Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 11:38:26 -0500
From: Fred W <>
Subject: Re: Check Engine Light

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. -- -Fred W

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