​​Service ​Engine Soon Warning Light

what to do if the service engine light comes on

The Bulb Check: ​​​Service ​Engine Soon Warning Light

​​​​​​​​​​The service engine soon light can come on for minor issues like a loose gas cap, or for more major problems such as possible engine failure. This warning light is not the same as the Check Engine Light.

The service engine soon light means that there is a minor problem with the electronics or the engine​. Some manufacturers ​use the "Service Engine Soon Indicator" as a Check engine light for minor issues more engine related. It could also mean that it is time for a scheduled service, like time for oil change or spark plug replacement. Some manufacturers do have only one indicator for both the scheduled service and engine problems.

​​What to Do: ​​​Service ​Engine Soon Warning Light

​​​​The indicator does say Service Soon, meaning that the issue probably isn't something that is fixing to happen. However you do want to check all your fluid levels.

If the light starts flashing, you may want to stop driving the vehicle and take it to a professional to have the computer codes read to see what the issue is.

​​You may want to check the last time you had a oil change, more than 5000 miles will set off an alert if the vehicle is equipped. Also check your records of the last time you had a tune up. The Service Engine Soon Indicator could just be letting you know that it is time to service something to do with the engine.

​Do reduce confusion, a Check Engine Light can indicate an issue with many things not related to the engine.