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Service Light is on Inspection Service

The dashboard of every car produced after 1996 has the ability to communicate messages of various severity and importance to the driver through warning and indicator lights.

The Service (or Service Engine) light is a warning light that is connected to the engine control unit (ECU) of a vehicle. The ECU is the brain of the car and monitors a number of systems, including:

  • Emissions: There are sensors throughout the engine management system on all cars manufactured since 1996 that alert the driver of any malfunction that will lead to unacceptable amounts of emissions entering the air.

  • Engine temperature: Sensors in and around the engine can alert the driver to excessive operating temperatures, which may lead to engine damage. Typically, this warning will be accompanied by a Temperature, Engine Overheating, or Check Gauges light.

  • Mileage: While vehicles have recorded mileage for many years, the ECU can also keep track of mileage between oil changes and other routine services.

There are many other components the ECU is capable of monitoring, and those also vary depending on the manufacturer and year of production.

Common reasons for this to happen:

The Service light is a vague warning and can indicate something as simple as too many miles between oil changes to potentially serious faults in the engine. The problem could be totally benign or very serious, and a professional inspection is the best course of action if the light is persistently illuminated. A mechanic can catch problems early that, if left unattended, could lead to costly repairs down the road.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine why the Service light is on, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How important is this service?

A Service light is important to diagnose shortly after it illuminates, given that the underlying issue could be mild or severe. Book a mechanic to perform a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

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Tinashe

13 years of experience
490 reviews
Tinashe
13 years of experience
BMW Z4 - Service Light is on - Atlanta, Georgia
Tinashe is responsive, arriving early for my appointment. He's very knowledgeable and helped me to understand exactly what was going on with my car. During this appointment, we found some routine things that need to be done and I am going to book Tinashe for the work.
BMW 328i - Service Light is on - Atlanta, Georgia
Tinashe provided phenomenal service. He was punctual and knew what he was talking about. Initially, I was apprehensive on using them but YOUR MECHANIC proved to be legitimate and very helpful. Will definitely use them again.

Jermaine

24 years of experience
136 reviews
Jermaine
24 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Service Light is on Inspection - Washington, District of Columbia
Jermaine was very kind and explained what was going on with my car. He even offered to adjust his schedule so that he could return the next day to fix the problem since the next available appointment wasn't for a few days. I'm very confident my car will be back in working order once he completes the work.

Pierre

9 years of experience
213 reviews
Pierre
9 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz GLK350 - Service Light is on - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Great guy diagnosed that car had computer problems unable to fix at site but gave me everything I needed to send to the dealership which was quite helpful!

Damian

11 years of experience
465 reviews
Damian
11 years of experience
Saturn Vue - Service Light is on - Upper Marlboro, Maryland
He did a full assessment and checked out the known issues that I shared regarding my truck and gave me advice on what I needed to do for the vehicle.

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