Troubleshooting Infiniti Check Engine Light

Infiniti, being a Nissan’s luxury brand, builds high-quality and generally very reliable cars that can easily go over 200,000 miles. Still, this does not mean that they are 100% immune to various engine related troubles. When an engine or emission problem occurs, Infiniti check engine or check engine soon light will illuminate on your dashboard.

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Infiniti check engine light may also be referred to as CEL or MIL.  All 1996 and newer Infiniti vehicles have either a Check engine light or Service Engine Soon light that includes models such as QX80, QX60, QX30, G37, G35, FX35, Q50 JX35. Infiniti service engine soon light is something you should not ignore.


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 at all, the problem most likely is related to the emissions system. Still, you shouldn't ignore this warning light. Have your Infiniti diagnosed soon. 

Infiniti Check Engine Light Meaning

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

Infiniti Check Engine Light Flashing


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 be an indication of 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 flashing check engine light, would quickly damage a catalytic converter and can cause the engine to overheat.

What to do when Infiniti CEL 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 very small 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 engine temperature gauge and make sure the engine is not 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. Diagnose Infiniti check engine light by reading fault codes from the Engine Control Unit (ECU). See instructions on the next section. read diagnose reset infinti service engine soon light


Diagnosing Infiniti Check Engine Soon Light

Infiniti check engine soon light can be triggered by hundreds of fault codes. You, your mechanic or Infiniti dealer will need to read the codes from the Engine Control Unit (ECU). In this section, you will learn how to read Infiniti fault codes yourself using an OBD2 scanner

  1. Locate the diagnostic port under the dashboard. infiniti diagnostic port location


  2. Connect your OBD2 scanner into 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. 
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  5. Write down the code(s) and do further research to understand what each code means.

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

Common Infiniti Check Engine Problems 

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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 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, which is 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 is running roughly, stalls, does not want to idle and you notice a black exhaust smoke. This can be caused by a dirty MAF sensor. 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 a 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


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. Code: P0300


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, it is very possible that you have a leaking Evap Canister vent valve. Code: P0455

Throttle Body

If your engine idles roughly, it is possible that the throttle body is 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 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.

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

How to perform the throttle body relearning procedure?

Accelerator Pedal Release Position Learning

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

Throttle Valve Closed Position Learning

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