Service Vehicle Soon Light

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#1

Bought a 1999 Olds Intrigue Has 2 problems The Service Vehicle Soon light on. I know its a reminder light how do you get it off The Trac Off Light is on also Has switch on console But will not switch off Driving it has not helped.


#2

If the Trac light stays on it means that there is a problem in the traction control system. You have to find it. Presumably this has ABS - is the ABS light on? (the systems are linked)

You should make sure you know which “service” light is on. There are maintenance type lights (for saying its time to change oil or whatever) and then there is the “Service Engine Soon” / “Check Engine” type of light. That one indicates a problem in one of the car’s systems. In this case there would be error codes stored in the computer which many auto parts stores will retrieve for free.

If it is an maintenance type light, you should be able to reset it my turning the key to on ('til the dash lights up but without starting the car), and flooring the gas pedal 3 times with 5 seconds.

I hope you didn’t pay much for this clunker.


#3

I think GM made a big mistake when they decided to attach this verbage with what has more accuratly become know as the “check engine” light. People are constantly concluding this light means their car needs service, well it does, but not in the sense they are thinking.


#4

If this “Service Engine Soon” light actually functions like a Check Engine Light, rather than as a reminder that an oil change is due, then the appearance of the two lights is interrelated.

When the OBD system detects an issue with the engine and turns on the CEL/SES light, it will also trigger a warning light for the traction control system (TCS) and/or vehicle stablity control system (VSC), simply because both the TCS and the VSC need to reduce engine power when appropriate, in addition to possibly operating the brake on one or more wheels. If the engine is not operating 100% normally, it is difficult for the logic of the TCS/VSC to interact with the ECM–hence the TCS light.

So–step #1 is to have the OBD system checked for trouble codes. Once you have fixed whatever has triggered the trouble codes, the TCS light should go off–either immediately or after a driving cycle or two.


#5

In GM vehicles the “SES” light (service engine soon) is comparable with a ‘check engine’ light. It has nothing to do with an oil change.I know the OP writes “Service Vehicle Soon” but I think he got it wrong.


#6

In that case, my comments above should be correct.

OP–Drive over to Auto Zone, Advance Auto, O’Reilly, or (possibly) Napa for a free check of the stored trouble code(s) that triggered the CEL/SES light.


#7

My confusion was, why were your comments connected to mine with a “reply”?


#8

Got the Change oil light off using your method But service vehicle soon still on not to be confused with check engine light which isn,t on


#9

Check engine is a different light on this 1999 olds This light reads service vehicle Soon


#10

The check engine light is a different light on this car And it is not on.


#11

Two different lights in this case Check Engine light has no codes Service vehicle Soon is a different lighr which is on all the time


#12

new with computer


#13

Not the same light CEL is one light SVS is another THe check engine is not on(CEL) I think the Service Engine Soon is a reminder light which is on


#14

So what do you usually do when your "Service Vehicle Soon’ light comes on?

Google search does indicate a Service Vehicle Soon light is related to a message from the BCM (or interuption of a message)concerning traction control. There are some other articles that claim some mundane issues like burnt headlights can turn on a Service Vehicle Soon light. Why don’t you “google” around and check out the possibilities?


#15

Owned. a Grand Am and it had the same light. And you would do Something like pull a fuse and wait twenty seconds then re-install fuse. Still think this is a reminder light. Something simple to make it go off.


#16

I found a thread from a guy with a Grand Am asking almost your same question,just “google” “Service Vehicle Soon light”, there are a lot of stories about this light.


#17

Here is one answer.
"The “service engine soon” light on your Oldsmobile warns you that there is a problem with the emissions control system. This system is vitally important for the proper operation of your vehicle. O2 sensors on the exhaust send information about the exhaust coming from the Olds’ 3800 motor. This information is then used to adjust the air-to-fuel ratio to optimize fuel consumption and horsepower. When these sensors fail, you can experience a variety of problems, from poor engine performance to stalling and hesitation. Once you’ve fixed the problem, you need to reset the light.

Read more: How to Reset an Olds “Service Engine Soon” Light | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_6382198_reset-service-engine-soon-light.html#ixzz1B3RrGipa
http://www.ehow.com/how_6382198_reset-service-engine-soon-light.html

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#18

These two concerns could in fact be one and the same problem. Only recall one vehicle in a slew of many that the complaint was SVS light on. 2000-2002 Saturn S wagon with the V6. When this light came on, the transmission would start shifting harshly. So yeah Rick, I believe you when you say you have a SVS light on. The trac light is on and not controllable because there is a driveability problem, and trac can’t work when the computer has no idea how much power the drivetrain is delivering. You need to have this scanned using a tech2 to best help get to the bottom of this. Have all systems scanned, not just powertrain.


#19

The service vehicle soon is a different light but the web site you referred me to will come in handy too.