Jim Grant's Tech Tips
is a Service Engine Light?
Q: What does the Service Engine Soon Light
mean? What has to be serviced?
know, that’s a great question! Because the only other backward phrase
next to the "Service Engine Soon" is "Check Engine". What person with
any sense would use such a phrase? The Check Engine warning light comes
on in a bright yellow. So you stop your vehicle and open the hood. Surprise!
The engine is still there. No it didn’t fall out while you were driving.
It looks no different than that last time you saw it. So, what’s the point
of that darn warning light? Okay, now the Service Engine Soon light. Just
what the heck does that mean? What’z, the oil low? No, it must be the
coolant! I know of people that had their oil changed 2 to 3 times in an
effort to turn the Service Engine Soon light off. It wasn’t that these
people were on the short end of a stick. Though it would have been helpful
to read the foreign language manual that comes with the vehicle. They
were just following the seemly simple instruction displayed in bright
Here’s my theory. Computers in vehicles came about the same time the politically
correct junk did. After all we wouldn’t want to offend people with accurate
information and the truth now, would we? You see once the politically
correct flip’os had infiltrated the auto industry they quickly went to
work. They construed a plan to introduce warning lights that just confuse
the issue, AKA politically correct warning lights! Translation? No body
has a clue what it means.
The Service Engine Soon warning light is just the politically correct
way to alert you that the computer in your vehicle has a system problem.
Visit your favorite automotive service facility for a diagnostic consultation
with your vehicle’s computer.