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Old 03-27-2007, 11:32 AM   #1
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Default 2003 Saturn Ion Service vehicle light

I just bought a 2003 Saturn ion 2 with 70,000 miles it seem to run well. The problem I have is the service vehicle light is illumated when the car is cold and you turn to the run position.The car doesn't have to be started for the light to come on.When I push the odometer button the light goes away.After I get rid of the light it never comes on when the vehicle is running.The car runs well and have had no problems besides the light.Once the car has been driven and is warm you can turn the car off and back on and the light doesn't return till after the car has been sitting for a while.Any Ideas ?thanks for everyones help.

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Old 03-29-2007, 02:19 PM   #2
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Good thread. My car will do this every once in a while and it is not consistent. I believe I was told that only Saturn can diagnose the problems where the service light comes on in the odometer queue. However, the engine light in the dash is OBDII and can be diagnosed by anyone. I haven't been concerned because I think most serious parameters are being monitored by the OBDII sensors and the check engine light will illuminate. We need a Saturn tech!!

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Old 12-19-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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I just bought a 2003 Saturn ion 2 with 70,000 miles it seem to run well. The problem I have is the service vehicle light is illumated when the car is cold and you turn to the run position.The car doesn't have to be started for the light to come on.When I push the odometer button the light goes away.After I get rid of the light it never comes on when the vehicle is running.The car runs well and have had no problems besides the light.Once the car has been driven and is warm you can turn the car off and back on and the light doesn't return till after the car has been sitting for a while.Any Ideas ?thanks for everyones help.
do not use your key fob for a day and always use your key to open and after 24 hrs you will not see a service vehicle light the bcm is active with security system mine does it and ihave tried it several times and it seems to be tied together

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Old 12-19-2010, 12:36 PM   #4
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I just bought a 2003 Saturn ion 2 with 70,000 miles it seem to run well. The problem I have is the service vehicle light is illumated when the car is cold and you turn to the run position.The car doesn't have to be started for the light to come on.When I push the odometer button the light goes away.After I get rid of the light it never comes on when the vehicle is running.The car runs well and have had no problems besides the light.Once the car has been driven and is warm you can turn the car off and back on and the light doesn't return till after the car has been sitting for a while.Any Ideas ?thanks for everyones help.
Look in the owners manual page 159, it tells you why the light is on, and it has nothing to do with the keyfob. If you don't have an owners manual it would be a good idea to go on e-bay and buy one. In short your car is telling you it needs the attention of a service technician. Ignore your car and you get what you get.

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Old 12-19-2010, 02:10 PM   #5
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Uhh, did you know that you responded to a 3-1/2 year old thread? It must be the holidays.....................

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Old 12-19-2010, 02:19 PM   #6
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Uhh, did you know that you responded to a 3-1/2 year old thread? It must be the holidays.....................

I responded to a thread that was up front and at the top of the page. I do not look at the dates thinking old threads become dead threads. It must be the site ............

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Old 12-19-2010, 02:34 PM   #7
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Its not the site. This thread never died and the OP never followed up. I think you responded to a newbies posting for the first time that also missed the date when this thread was first posted.........

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Old 11-27-2011, 11:26 AM   #8
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old posts and old answers still help those looking for answers to new problems. after all, the car IS a 2003 and we are now in 2011. case point, I just found my answer by reading this exact thread! thanks!

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Bahahahahahahaahhaha, this made me laugh.....(sorry, it's the labor day celebrations...)

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8+ years.... and I was drawn to this thread. Was hoping there was a "reasonable" off the shelf scanner or upgrade for my ELM5 Compact... just so I'm prepared for the time and money I may need for the "second opinion" and repair.

Going to test the OPs observation that after a warm up the Service Vehicle warning goes away.

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8+ years.... and I was drawn to this thread. Was hoping there was a "reasonable" off the shelf scanner or upgrade for my ELM5 Compact... just so I'm prepared for the time and money I may need for the "second opinion" and repair.

Going to test the OPs observation that after a warm up the Service Vehicle warning goes away.
After all the issues I have been having, I decided to buy a OBDII connector. For 10 bucks I have saved myself a ton of money. Every problem that I have had I was able to relatively cheaply fix. At least 5 issues that came up, I have fixed. From faulty ignition coil wiring and coils to faulty thermostat.

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