service engine soon light 2000 sl1

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Shawn, Jul 19, 2004.

  1. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    This light has come on and stayed on. I just recently filled it with gas,
    and reinstalled the gas cap.
    It hasn't gone off yet. The car didn't get wet either.
    It has 50,000 klms on it and doesn't run any different than before light
    came on.
    Will this eventually go off, or do I have to bring it back to dealer. New
    plugsand wires installed at dealer 9000 klms ogo.

    Any help greatly appreciated.
    Shawn, Jul 19, 2004
  2. Shawn

    Ritz Guest

    There are many possible causes of a check engine light. It is
    impossible to tell what caused the light to come on without connecting a
    scanner to the car and asking it what trouble code is stored. It might
    not be the engine at all. Various other controllers (like ABS or
    transmission) can also trip the CEL. Best to scan the car, and THEN
    think about corrective action.
    Ritz, Jul 19, 2004
  3. Shawn

    Blah Blah Guest

    Abs doesnt set the ses that I am aware of. Forget about the dealer,
    they will often charge you. If you got a Autozone store near you they
    will scan your car free of charge but they will try to sell you parts
    that you may not need. (since your in canada? you will need to find
    something similar to autozone) Get the code read then come back here and
    tell us what it is. Right now we cant help you any further, we cant read
    the code from here.
    Blah Blah, Jul 19, 2004
  4. Shawn

    Ritz Guest

    On a number of cars, the ABS and transmission controllers can (and do)
    trigger the CEL.
    Ritz, Jul 19, 2004
  5. On a '96 and newer car, the only faults that can trigger the service engine
    light are those that could either cause emissions to rise 50% above mandated
    standards, or prevent the detection of another emissions-related problem, so
    that is limited to engine or possibly some transmission problems. Any other
    problems will turn on some other warning light, like the Service Vehicle
    Soon light, ABS light, etc.
    Robert Hancock, Jul 19, 2004
  6. Shawn

    Elector Guest

    Canadian Tire comes to my mind.

    Elector, Jul 19, 2004
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