I own a 2005 Chevy Equinox with approx. 25000 mi.
For the past 3-4 months, my 'service soon' indicator light appears on the dash from time to time (car
with a wrench in middle). It goes off when I cut the car off, and may or may not come on again for
several weeks. I took it to my local Chevy dealer and was told that maybe the oil life was not reset
after my last oil change. Well it still comes on even after the oil life reset. I was then told that my
gas cap was too loose. It was replaced and the light still comes on. Do you have any thoughts on
what could possibly be causing this light to come on? I know it could be a thousand reasons why
this light is coming on, but I was just wondering if this is something you've run across or known to
happen. Any thoughts you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks a bunch!
Answer: Thanks for your question. The light you have on is the 'Service vehicle' light. And yes,
there are hundreds of things that can cause that. But, what you are describing sounds like a
dealer information bulletin that describes this condition. You may have a problem with the
instrument cluster (gauges, speedometer cluster), or a code may be stored in the Power Steering
Control Module. Either way, it will need to go back to the dealer. Should be under Warranty. Make
sure the dealer knows you are talking about the 'Service Vehicle' light, not the check engine light.
2006 Chevy Equinox
Warning lights: car and wrench.
Question = How do I disable the day running lights? The owners' manual says that you can't. I can
get them to go off when in park, but they turn back on when I shift into gear. I want to go through
the drive-through Christmas lights with my kids, but they say the headlights have to be off. Help!
I think you might be talking about two different things. The daytime running lamps are able to be
turned off, but not by any switch. If you are going to see Christmas lights, I'm assuming that would be
at night so your automatic headlights would be on and NOT the daytime running lamps. You can turn
off your headlamps at anytime by turning the headlamp switch back towards you to disable the
As for the daytime running lamps, if you want them disabled, you would have to remove the DRL relay
in the underhood fuse box. It is located in the left hand side of the engine compartment near the
coolant reservoir, and the relay will be labeled on the sticker under the cover.
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