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My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by vitality22(m): 4:58pm On Sep 24, 2012
Please automobile gurus in the house, i need serious help, my Nissan Xterra still displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" even after servicing the engine with a m.obile oil XHP.
Please what do I do because am not comfortable seeing that on my ride? i need your assistance.
Thanks in advance
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by werepeLeri: 6:20pm On Sep 24, 2012
You need to clear that with a computer software i guess.
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Costee: 7:59pm On Sep 24, 2012
vitality22: Please automobile gurus in the house, i need serious help, my Nissan Xterra still displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" even after servicing the engine with a m.obile oil XHP.
Please what do I do because am not comfortable seeing that on my ride? i need your assistance.
Thanks in advance
With Nissan "Service Engine Soon" does not mean your vehicle requires the regular oil changes, etc, but an indication that there is some problem that needs your attention and which is to be detected by a scan tool.
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by myke20: 8:46pm On Sep 24, 2012
Just google how to clear service engine soon in nissan and u wud get d answer dere or u can use an OBD 11 scan tool to clear the code.
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Costee: 9:04pm On Sep 24, 2012
myke20: Just google how to clear service engine soon in nissan and u wud get d answer dere or u can use an OBD 11 scan tool to clear the code.
grin What if he clears the code, and it returns, what next?
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by myke20: 9:33pm On Sep 24, 2012
It will not return. Most cars display service engine soon when u hit d 5000 mark. So don't be worried I guess it will not come back till when u hiy 5000miles. But u can ask d guys who wud scan ur car for u or better still google it and see how to clear d code manually without poayin d scan guys moni
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Nobody: 9:58pm On Sep 24, 2012
Costee:
With Nissan "Service Engine Soon" does not mean your vehicle requires the regular oil changes, etc, but an indication that there is some problem that needs your attention and which is to be detected by a scan tool.

Not true.

The Service Indicator in the Nissan Xterra is very different to an Engine Check light. The Service Indicator is based upon distance travelled and time elapsed. Servicing the car does not extinguish the light; the light does not know if the vehicle's been serviced or not. It needs to be cleared, either by suitable OBD equipment, or using the controls on the dash.

If the engine is serviced, and the Service Indicator has not illuminated, it still needs to be reset, otherwise it will illuminate well before the next service is due.
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by vitality22(m): 8:01am On Sep 25, 2012
Siena:

Not true.

The Service Indicator in the Nissan Xterra is very different to an Engine Check light. The Service Indicator is based upon distance travelled and time elapsed. Servicing the car does not extinguish the light; the light does not know if the vehicle's been serviced or not. It needs to be cleared, either by suitable OBD equipment, or using the controls on the dash.

If the engine is serviced, and the Service Indicator has not illuminated, it still needs to be reset, otherwise it will illuminate well before the next service is due.
@Siena,
How do i use the codes on the dashboard? Please do enlighten me more.
Thanks a bunch
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Nobody: 9:09am On Sep 25, 2012
vitality22:
@Siena,
How do i use the codes on the dashboard? Please do enlighten me more.
Thanks a bunch

What codes bro?
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by vitality22(m): 11:14am On Sep 25, 2012
Siena:

What codes bro?
Sorry pls, i mean the controls on the dashboard to be used to clear service indicator.
Thanks a million
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by biggiyke(m): 11:17am On Sep 25, 2012
@siena, i beg to differ.
Costee is absolutely right.
as much as i know nissan cars, i drive a murano, the "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" indicator is similar to the "CHECK ENGINE" indicator for Toyota, Honda etc. nissan cars have a separate indicator for regular engine servicing as per mileage driven on the trip computer. my murano has it on the centre console LCD display & this can be reset manually once service is done. infact, because i use mobil1 for my car, i sometimes reset the trip computer without servicin jst to clear the annoying warning indicator.


Siena:

Not true.

The Service Indicator in the Nissan Xterra is very different to an Engine Check light. The Service Indicator is based upon distance travelled and time elapsed. Servicing the car does not extinguish the light; the light does not know if the vehicle's been serviced or not. It needs to be cleared, either by suitable OBD equipment, or using the controls on the dash.

If the engine is serviced, and the Service Indicator has not illuminated, it still needs to be reset, otherwise it will illuminate well before the next service is due.
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Nobody: 11:28am On Sep 25, 2012
biggiyke: @siena, i beg to differ.
Costee is absolutely right.
as much as i know nissan cars, i drive a murano, the "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" indicator is similar to the "CHECK ENGINE" indicator for Toyota, Honda etc. nissan cars have a separate indicator for regular engine servicing as per mileage driven on the trip computer. my murano has it on the centre console LCD display & this can be reset manually once service is done. infact, because i use mobil1 for my car, i sometimes reset the trip computer without servicin jst to clear the annoying warning indicator.

My apologies, you and Costee are right, I was unaware the Nissan's CEL was the SES warning.

@ Vitality: Please disregard my previous, and go with Costee's advice, hope you get your truck sorted soon.

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Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Costee: 3:53pm On Sep 25, 2012
myke20: It will not return. Most cars display service engine soon when u hit d 5000 mark. So don't be worried I guess it will not come back till when u hiy 5000miles. But u can ask d guys who wud scan ur car for u or better still google it and see how to clear d code manually without poayin d scan guys moni
grin grin grin
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by Nobody: 5:44pm On Sep 29, 2012
biggiyke: @siena, i beg to differ.
Costee is absolutely right.
as much as i know nissan cars, i drive a murano, the "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" indicator is similar to the "CHECK ENGINE" indicator for Toyota, Honda etc. nissan cars have a separate indicator for regular engine servicing as per mileage driven on the trip computer. my murano has it on the centre console LCD display & this can be reset manually once service is done. infact, because i use mobil1 for my car, i sometimes reset the trip computer without servicin jst to clear the annoying warning indicator.


big iyke, how do you clear the service engine light indicator please
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by biggiyke(m): 9:41pm On Sep 29, 2012
chiebube: big iyke, how do you clear the service engine light indicator please
the usual way of course. scan the vehicle, fix wateva is responsible, and voila!!!! although sometimes, a mere reset might be all u nid. u may also do well to invest in an OBD2 scanner. i have one for my personal use & dat helps greatly.
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by vitality22(m): 11:08am On Oct 03, 2012
Costee:
With Nissan "Service Engine Soon" does not mean your vehicle requires the regular oil changes, etc, but an indication that there is some problem that needs your attention and which is to be detected by a scan tool.
Car Gurus in the house, i scanned my xterra truck and the scanner displayed
P0705 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit malfunction (PRNDL Input)
Please what does this mean and what do i need to fix?
Thanks a bunch
Re: My Dashboard Displays "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" by papaejima1: 1:55pm On Nov 26, 2012
I drive an Xterra and mine shows the service engine soon light.
I was actually worried about it and more so when it refused to go away after i'd serviced the car.
So I took it to a tech, who scanned it and cleared the code, but warned me it will return once i started driving maybe in a day or two, and in fact it returned 2 hours later!

However, I got a consolation when he told me it won't affect my driving experience or the car negatively.
The cause he said was that my Oxygen and Knock sensors were bad.
Once changed, the problem would go away and he asked for 40k to fix that.
Of course I did opportunity cost and postponed the fixing for another day! shocked shocked

Now I hardly ever notice the light even though it's still on the dash. And my ride rocks too grin grin

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