Q: Vehicle Service Light

asked by on January 12, 2017

My service light has been poppin up for days now,but there are times it doesn't. I checked for leaks and didn't see any but my Coolant overflow was empty, which I filled up afterwards. The service light stopped coming on, but the next morning it did. So I check the dip stick for the engine, and i notice I was low on Oil, and i added a quart of oil. Service light never came on until later that night. I notice the light only comes on when the car moves, or even when I take the E-brake off and then turn the Steering wheel. Any advice?
My car has a manual transmission.

Check Engine Light is on Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

If you are referring to the check engine light on your vehicle occasionally the cause of it illuminating is the gas cap is loose. If the rubber seal on the gas cap is intact and the cap is tight, all other causes of the light illuminating would have to be evaluated in a check engine light diagnostic. During such a diagnostic, a certified mechanic from YourMechanic would use a code scanner to retrieve diagnostic trouble code(s) from your car’s PCM. Using those codes the appropriate individual vehicle components or sub-systems (often a sensor, circuit, and the like) are tested to pinpoint the cause of the fault or the reason why the check engine light has illuminated. Once the faulty part or component is identified, it is explained to your satisfaction and the mechanic will let you know of the cost to repair. If you schedule the recommended diagnostic, the mechanic will resolve this promptly for you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

what other issues can occur if a misfire troubleshooting problem is not fixed soon enough?

Unfortunately, it is possible to damage the catalytic converter, that is cause a blockage, if the engine misfires "too much" and/or for a prolonged period. It is not yet known whether your converter is damaged, but I will get to...

I got my a.c. serviced n alignment done after dat check light is blinking on the dashboard verna 2008

Hello, thank you for writing in. Without knowing what system's pressure is too high, or what the actual code was that set off the check engine light, it is almost impossible to give you direction on where to turn for...

On a 2001 Chevy Cavalier 2.4 L DOHC do you have tocompletely remove the timing chain cover to remove valve cover?

The cover (or "housing") is not removed. You merely disconnect the timing chain housing at the camshaft housing, but do not remove it from the vehicle. There are specific torque values required on all the fasteners so be sure to...

It turns over but wont start

Hi there. Are there any codes stored in the ECM? You would need to start diagnosing in the direction that the codes lead. Does the check engine light work? Is there spark? Does the engine crank? Is the airflow meter...

Possible alternator problem

Hi. An illuminated dashboard charging light is almost a sure sign that the alternator needs to be replaced. If the light is not on and you suspect a problem with the alternator, there are a few ways to test it....

My my 01 pt cruiser died while in reverse backing up what could cause this?

There may be a couple different causes and would first need to see if problem was caused by the transmission or the engine. Have the transmission and engine scanned for stored codes to see if there is an internal transmission...

Need to start car

Hi there. A great way to ensure your engine gets clean fuel and lubrication is to have a mechanic drain your gas and do a transmission flush, oil change, and any other maintenance that caused to the vehicle to sit...

Remanufactured engine running lean

Since you are using a cold air intake and most likely an air filter that is oil sprayed on it. These air filters are known to pass some of the oil that is put on it and will contaminate the...

After parts replaced, bubbles in reservoir

Hello. If all of the air is out of the system then the issue is internal. It is typically caused by a blown head gasket. This can occur when the leak is really small. When it is small enough the...

Related articles

P0742 OBD-II Trouble Code: Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Stuck On
P0742 code means that the torque converter clutch circuit is behaving abnormally often due too dirty transmission fluid or valves.
P3446 OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 6 Exhaust Valve Control Performance
P3446 means certain cylinders were shut down during specific driving conditions due to low oil pressure, faulty lifters or varied sensors.
P0054 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 1, Sensor 2)
P0054 code definition HO2S Heater Resistance (Bank 1 Sensor 2) What the P0054 code means This code means the Heated Oxygen...