There are two lights that may illuminate on your dash (depending on your make and model) and it is good to know the difference between them as well as what they mean.
The “Check Engine” light is a notification that something is wrong, the range can be anything from a loose gas cap to a faulty ignition coil. It is important to bring your vehicle in to be checked as soon as possible when this light is illuminated.
The “Service Engine Soon” light indicates that your vehicle is due for its next service maintenance. The light comes on depending on your vehicles service interval. For Volvos it is usually every 5,000 (older models) or 7,500 miles (newer models). For BMWs it is generally every 5,000 or 10,000 miles, depending on your model. After the maintenance is performed the service light is reset. If your repair shop forgets to reset the light then it will stay on – or if it had not illuminated yet – then it would come on too soon.
In summary if the light says, “Check Engine” then you should have your vehicle checked right away. If the light states, “Service Engine Soon” then call us to set an appointment at your convenience.