Service light

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THORBOY1969
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
The service light came on I heard clicking from the right hand side of the dash before the light came on I then took the car to auto zone and no codes came up, the light soon after went off then did not come back on until this morning. Not sure what to check because the car seems to be running fine' the brakes squeak a little bit but that is the only thing that I notice that is different
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Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 AT 9:38 AM

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Tiny
MMPRINCE4000
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The service light is telling you it is time for an oil change for the engine here is a guide to show you how.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-change-engine-oil-and-filter

To reset the light once completed turn the key tot he on position without starting the engine then press down fully on the accelerator 5 times rapidly. This will reset the light.

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers
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Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 AT 8:50 AM
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MMURPHY2010
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  • 180,000 MILES
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier service light came on. There is a ticking sound when I put it in gear and my light on the dashboard indicating daytime running lights blinks and the daytime running lights are not working.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:53 PM (Merged)
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RUSSAURICH
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I had the same problem. I replaced both headlights and problem was corrected.
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DAN2709
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  • 2002 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 160,000 MILES
Hello, I would appreciate your answer reg. A problem I am having for the last 2 days (Chevrolet Cavalier 2002). Which is: the "service" light (yellow and located on the lower left side) goes on when I start the engine, than goes off and when I put the car in gear I hear 8 quick clicks along with a light on the upper right side)!
This only happens one time at the start and right after I put the car in gear (usually in reverse, honestly I haven't tried if it happens the same in drive)..
. How bad is this, can I still drive my car and roughly how much do you think it will cost me?

Thank you in advance!

Dan/Toronto
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:53 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MMPRINCE4000
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Could be a relay about to go, or bad connection.

What light is coming on? You said SES light goes off after engine is started (normal), so what light is coming on? ABS, traction control, security?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:53 PM (Merged)
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ROBERTJREIFF
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Help! I have a 2002 Chevy Cavalier. The service light comes on as soon as I put the car in gear. It does not come on until I put the car in gear. The running lights light on the dash board flickers on and off and I can hear the relay in the fuse box clicking on and off. As soon as the running lights light on the dash board stops turning on and off, the service light comes on. Is this because the running lights are not working? If I change the headlight bulbs, will that fix the trouble?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:53 PM (Merged)
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BYMECH
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This sounds like a BCM problem because I had this problem and that's what the shop replaced cost me $430.00
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:53 PM (Merged)
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MBONGERS2
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I had a 2000 sunfire that did the same thing. The clicking you hear is most likely the daytime running light relay. It will click about four times and then the little wrench will light up. It may be you have a bad bulb the car I had it was a bad wire by the battey and the bulbs were fine. Also as a side not the low beams worked but the high beams did't. Look at your bulbs or test for voltage at plug. Hope it helps.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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JED FAIRALL
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  • 2003 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 119,000 MILES
Upon looking on forums many other people have this same issue I just have not resolved mine, I just bought this car for my wife it is the ls model the headlights work the fogs work the blinkers work the backup lights work and the high beam works" I See No Day Time Runining Lights on as the car is on". The problem is when I turn the car on all fine no problems when I put the car in drive or reverse the DRL ICON flickers On the dash for a couple seconds then disappears then the service light pops on. The head lights flicker for about three seconds at the same time, The things I have done to try and fix this issue was replacing the relay fuse and both BCM fuses in the fuse box in the car, I replaced both headlight bulbs with 9007 and blinker bulbs, My car has 119,000 miles. My car has an automatic transmission.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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So what are the exact code numbers not code descriptions you have in the computer?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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JED FAIRALL
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I was told if I hook a obd will not read any service codes?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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SATURNTECH9
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I would the check engine light is coming on I do not see why there would not be codes. That could be a big clue on what is going on.
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BILLTIBBETTS
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  • 2000 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
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  • FWD
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The service light is on (not check engine light) how do I reset this reminder light?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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Try removing the battery cable for 10 minutes and see how that works.
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MYABU
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  • 2WD
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What does it mean when the service light comes on (a picture of a wrench)?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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RHALL77
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Check you gas cap and make sure its tight, also you need to have it scanned for trouble codes
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TROOGY
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2001 Chevy Cavalier 117000 miles

When put into gear, the headlight lamp on the control panel flickers a bunch of times and then the service light comes on, and stays on during driving. Goes out after car is parked and turned off, and then started and put into gear again. It is an automatic. 4 cylinder car.
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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RASMATAZ
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Go to Autozone its a free public service and have the computer scanned for code/s-you have a problem within the engine management system that caused the CEL to turn on-This is your starting point of diagnosis, finding out what's going on
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JBELZIL
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When I put the car in gear, I hear a ticking noise and then the service light comes on. Anything I can check before I take it to a mechanic?
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Tuesday, August 14th, 2018 AT 2:54 PM (Merged)
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MMPRINCE4000
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Take it to any autoparts store and get the PCM scanned for free, it will give you some idea of what is wrong.

Additional reading:

http://www.2carpros.com/dia/how_to_scan_trouble_codes.htm
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