What does "Service ENGINE SOON" light means?

Hey everyone,

I need help, and it's about my car. I'm not good with my cars, so I decided to ask someone on Yahoo! Answers (which some of ya'll might be good at it). I have a 2000 Montero Sport Mitsubishi SUV. I gotten into an accident about 4 to 5 weeks ago. I didn't get it fix or anything, it's still drivable. Yesterday afternoon I took it for a drive, and I noticed that a light was on, and it said "SERVICE ENGINE SOON, or it could of been ENGINE SERVICE SOON" it's one of those, but I was hoping if anyone can help me with this situation. I hope my engine isn't that messed up. Please help me, and thank you so much.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Don't take it to the shop, they'll charge you. Take it to Auto Zone, they hook it up to their machine and get the codes for free so that way you'll know what you need to get fixed.

  • LeAnne
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The service engine light means that the computer has received an input which is out of range or missing. It will set a default code in the computer which can be retrieved and the problem is often pinpointed to a specific component which then can be tested.

  • 1 decade ago

    In the accident, the O2 sensor may have been damaged. It is located inside the exhaust system. A code check should reveal this. Open your hood, and see if the wiring harness to the O2 sensor was pinched, or something. You should Clean your throttle body and idle air control valve. good Luck!!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's time for a shop visit to diagnose the trouble codes stored in the engine computer and make proper repairs.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Take it to an automotive parts/service place and ask them if they can scan the codes on your vehicle's computer. They should be able to determine what's tripping the SES light and what needs to be done to fix it.

  • 1 decade ago

    It means to go and get your engine checked, since it may be a problem. The shop can diagnose the specific problem and take care of it for you.

  • 1 decade ago

    you should take the car to a garage to have it scaned.they will be able to tell you why the engine light is on.Its possible the accident may have something to do with it.

  • 1 decade ago

    just like it says. the engine needs to be serviced.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    could be a lot of things but get it checked might be a small hole in radiator

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    take it to a shop

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