The first problem is the "Service" light on the instrument cluster, this
comes on when you initially start the car then goes out after a minute or
two. It cones on again when you hit the "System Check" button and the system
check runs, then goes out after the system check is complete, is there a way
to turn this off?
Also, when you turn the ignition switch to the first position (instruments
light up, but engine hasn't started yet), the check engine light comes on
along with the charging system light, they both flash and beep, when you
twist the key again and start the car both go out and never return. When you
hit the "System Check" button it run's through the checks and everything
appears normal, does anyone have any idea what's going on?
Thanks for any help anyone can offer,
The light probably goes on during the system check so you can verify that
the light works.
There probably is not a way to turn this off. A good way to avoid the
problem is to not hit the system check button. But it is good that the light
goes on. That way you know the system is working.
Sounds like the car is working normally. The charging system light comes on
because the charging system isn't working. It doesn't work well when the
engine isn't working. So this is normal behavior.
The check engine light comes on for similar reasons. Another reason why the
car is made so both lights come on during start up is so you can see that
the lights work.
The car is working normally.
I don't think you understood correctly what I was explaining, the car isn't
working normally by any means, both the behaviours I described below never
used to happen until recently, so it isn't "normal". The service light never
used to come on, period, not one single time until recently, so probably it
needs to be turned off by the dealer or an EEC coder scanner. All the
warning lights go through their self check and turn off, which is normal,
then the check engine light and charging light come on and continue to flash
and beep, which is far from normal, until you start the car.
If anyone else can help it would be appreciated.
When the light comes on and the car runs bad.... it means that something
needs to be fixed. Turning the light "off" will do nothing to fix the car.
Since the engine light is coming on, the first step would be to find out
just what it is trying to tell you or your mechanic..... Diagnostic trouble
codes are a great tool in the hands of the experienced and a great waste of
time and money in the hands of some others.
Are you saying your "Service" light is separate from the "check engine" light?
Any chance this is like the Service light in the speedo of my 88 T-Bird, that's
basically just a reminder that it's time to change the oil?
After a certain number of miles (5000?), it comes on each time I start the car,
and turns itself off after driving about 2 miles. I hold Trip and Trip Reset to
it off for another 5000.
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