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How do i find out what needs to be checked when the SERVICE VEHICLE SOON light comes on, not the chec engine light as it is separate from this light?k

The Alero has both check engine light and service vehicle soon light,the latter is on the other is not

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When the light comes on, one or more diagnostic trouble codes (DTC) are stored in the engine control module. These DTCs remain even if the light goes out. To address a Check Engine Light problem, the DTCs are retrieved and the appropriate troubleshooting information is followed in order to determine the problem.

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* The Check Engine Light comes on and stays on.
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