: Check Engine Light Read Code P0171?

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I drove the jeep the day before and it was fine the next say i get in and the check engine light came on and was flashing and it was idleing (shuttering) what could this be?


To confirm the exact fault,the error code stored in engine computer module has to be retrieved.
But as why check engine light came up,for that issue there are few help link with solutions to correct the issue.========
Click the link below:---
After getting car washed, check engine light is ON and key less entry not working, tried reprogramming. Also car shows fuel pressure? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/12/after-getting-car-washedcheck-engine.html
------------How to Read Codes from Check Engine Light? http://schematicsdiagram.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-read-codes-from-check-engine.html
------------Check Engine Light Reset Procedure? http://whoisbyme.blogspot.in/2012/06/check-engine-light-reset-procedure.html
------------- Check Engine Light ON? http://whoisbyme.blogspot.in/2012/06/check-engine-light-on.html
----------- Intermittent Check Engine Light? http://whoisbyme.blogspot.in/2012/06/intermittent-check-engine-light.html
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Service engine soon light is a warning light .(same as check engine light)
Indicates problems with the emission components and powertrain managing system.

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