Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

Quote: Originally Posted by Nativechief Are you talking about the CEL (which means check engine) or are you talking about another light that says ‘service engine soon” there is a big difference. Some cars have a service engine soon light that has nothing to do with the CEL and emission systems As long as the light is amber in color, a check engine light (CEL) and a service engine soon (SES) light are the same. It just depends on the manufacturer as to what it’s called. The proper name is a malfunction indicator lamp (MIL). Think emissions related. On the other hand, there is a service vehicle soon (SVS) light on some vehicles. It comes on when there is a problem with a safety system such as a burned out light, traction control or anything non emissions related. Then there are also reminder lights when you due for an oil change. Some go by just mileage and some use mileage, time, engine rpm and even oil condition. Confusing, ain’t it?
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

When the Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light starts blinking (as opposed to staying steadily illuminated), this means that a catalytic converter-damaging condition is occurring. Usually you will be able to feel a noticeable difference in the way your vehicle is running. When this Check Engine or Service Engine Soon light flashes, you should pull over safely and shut the vehicle off as soon as possible. Have the vehicle towed to your trusted repair facility for a diagnosis and repair. Continuing to drive this vehicle in this condition will do more damage and will cost more to repair. Depending on the type and age of vehicle you drive, there can be a huge variance on the replacement cost of a catalytic converter. Some converters may cost over $2000 per converter, and many cars use 2, 3, or even 4 converters.
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

Another possible culprit triggering the “service engine soon” light is misfiring spark plugs. Spark plugs on older vehicles (before 1996) needed to be changed every 40,000 to 50,000 kilometers; on more modern vehicles spark plugs can go to 150,000 km before needing to be changed. Faulty spark plugs can cause your engine to misfire. If you feel your engine falter occasionally, or the engine has a jolty feel under acceleration, your engine is misfiring and throwing off your fuel efficiency.
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

I understand this issue has probably already been resolved by misssims456 since its been 4 months, BUT for any others who may be researching this problem, you absolutely must get it repaired immediately. Nissan put 2 catalytic converters in that car with an egr valve between the 2. If you don’t get the problem fixed right away, you run the risk of having catalytic converter media (i.e. sand) sucked into your engine which will necessitate a new engine. And BTW, Nissan never issued a recall of that fatal design flaw for the engine. Loved the car otherwise & was sad to see it die.
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

225 Report shadetreez answered 4 years ago I understand this issue has probably already been resolved by misssims456 since its been 4 months, BUT for any others who may be researching this problem, you absolutely must get it repaired immediately. Nissan put 2 catalytic converters in that car with an egr valve between the 2. If you don’t get the problem fixed right away, you run the risk of having catalytic converter media (i.e. sand) sucked into your engine which will necessitate a new engine. And BTW, Nissan never issued a recall of that fatal design flaw for the engine. Loved the car otherwise & was sad to see it die. 11 out of 11 people think this is helpful. Mark helpful
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

Report shadetreez answered 4 years ago I understand this issue has probably already been resolved by misssims456 since its been 4 months, BUT for any others who may be researching this problem, you absolutely must get it repaired immediately. Nissan put 2 catalytic converters in that car with an egr valve between the 2. If you don’t get the problem fixed right away, you run the risk of having catalytic converter media (i.e. sand) sucked into your engine which will necessitate a new engine. And BTW, Nissan never issued a recall of that fatal design flaw for the engine. Loved the car otherwise & was sad to see it die. 11 out of 11 people think this is helpful. Mark helpful
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

There are two methods for resetting the “service engine soon” light on a Nissan Altima. One method, which is the most convenient, is to use a code scanner, which you can purchase at any auto parts store. The code scanner will display the codes automatically and has an accompanying code sheet. There is also a manual way to display the codes and reset the computer — you need to access a code sheet the decipher the codes. The trouble codes must be repaired prior to resetting the computer, because the light will just come back on as long as it sees the failure.
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Service Engine Soon Nissan Altima

Quote: Originally Posted by Nativechief Are you talking about the CEL (which means check engine) or are you talking about another light that says ‘service engine soon” there is a big difference. Some cars have a service engine soon light that has nothing to do with the CEL and emission systems True, it could just be a mileage counter, telling you it’s about due for the 100K checkup. You didn’t ask, but if you only drive 12 miles a day – 6 out and 6 back I guess – the car never really warms up properly, it will tend to develop sludge and other issues. You would be well-served to get it out for a good 10-20 mile run at least once a week.
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Oh, No! My Check Engine Light Is On!The purpose of the “service engine soon” light is to warn the operator that sensors in the vehicle have detected a malfunction. When we first see this little light on our dash we get a little worried at the potential cost of the repair. Immediately we assume the worst and fear a bill in the hundreds or thousands of dollars. It’s true there may be a major problem with the engine or one of its components, but often it is something that can easily fixed by the car’s owner.
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Turn the ignition key to the “On” position, without starting the engine. Wait three seconds. Depress and release the gas pedal five times in five seconds, then let the pedal up. Count seven seconds and then depress the gas pedal and hold it down for 10 seconds. As soon as the service engine soon light starts flashing trouble codes, let the pedal up.
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@NativeCheif, The light that is on says “Service Engine Soon”. I read some internet article which explains how to find the code. It seems like a simple step which I will try it out as soon as I get some time. I did tighten the gas cap very tightly but that did not made any difference. My service is not due right now. As, I said I only drive 12 miles a day in that car so it will take some time for my next service. @M3 Mitch, >> True, it could just be a mileage counter, telling you it’s about due for the 100K checkup This might be the case but my car is at 95,200 right now. So, it has a LONG way to go till it reaches 100K. Thanks,
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Once you pump your gas in this manner, your light will begin to blink. Count each blink and you’ll get the service code #, then check what the internet says is the cause. You can reset the service light yourself and it turns off. If the light comes back on right away then there’s an issue, if not maybe just a fluke. My engine light came on and I didn’t want to spend the money to figure it out, without reason, so I investigated it myself and reset it. Last 7 months car ran fine with no issues. Light just came on again tonight with exact same code. I repeated the steps and light’s off now. Mechanic said car has no issue. Mine is a 2004 Nissan Sentra, perhaps its just showing its age.
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No need to spend money on OBD scanner, simply watch this youtube and check out the sensor issue yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvWE71-kH6UOnce you pump your gas in this manner, your light will begin to blink. Count each blink and you’ll get the service code #, then check what the internet says is the cause. You can reset the service light yourself and it turns off. If the light comes back on right away then there’s an issue, if not maybe just a fluke. My engine light came on and I didn’t want to spend the money to figure it out, without reason, so I investigated it myself and reset it. Last 7 months car ran fine with no issues. Light just came on again tonight with exact same code. I repeated the steps and light’s off now. Mechanic said car has no issue. Mine is a 2004 Nissan Sentra, perhaps its just showing its age.

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