Did you know the Check Engine Light & Service Engine Light are different? Learn what these dashboard lights indicate about your vehicle now!
Two lights that illuminate on your car’s dashboard can be confusing, hmm, as well as alarming.
Hi, I’m Nancy at Kneble’s Auto Service Center.
All too often, customers, get confused as to the function of these two lights.
Before I break down the function and the difference between these two lights, be sure to like this video, as well as liking us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and of course, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Also, subscribe to our newsletter to get these videos weekly in your email.
Back to your dashboard lights.
Your check engine light, which can also look like a picture of an engine, will light up for a multitude of different reasons. All these reasons are telling you something is failing and needs to be diagnosed.
The check engine light monitors your vehicle’s computer’s function, and lets you know something’s wrong.
As I always say, it can be as simple as your gas cap being loose to as complex as a problem with your engine or transmission.
Flashing check engine light, well, that means you need immediate attention to your vehicle and it should not be driven as you can do serious and further damage.
Your service engine soon light, or your maintenance light, well, that’s totally different. This light represents its time for your vehicle to receive its periodic maintenance service.
It can be as simple as needing just an oil change, depending on the miles of your vehicle. It is recommended to consult your owner’s manual or ask your auto technician what manufactured schedule services are recommended.
Sometimes you find the service engine sooner maintenance light may come one right after you just had that service performed. This may happen because the auto technician forgot to reset the light, or the light may not have been illuminated at the time of the service but may come on soon after the service was done.
No need to worry. Consult your owner’s manual how to reset your light or have your auto technician do it for you.
Remember, do not ignore either of these two lights as they both need to be addressed. Keep your vehicle operating properly and it will last you a long period of time.
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