Infiniti Check Engine Light | Service Engine Soon Problem

Infiniti check engine light will come on and remain on when the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) system detects a problem related to the engine or emission system.

In this guide, you will learn about common problems that trigger Infiniti to come on and how to read the fault codes yourself with an OBD-II scanner

What does Check Engine Light or Service Engine Soon mean on an Infiniti? 

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If the check engine light comes on in your Infiniti, it means the onboard diagnostics system (or OBD II) has detected a malfunction in the vehicle's emissions, ignition, fuel, or exhaust systems. In some cases, the Infiniti check engine light may be triggered by transmission issues as well. 

All 1996 and newer Infiniti vehicles have either a Check engine light or Service Engine Soon light. Including models such as QX80, QX60, QX30, G37, G35, FX35, Q50 JX35. Infiniti check engine light may also be referred to as CEL or MIL.

While your Infiniti check engine light stays on, the vehicle may have increased emissions, a decrease in fuel economy, and performance issues.

Depending on the problem, your Infiniti may also enter "Home Limp Mode." In this mode, your vehicle speed will be limited to 40 MPH. Engine RPM and power will be limited as well.

Symptoms

Infinti engine shaking service engine light soon on

What you may notice when Infiniti service engine soon light comes on is that the engine shakes, but other symptoms include:

  • Rough running
  • Engine Misfire or juddering
  • Lack of power
  • Poor throttle response
  • Unusual sounds
  • Smoke from the exhaust

Any of these symptoms indicate that your engine is not running as it should.

If you don't notice any symptoms, the problem most likely is related to the emissions system. Still, you shouldn't ignore this warning lightly. Have your Infiniti diagnosed soon.

How to Reset Infiniti Check Engine Soon Light

Hundreds of fault codes can trigger Infiniti check engine soon light. You, your mechanic, or Infiniti dealer will need to read the Engine Control Unit (ECU).

In this section, you will learn how to read Infiniti fault codes yourself using an OBD2 scanner. Codes should only be reset after the problem(s) have been fixed. 

  1. Locate the diagnostic port under the dashboard.infiniti diagnostic port location
  2. Connect your OBD2 scanner to the diagnostic port.diagnose infiniti check engine light
  3. Turn on the ignition and turn on your scanner. Most OBD2 scanners will power on as soon as you turn on the ignition.turn on infinti check engine light diagnose service engine soon light
  4. Select Read Codes from the main menu. Check all Pending, Current, and Permanent codes. 
  5. Write down the code(s) and do further research to understand what each code means.
  6. Fix the problems you discover, then come back to the main menu, select Clear Fault Codes, and then press OK. This will reset your Infiniti check engine codes. 

If a loose gas cap triggered your Infiniti check engine light, you could go to Clear Codes, which will erase the check engine light. Otherwise, do not clear the codes without fixing the underlying problem.

What Causes Check Engine Light on an Infiniti?

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The most common problems that cause the check engine light on an Infiniti vehicle are worn spark plugs, bad oxygen sensor, or loose gas cap. 

Here are Infiniti check engine soon related problems that happen 'more-than-usual':

Variable Valve Timing

Almost all Infiniti engines are equipped with a Variable Valve Timing. This electro-hydraulic system is operated by the engine oil, meaning that poor oil quality or low oil level can cause the engine to run incorrectly.

This will affect the Intake valve timing control. You may experience hard starting, poor idle and/or stalling, loss of power, and hesitation on accelerations.

Another possible cause is a leaking galley gasket, located within the engine, behind the timing chain.

Codes: P0021 or P0011.

Timing control issue

Another possible timing control issue is exhaust side related. Control is done by an electromagnetic solenoid that can fail with time.

Although this can cause driveability issues such as rough running, in most cases, the only symptom you will see is a check engine light.

Codes: P0014 or P0024.

Mass Air Flow Sensor

You may have a situation when your engine runs roughly, stalls, does not want to idle, and notices a black exhaust smoke.

A dirty MAF sensor can cause this. Only use MAF cleaner fluid for cleaning the sensor.

Code P0101

Oxygen Sensor

Downstream o2 sensors can fail, giving false catalytic converter efficiency readings.

This can be caused by a bad sensor or heat-damaged wiring, as it goes near the exhaust pipes.

Codes: P0138 and P0158

Vacuum Leak

Infinitis are powered with V6 or V8 engines. This means that the intake manifolds are quite complex, with various possible intake vacuum leak points.

As that will cause lean running conditions, you might experience rough idle, lack of power, or hesitation on accelerations.

Codes: P0171 or P0174

Misfire

A random cylinder misfire is something you might experience in your Infiniti.

As this usually happens sporadically, tracing down the cause can be tricky. Besides the obvious bad spark plugs or ignition coil, it can also be caused by dirty fuel injectors or intake air leaks.

Codes: P0300 P0301 P0302 P0303 P0304

EVAP Leak

As with most other cars, Infiniti too can suffer from various EVAP related problems. Usually, you will have a large EVAP leak.

Although this can be caused by a gas cap that doesn't seal, you may have a leaking Evap Canister vent valve.

Code: P0455

Throttle Body

If your engine idles roughly, the throttle body may be clogged with carbon build-up.

You will need to clean it with a carb cleaner. However, in most cases, this will cause a high idle speed and a check engine light. To remedy this, try the throttle body relearning procedure.

Codes: P0507

Automatic Transmission

Automatic transmission gearboxes have a well-known weak point. A transmission valve body can have an electrical fault, which sends the gearbox into a limp mode and triggers a ˜check engine light.

The root of the problem is usually a broken solenoid electrical connector, and it can be soldered instead of replacing the valve body unit.

Code: P1757 - Front Brake Solenoid Circuit or P0720.

Why is my Infiniti Check Engine Light Flashing On and Off? 

When your Infiniti check engine light flashes or blinks constantly it indicates a misfire on one or more cylinders. The problem could be something as simple as a bad spark plug or ignition coil.

It could also indicate a more serious problem such as a bad head gasket or catalytic converter.

There is no need to panic if your Infiniti check engine light is flashing. You should avoid driving your Infiniti if the check engine light is flashing.

Driving an Infinity with a flashing check engine light would quickly damage a catalytic converter and cause the engine to overheat.

What to do when the Infiniti check engine light comes on?

  1. Check the gas cap. Remove it. Inspect it for damage. Reinsert the gas cap and tighten it properly. If you are getting a fault code for a minimal EVAP leak, you may have to replace the fuel cap.infinti check engine soon light on due to loose gas cap
  2. Allow the engine to cool down. Once the engine is cool, check engine coolant and oil level.infinti check engien coolant and oil levelIf you decide to drive, monitor the engine temperature gauge, and make sure the engine is not overheating.infiniti engien temperatureAlso, if the engine is shaking or your Infiniti check engine light flashes, do not continue driving as this can cause severe damage to the engine and catalytic converter. You may continue driving if there are no performance issues, the engine is NOT overheating, and the oil light is NOT on.
  3. Read fault codes from the Engine Control Unit (ECU). read diagnose reset infinti service engine soon light

 

Reset Engine Control Unit (ECU)

Accelerator Pedal Release Position Learning

  1. Make sure that the accelerator pedal is fully released.
  2. Turn the ignition switch ON and wait at least 2 seconds.
  3. Turn the ignition switch OFF wait at least 10 seconds.
  4. Turn the ignition switch ON and wait at least 2 seconds.
  5. Turn the ignition switch OFF wait at least 10 seconds.

Throttle Valve Closed Position Learning

  1. Make sure that the accelerator pedal is fully released.
  2. Turn ignition switch to ON.
  3. Turn the ignition switch to OFF wait at least 10 seconds.
  4. Make sure that the throttle valve moves during the above 10 seconds by confirming the operating sound.

Common Infiniti Check Engine Light Codes

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P0100 MAF Sensor P0105 Absolute Pressure Sensor P0110 IAT Sensor P0115 ECT Sensor P0120 TP Sensor P0125 ECT Sensor P0130 Closed Loop, Bank 1 Or Front O2S, Bank 1 P0131 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 1 Lean Shift Monitoring P0132 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 1 Rich Shift Monitoring P0133 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 1 Response Monitoring P0134 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 1 High Voltage P0135 Front HO2S Heater, Bank 1 P0136 Rear O2S, Bank 1 P0137 Rear O2S, Bank 1 Minimum Voltage Monitoring P0138 Rear O2S, Bank 1 Maximum Voltage Monitoring P0139 Rear O2S, Bank 1 Response Monitoring P0140 Rear O2S, Bank 1 High Voltage P0141 Rear H02S Heater, Bank 1 P0150 Closed Loop, Bank 2 Or Front O2S, Bank 2 P0151 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 2 Lean Shift Monitoring P0152 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 2 Rich Shift Monitoring P0153 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 2 Response Monitoring P0154 Front O2 Sensor, Bank 2 High Voltage P0155 Front HO2S Heater, Bank 2 P0156 Rear H02S Sensor, LH Bank P0157 P0158 P0159 P0160 Oxygen Sensor P0161 Rear H02S Heater, LH Bank Or Bank 2 P0171 Fuel System Lean, Bank 1 P0172 Fuel System Rich, Bank 1 P0174 Fuel System Lean, Bank 2 P0175 Fuel System Rich, Bank 2 P0180 Tank Fuel Temp Sensor P0300 Random Misfire P0301 through P0308 Misfire, Cylinder No. 1 through 8 P0325 Knock Sensor, Bank 1 P0330 Knock Sensor, Bank 2 P0335 CKP Sensor (Pos) P0340 CMP P0400 EGR System P0402 EGRC/BPT Valve P0403 EGR Volume Control Valve Circuit P0420 TW Catalyst System, Bank 1 P0430 TW Catalyst System, Bank 2 P0440 EVAP Small Leak P0443 Purge Control/V & S/V P0446 Vent Control Valve P0450 EVAP Pressure Sensor P0500 Vehicle Speed Sensor P0505 IACV/AAC Valve P0510 Closed TP Sensor P0600 A/T Comm Line P0605 ECM/ECU P0705 PNP Or Inhibitor Switch P0710 ATF Temp Sensor P0720 VSS A/T P0725 Engine Speed Signal P0731 A/T 1ST Signal P0732 A/T 2ND Signal P0733 A/T 3RD Signal P0734 A/T 4TH Signal Or TCC P0740 TCC SV Solenoid P0744 A/T TCC Signal P0745 Line Pressure S/V P0750 Shift Solenoid/V A P0755 Shift Solenoid/V B P1105 MAP/BARO Switch SOL/V P1110 Intake Valve Timing Control, LH Bank P1120 TP Sensor 2 P1125 Tandem TP Sensor P1130 Swirl Control Valve Control Solenoid Valve P1135 Intake Valve Timing Control, RH Bank 2 P1140 Intake Valve Timing Control Position Sensor, LH Bank 1 P1145 Intake Valve Timing Control Position Sensor, RH Bank 2 P1148 Closed Loop, Bank 1 P1165 Swirl Control Valve Control Vacuum Check Switch P1168 Closed Loop, Bank 2 P1210 Traction Control Signal Circuit P1220 FPCM P1320 Ignition Signal, Primary P1335 CKP Sensor (Ref) P1336 CKP Sensor (POS) Cog P1400 EGRC Solenoid/V P1401 EGR Temp Sensor P1402 EGR System P1440 EVAP Small Leak P1441 VC/V Bypass/V P1443 Canister Control Vacuum Check Switch P1444 Purge Volume Control/V P1445 Purge Volume Control/V P1446 Vent Control Valve P1447 EVAP Purge Flow P1448 Vent Control Valve P1490 VC/V Bypass/V P1491 VC Cut/V Bypass/V P1492 Purge Control/V S/V P1493 Purge Control/V & S/V P1605 A/T Diag Comm Line P1705 TP Sensor A/T P1706 PNP Switch P1760 Overrun Clutch S/V P1900 Cooling Fan

 

By  YOUCANIC Automotive Experts

Published on: Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Updated on: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

Vehicle:   Infiniti
Difficulty: ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
DIY Cost: $20-$195
Est. Time: 30 min - 2 hr

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