Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 01:57:22 -0000
From: "kingdoodlesquat" <>
Subject: Re: Check Engine Light

"Fred W" <> wrote in message > kingdoodlesquat wrote: > > <> wrote in message > > > > > >>I purchased a 1999 9-5 4 cyl with 52000 miles on it two weeks ago. > >>Well, I was on the highway in Sport mode and the Check Engine light > >>appeared. The car starts and runs fine. Is this an emergency? I'd > >>prefer to leave it with my mechanic but won't have a few extra days > >>until next week? Can it wait that long? > >> > > > > > > If there are no other indications, I think this might be a "service timer" > > (for want of a better phrase) & so might be due for a service. If I remember > > correctly, it'll go away eventually, but any Saab garage should be able to > > reset it with a tec 2 > > > > > NO! The check engine light is never used as a "service soon" indicator. > > It is only used when the engine computer detects an emmission related > failure. The term "emmissions related" can be broadly applied to almost > any engine malfunction. > > To the OP> Have the codes read out to get an idea on what engine > malfunction was detected. It may be relatively minor, but be early > warning of something more serious. > Many apologies, I didn't intend to mislead, I had a similar snag on a 9-3 about 4 years ago which disappeared after some time. (I did say "I think" :-) )

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