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I am about to celebrate 1 year of trouble free service when all of a sudden the SERVICE ENGINE warning illuminates. The engine had been on for about 15 minutes....I was doing a steady state 45MPH....nothing seemed out of the ordinary....it has been a while since I last got gas (cap is tight)....and DING the light is now on. I have cycled the engine a couple times as part of my normal errands today....still on.

I stopped at Autozone for an OBDII read and it detected no code. Is that possible?

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Might not be showing an OBDII code.

Might be showing an Alfa/FCA code which the scanner didn't have the correct software to read. Could also be a software error in the reader.

I'de try a different Auto parts store...or just get it read at the dealer. (Won't be free)

Gas cap is tight..how is the seal? The rubber seal could be damaged.
 

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Is it the Check Engine symbol or just says SERVICE ENGINE? Can't find the latter in my owners manual but thinking Lost1750GTV nailed it. My Lexus's do this every 5k miles.
 

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There was a chime and I looked down and the display said SERVICE ENGINE. The check engine symbol was also illuminated. After about 5-10 seconds the SERVICE ENGINE goes away but the check engine symbol remains on. Will recheck gas cap seal and will try a different reader.
 

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You might check the car/maintenance display on the dash screen and see what it is showing for miles to next service.
 

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Dash computer says I am not due for service for 6,000 miles or 140 days.

I drove a couple of times over the weekend; each start-up greeted me with a chime and the momentary SERVICE ENGINE verbiage in place of the digital speedo readout. The amber check engine lamp remains solidly illuminated. I am not able to detect any obvious engine misbehavior.

I did not spend any more time chasing free diagnostics at local auto parts stores; I will just go see the Alfa doctor and report back.

BTW, can anybody recommend a reasonably priced Alfa code reader that I can buy?
 
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