Just recently the service engine soon light lit up not flashing or dinging just solid. We were told that in the manual there is a procedure to follow to turn it off. Where is it? We tried the gas cap thing but that wasn't it.
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You need to have the vehicle scanned or pull the code out with a code reader,and address/fix the code.If you do not repair the problem,you can clear the code,but the service engine light will come right back on.To clear the code,you can disconnect the negative terminal on the battery for at least 20 minutes,then reconnect the battery,but the car is going to be hard to get to idle,because sometimes the computer has to relearn how to idle the engine without stalling.Good luck.
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Check engine light flashing means there is a bad misfire , it flashes to tell you your damaging your catalytic converter . You need to have it check , you don't won't to have to replace the catalytic converter . Can cost up to $1,000.00 . Flashing Check Engine Light CarMD
The check-engine light may be a graphic of an engine or similar icon, or it may contain the words "check engine" or "service engine." In some vehicles, a red check-engine light means the car needs absolute immediate attention while a yellow check-engine light means you need to make an appointment soon. Either way, you should know the location of the light and periodically glance at it to ensure its status. The light is used to indicate power train problems that are associated with your vehicle's emissions system. (The power train is the engine, transmission and other power parts of your vehicle.)
Typically, a flashing light is more serious than a solid check-engine light. The flashing light is meant to alert you that you may have a misfire in your engine that will cause catalytic converter damage if you leave the problem unresolved. Replacing a catalytic converter can be costly, so have the engine checked as soon as possible by a certified mechanic.
A flashing check-engine light generally indicates that there is a failure in the emission control system. The emission control system contains an array of sensors that work to reduce the amount of pollution released into the air. An oxygen sensor reads the air and fuel mixture and lights up when it is out of range. The acceptable range is between 50 mill volts and 800 mV. If the check-engine light is flashing, you should visit your mechanic or dealer as soon as possible.
Loose Gas Cap
A gas cap that isn't twisted on tight enough may cause the check engine light to illuminate, but it won't flash. Try tightening the gas cap and watch the light. In many cases, it will turn off because the problem has been corrected. If the light stays on for more than a day or two, have your mechanic run an on-board diagnostic (OBD) to see if there is a code in the system indicating a serious problem. Your mechanic can reset the light to off if the problem was a loose gas cap.
Spark Plug Wires
As spark plug wires age, they can become brittle and crack, causing an electrical misfire. Your check engine light might turn on and stay lit. If this happens, go home as soon as possible, turn off your engine, and inspect the wires. If the wires are brittle and cracked, you need to replace them. If your check engine light stays on after the wires are replaced, have your mechanic run an OBD.
The check engine light is not for maintenance related notifications, it is for indicating emissions and drivetrain malfunctions. There are literally hundreds of causes for the light to illuminate on a modern vehicle, and you will need to take it to a repair shop or an auto parts store to have the diagnostic codes scanned to get an idea of what is wrong. Most auto parts stores do this for free. They also sell diagnostic scanners so you can do it yourself. The range of problems can go from as simple as a loose gas cap to major transmission internal failures, etc, so it is best not to just guess at it. If the light is lit solid, the vehicle is in most cases safe to drive until you can get the problem diagnosed; however if the light is flashing, you should shut the car off and have it towed. A flashing check engine light indicates a misfire so severe that it could cause catastrophic damage.
How to reset (erase the light):
Open the fuse access panel on the driver side. Youll see a small rectangular red button labeled RESET.
Turn ignition ON
Press the RESET button repeatedly until you see the SERVICE ENGIN light flashing on the dash.
Press and hold the RESET button for a few seconds until you hear 5 'dings'. It will turn off.
Turn ignition OFF.
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Are you talking abut the Service Engine Soon light? (Service Engine). If so, take it to an auto parts store and ask if they can run a diagnostics test on it. This will bring up a list of codes which indicate any parts that may be faulty and/or need replaced. Also, check all your fuses, relays, and battery terminal connections <--make sure they're clean too. If not codes come up, and the service engine light is on, ask them to simply clear the codes (which means they reset your cars computer). As I have recently learned (been told) when a battery has been disconnected a certain number of times, this alone can cause the Service Engine Soon light to come on. If any codes come up, find out what they are for, and starting with the least expensive parts (as one part can cause others to show up on the codes list sometimes), replace each as needed until the part if fixed. NOTE: Scheduled, routine tune-ups can help avoid such incidents. I sincerely hope this information is helpful to you.