Service Engine Soon light

Reply

  #1  
Old 05-19-06, 05:18 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 49
Service Engine Soon light

How do you reset the "service engine soon" light on a 1998 Chevy full size c-1500 pick-up truck?
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 05-19-06, 11:23 PM
Former Member's Avatar
Member
Join Date: May 2006
Location: US
Posts: 782
I usually just unhook the battery cable for about thirty seconds, works good but you loose all your preset rap/rhythum and blues radio stations kinda hurts ur feelings gotta get that 50 cent and young buck
 
  #3  
Old 05-20-06, 04:30 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Barre,Vermont
Posts: 472
Either with a scan tool or fixing whatever is failed.
 
  #4  
Old 05-20-06, 04:38 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 49
Steven J.
That was what I thought.....guess I have to get to the service station. The battery cable only works will older models right?
Thanks,
CRE2002
 
  #5  
Old 05-20-06, 04:45 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Barre,Vermont
Posts: 472
You are correct. 96 and newer cannot be cleared by battery disconnect. You need to get to the dealer to check this out, and , hang on to your wallet, cuz it's contents are going bye bye.
 
  #6  
Old 05-20-06, 06:12 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 4,320
Not a dealer only service for sure
Unless a dealer is the only access to the proper scan tool

Many DIY parts places have the scan tool for testing
 
  #7  
Old 05-20-06, 05:33 PM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,518
Auto Zone, for one, will scan for free.
 
  #8  
Old 05-20-06, 09:50 PM
LouBazooka's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 553
Originally Posted by Cre2002
How do you reset the "service engine soon" light on a 1998 Chevy full size c-1500 pick-up truck?
Go to Autozone, have them read the codes and then ask them if they can reset the system ( erase codes ) They'll say No because is illegal for them to do it but most employees there will let You reset them , that means you have to physically push the " Erase " button and voila
That's what I did on my 2000 K2500 Suburban, tried disconnecting batt but it didn't work so I went there and this girl actually told me this so...
 
  #9  
Old 05-21-06, 09:34 AM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Barre,Vermont
Posts: 472
Agreed, lots of places can read codes and shut the light off. If the objective is to fix the problem that caused the light to come on, your best bet is at a dealer.
 
  #10  
Old 05-22-06, 05:34 AM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 11,518
Or good independent.
 
  #11  
Old 05-22-06, 11:10 AM
Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Frozen Tundra, WI
Posts: 304
Scanners

I bought a scanner just because I did not like driving to the auto store to get a read and a lot of the problems are so intermitant that they are not real problems (and to bring the car into a dealer, they WILL replace something whether it is needed or not and charge you $50+ just to pull the code.

My philosphy has always been, if you get the light and the car operation has changed, pull the code and see if it is something obvious. If not, bring it into the dealer.

If you get the light but nothing appears to have changed. Read the code (write it down) and clear it. If it comes back in a short time, bring it to a mechanic you trust.
 
  #12  
Old 05-23-06, 04:23 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 49
It was actually the gas cap not closed tight enough. Fixed no charge....
 
  #13  
Old 05-23-06, 04:41 PM
Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Barre,Vermont
Posts: 472
rlmmfao....let us know when the light comes back on.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'