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My change oil light never goes off even though I had it changed and now my service vehicle soon light is on even though its been running fine

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The change oil light needs to be reset after each oil change...some shops are not knowledgeable on how to do this...Your owners manual will instruct you how to reset the oil change light...The service engine soon is a catch all for low fluids and other needs...Be sure to check your oil level again...to clear the service engine soon light, you can disconnect either battery cable for 15 minutes then reconnect...if the service engine stays on...then you need to have your Grand Am checked...Auto Zone does a free diagnostic of check engine light codes...:)

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Most likely unrelated. look in your owners manual for the way to reset the oil change light. saturn had a button inside underhood fuse panel which you held down while ignition ON but not running so yours similar process. you have to put an analyzer on to see why your SES light on.

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