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Old 12-06-2006, 09:54 AM   #1
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So what are the typical reasons for the Park Avenue to throw a Service Vehicle Soon light as opposed to the service engine soon light? Will the typical scanner (like the service AutoZone offers) give information on this? I'm just not sure where to start trying to diagonse this.
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Check all your outside lights and signals. Betcha ones out!
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PA'* also have the Oil Life Indicator. Did you reset it at the last oil change?
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I don't seem to have any problem with Daytime Running Lights or any other lighting problems, oil life index says its normal, tire pressure says its normal, traction control doesn't present any indication of problems, nor are there any other warnings about specific conditions such as low washer fluid etc, so I'm still stumped about what is triggering the SVS light.

I have only had the car less than a month so I'm still learing a lot about it. I am waiting anxiously on the mail to deliver the FSM I ordered from Helm hoping that I can learn a lot more.

Keep those ideas coming, but it looks like I'll have to get a dealer to run codes for this one.
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How about the owner'* manual?

It should clearly state what conditions will trigger each light.
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The owners manual is not very helpful. Here is all it says: This light will come on if you have certain non-emission related vehicle problems. These problems may not be obvious and may affect vehicle performance or durability. Consult a qalified Buick dealership for necessary repairs to maintain top vehicle performance. The light will come on briefly when your ignition is turned on to show it is working properly.

I'm hoping the FSM will be a bit more helpful.
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I went by a dealership during my lunch hour. I was picking up some */C oil and red gasket maker to replace my coupler soon so I pulled into the service lane to see what information I could get for free. The first thing the guy told me was that I must have a light out, just like Pearl_Jam. However, they were all working. So he goes ahead and puts his scanner on it and there were no codes. He didn't know why my SVS light was on but said the usual cause was lighting. Glad I didn't have to pay the $85 for that! So now I have a SVS light on, don't know why and can't get it to turn off.
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Maybe there is a bulb that is loose in its socket, and although it is lighting up, a poor contection is causing the SVS light to illuminate. On the bonnevilles, I believe a license plate bulb that is poorly connected it its socket can still work and cause the DIC to illuminate.
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When I get a chance this weekend, I'll probably go through and pull and reset all of the bulbs on the exterior. I probably should consider picking up some bulb grease and use that while I'm at it.
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Don't forget the license plate bulb, that one drove me nuts trying to find it on my wifes car.
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