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Old 02-12-14, 07:05 PM
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Service soon light

My 2000 Nissan Maxima has a v6 engine of 182 cu. in. with 65800 miles on it.
Yesterday a light came on that says Service Engine Soon. This does not say Check Engine which seems to be the customary warning.

Engine has a timing chain and spark plugs are supposed to be good for 105000 miles.

Anyone know what the light indicates and how to cancel it out.
 
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Old 02-12-14, 07:11 PM
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The service engine Soon light can be many things. Call around to an auto parts store and see if they will read the code. Most cases they will do it for free. They can also turn it off. However, if the computer "sees" the problem again, the light will return, but then you will know you have an problem.

Or, if you want, you can pick up a cheap code reader for about $80
 
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Old 02-12-14, 07:25 PM
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Yes, I know I can probably have it read, but thought it might be a typical light designed to go off at a specific number of miles and someone might just know what it was. Will try to have code read tomorrow.
 
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What does the owner's manual say about the light??
 
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Old 02-12-14, 08:29 PM
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Nissan service engine soon light?
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Nissan's "check engine soon" light is the Emissions System. If the light comes on, make sure you tighten your gas cap. Emissions residue can also build up on the inside of the fuel neck. Wipe clean and reapply the gas cap. This should make the light turn off within 20 miles or so. If the light doesn't turn off, you may need to take it in to the dealer for a diagnostics check to make sure you do not have a leak causing emissions to escape. Also, disconnecting your battery for about 30 minutes will reset the emissions control. The 'check engine light' is really more of a nuisance than anything else.
 
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Old 02-13-14, 06:46 AM
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Thank you. I wondered if that might be the case. I will check out promptly.
 
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