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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    have the system tested for the trouble code that is set when the light comes on.

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    HAVE THE DEALER TEST THE SYSTEM FOR WHICH OF THE 200+ PROBLEMS HAS SET THE LIGHT.

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What? Try having a mechanic look at the O2 sensors in the exhaust, expect to spend $200.
Cheap? Buy a can of "SeaFoam" at Advance Auto Parts ($9) and add to tank per instructions...drive at least 100 miles.
Good Luck

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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.
https://owner.ford.com/how-tos/vehicle-features/dashboard-instrument-cluster/warning-lamps-and-indicators.html

Jul 19, 2017 | Ford Cars & Trucks

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Service engine soon light


A service engine soon light that flashes generally results form an ignition problem with the engine. A service engine soon light that stays on constant results from an emission control system malfunction. A diagnostic scan from the local parts store can determine which emission system is faulty.

on Oct 05, 2010 | Chevrolet 2500 Cars & Trucks

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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.
  • Did the SERVICE ENGINE SOON indicator illuminate?
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.

Jul 18, 2017 | 2001 Ford Mustang

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2001 Bonneville! Several weeks ago, had trouble turning the key in the ignition - sometimes would turn, sometimes wouldn't. Then the Service Engine Soon light came on and the car stalled out a few times...


Service Engine Soon came back on and the car is again stalling ????? Did you have it checked for DTC'S - diagnostic trouble code's ? Service engine soon light on , codes will be present !

Apr 20, 2017 | 2001 Pontiac Bonneville

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Lincoln town car + service engine soon


Service engine soon has nothing to do with service or maintenance . Emission's OBD 2 engine managment system . Light on ! DTC'S - diagnostic trouble codes stored . Your don't know THAT ! Your best bet , take it to the dealer .

Aug 30, 2017 | 1998 Lincoln Town Car

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2002 pontiac grand am has 2 service engine soon lights the one on the right comes on and goes out periodiclly


Usually one is a service vehicle soon and the other service engine soon. They are different. The service vehicle soon is telling you the body has an electrical issue and the service engine is telling you you have a powertrain issue. If you get the codes pulled from the engine at auto zone or another big box part store for free and post the codes we can help. This we do first. Then we can worry about the service vehicle soon.

Mar 10, 2011 | 2002 Pontiac Grand Am

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"service engine soon" light on


should have two lights check engine and service engine soon.check engine means there is a malfunction.service soon is reprogrammable,when you change you oil. check you owners manual for reset.

Dec 04, 2010 | 2001 Buick Century

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Print out says service engine soon is that the same as the check engine light


service engine soon is a warning that you are due a service"soon"the check engine light is a warning that several things could be wrong and a diagnostic is advisable.

Oct 03, 2010 | 2002 Buick Century

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The "service engine soon" light just appeared on my 1997 Dodge Neon after I put in some oil. I bought the car second hand so I am not sure what oil was used before. I am wondering if anyone knows why it...


its because the car is due for a service soon,it gives you about 800 to 1000m warning of an impending bill .....
if you did lots of stop/start motoring the "service engine soon" light would come on sooner than lots of highway motoring.
just adding oil is not servicing the engine....and once done it needs reseting...

Aug 14, 2010 | 1997 Dodge Neon

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Two service engine lights


one is service engine soon referring to the engine and trans. systems, and one is service vehicle soon, referring to body, abs, hvac, etc. systems two different lights for 2 different types of trouble codes

Mar 17, 2010 | 2002 Pontiac Grand Am

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