Auto Care Advice: Service Vehicle Soon Warning Light

The Bulb Check: Service Vehicle Soon Light

The service vehicle soon light should come on when the vehicle is started and should go out in 1 to 2 seconds. If it stays on, then look at the instrument panel for another warning light.

What to Do: Service Vehicle Soon Light

What to do when this light comes on depends on what other light also illuminates. If the ABS light is illuminated, the ABS is not working. If the red hydraulic brake light is on, then act accordingly and pull the vehicle to a safe place on the side of the road and have it towed to a repair shop. When in doubt, pull the vehicle to a safe place on the side of the road and read the vehicle owner's manual to determine what system is at fault and what action should be taken.

This should not be confused with the Service Engine Soon (SES) Light equipped on some vehicles. The SES light is the Check Engine Light for many vehicle models. It is a good idea to read your vehicle owners manual and familiarize yourself with your vehicle's warning lights to prevent any confusion.