What Does the Service Required Warning Light Mean?

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In an effort to help drivers, auto manufacturers use a service required light on the dashboard of cars. The computer counts how many miles you drive and at specific intervals will remind you to service the engine. Maintaining your car’s engine carefully will keep it alive and running for the long haul.

The service required light is mainly used to remind drivers when it is time to change the oil and filter, but could be used for other fluids or components. In the past, this light was similar to the check engine light and could mean that a fault has been detected by the system. Now, this light is mainly used to remind the driver to change fluids while the check engine light will show that a fault has been detected.

What the service required warning light means

As mentioned earlier, the service required light is mainly used to remind drivers to change the oil and filter. When the light illuminates, you should take the car to be serviced at your convenience. If the vehicle doesn’t tell you what repair work needs to be done, refer to the owner’s manual of your car for specific information on your car’s model and what the light means.

After the repair work is done, a reset procedure is usually necessary to turn the light off. On most cars, there should be a way to do the reset procedure using just the key and without any special equipment or tools. The owner’s manual of your car may have the procedure in it or you can look online to find the exact procedure.

Is it safe to drive when the service required warning light is on?

While your car’s drivability shouldn’t be affected, driving for extended periods with the light on will cause excess wear and tear on the engine. Especially with oil, not changing it at regular intervals will severely shorten your engine's lifespan. Engines are expensive so keep your wallet full by maintaining your vehicle on a regular basis.

If your service light is on and you are unable to find the cause, our certified technicians are always available to help with any necessary repairs.


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Matthew

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Matthew
32 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala - Warning Light is on - Norfolk, Virginia
First off he was on time....actually 30 mins early which was great. Everything he described was what I was going through and he knew exactly what I needed before he even looked at the car. Other mechanics i feel were trying to take advantage because I am a woman but he made me feel comfortable. Still have to get work done on it but at least I know exactly what the problem was.
Chevrolet Tahoe - Warning Light is on - Norfolk, Virginia
Very detailed and takes the time to explain what is being done. Willing to answer any questions you may have. I would definitely use his services again and have already been telling my coworkers about this site. I have a unique electrical situation going on with my truck that none of the dealers could assess. Just by Matt doing some general maintenance , my truck is already driving smoother. Matt asked that I monitor things to make sure we don't need to troubleshoot anything else. I feel quite confident.

Quentin

18 years of experience
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Quentin
18 years of experience
Volkswagen Tiguan - Warning Light is on - Nottingham, Maryland
Quentin was very professional and meticulous with locating the issues with my car. Great spirit and explained and answered all of my questions.

Travis

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Travis
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Mercedes-Benz C230 - Warning Light is on - Charlotte, North Carolina
Travis came out to determine cause for the Check Engine light. He did so and told me what needed to be done and the cost.

Juan

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Juan
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Suzuki Grand Vitara - Warning Light is on - Durham, North Carolina
I won't go into details about the actual work performed - the result was completely satisfactory. Juan is knowledgeable about how these computerized engines work . He's very personable, polite, patient with my questions, and when I need service again, I'll request Juan. He put in more time than originally scheduled and seems to want to see things through and honest enough to tell you if the job is beyond his expertise and suggests taking car to dealer for more extensive diagnostic tests. I am well pleased.

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