1st - the service light with wrench came on a few weeks ago and my mechanic was unable to find the cause, he told me to take it to the Saturn dealership for diagnosis (they want to charge a fortune just to tell me what the problem is). This is not the "service engine soon" light, it only says "service" with a picture of a wrench next to it.
2nd - my radio stopped working and shows "loc", any suggestions?
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Re: Service light and radio
First problem - the wrench icon is usually not a failure light like a check engine light - it's a resettable reminder light that something (most likely an oil change) is due. When the service is done, the intent is that the light is reset, and the next time it illuminates, you'll bring the car back in, do what's required, and turn it off again. It's just a reminder is all.
Second problem - your factory stereo lost its power to the memory system, and now it's in secure mode. You need the unlock code to be able to use it again. That should be on a card in the bundle of manuals in your glovebox. If it's not, take the registration, title, and photo ID to the dealer and have them look up the number by the VIN of the car. They may charge up to an hour's labor to do this, so make sure they write it down for you and show you how to enter it, so you're not stuck paying again if you lose power to the stereo.
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Sounds like you need to find another mechanic. A dirty throttle wont cause a loss of power. Sounds like fuel pump to me, but you need to have a competent mechanic check the codes, and check the fuel pressure when its acting up.
if the previous owner(s)had any sense they would have written it in the service book,but hey...you need to have the thing recoded dealers, do NOT keep codes as you can change it but you need original first....
Check the your owners manual, if your lucky the original owner wrote it down when they bought the care. If not you will need to get the code from the dealer. You might even need to take the car to the dealer to have the radio unlocked. Some auto manufacturers have designed their radios to require a code whenever the battery is disconnected, in order to make the stereos worthless to theives, and thereby discourage theft. Ususally it just creates headaches for the owner of the vehicle.
sounds like alt. wasn't charging/or bat wasn't taking charge. take bat to have tasted. if its ok. suspect the alt. with a good bat. the voltage at terminals when running with lights on should be 12-14.5.
If you brought your car to Honda for service, they probably forgot to reset the maintenance reminder. If you took it to another shop, they probably did not know how to reset it. Anyway, the reset procedure is:
Put your key in the ignition Turn the key to the II position for a couple of seconds Then turn the key to the off position Now push and hold in the odometer reset button While still holding the odometer reset button, turn the key back to the II position Hold for I think 10 seconds or so and your maintenance reminder light should reset it self.