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Old 08-16-2016, 10:08 PM
 
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Originally Posted by louie0406 View Post
Check engine = something is wrong

Service engine soon = you have scheduled maintenance approaching
In my experience, "check engine" means something is wrong but what usually is wrong is the emission control. Still, I would have it checked right away in case it's something serious.
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:10 AM
 
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It's semantics between the different manufacturers. For the most part, check your owners manual as to what the individual lights mean.


For the most part, the SES = CEL.


It gets a little confusing because SES is sometimes misinterpreted as a "service" light when they are different. Some vehicles will use a light that says "Man't required" or "Service" with a wrench to indicate you need an oil change.


Nissan uses a "Service engine soon" light, like this. It's the same thing as your standard check engine light. This light, in this car, does not mean you need an oil change. It means there is a fault with one of the various sensors and you need to plug in an OBD2 scanner to pull a code and troubleshoot







My advice....read the owners manual. There is a section where they go over the various warning lights
You are correct.
I have never seen "service engine soon" as a maintenance reminder.

Don in Austin
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Old Yesterday, 09:27 PM
 
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Check engine = something is wrong

Service engine soon = you have scheduled maintenance approaching
"Service engine soon" is usually another phrase for "check engine," not for maintenance.
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Old Yesterday, 09:38 PM
 
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"Service Engine Soon" is typically an automatic reminder based on the miles you've driven, number of start-stop cycles, etc that tells you that should probably get an oil change soon.
Actually no! "Service Engine Soon" is another way to say "check engine' something is off. https://m.smogtips.com/OnlineForumQu...Light-the-Same
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When you change the oil, you should reset this reminder. In most cars, it doesn't mean much.

A check engine light means an error code has popped up and is stored in the OBD-II. If you have a scanner you can plug it in to grab the code, or bring it to an autoparts store who can read it for you. Usually, this is an emissions related issue.

A CEL can cause you to fail state inspection. A "service engine soon light" will not.
Totally incorrect because these are two different ways of saying the same thing.

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If there are NOT two separate lights, then you'll have to scan the car every time the service engine soon light comes on to see if there is a code.
HUHH???

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Bottom line: Read the manual! There is so much useful information in there. And the best part is it wouldn't be conflicting like this thread. It will tell you exactly what's applicable to your car.
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Old Yesterday, 10:03 PM
 
Location: mancos
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My daughters 98 escort has had the check engine soon light on for 5 years.Every time she bothers me about it I disconnect the battery for ten mins and re connect and it stays off for about a year.My neighbor took hers to the dealer for this $150 to tell her the ashtray light burned out.
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Old Yesterday, 11:44 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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