Just how to Reset the Oil Change Light in a Car

Just how to Reset the Oil Change Light in a Car

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Has the "Maintenance" or "Oil Change" indicator light appeared on your vehicle? Learn what it means and getting it to turn off.

Modern vehicles are designed with several indicator lights to owners when something needs attention, and the oil change light (also called the maintenance light) is one of them. This light is designed to let you know when the engine oil needs changing, on the basis of the car's odometer reading. The oil change light won't switch off by itself, even when the old oil has been drained and fresh oil added. That's where resetting the oil change light comes in.

Not totally all vehicles have an oil change light, but if yours does, resetting it is worth doing, and not merely because of the annoyance of seeing the light on constantly. Unless the light is reset, your vehicle could have no means of telling you next time an oil change is needed.

Here I'll be demonstrating the reset on a 2003 Toyota 4Runner, and although the actual steps vary from make to produce, the basic procedure is similar. Some makes and models have different procedures, like late-model Dodges, which require three quick presses of the gas pedal to reset. In the event that you try the process shown here and your light doesn't reset, look at your owner's manual, or check online for help relating to your particular vehicle.

Discover the Reset Button and Turn On Vehicle System

Search your vehicle's gauge and dashboard area for a key, switch or stick the says "Reset."
Turn the ignition to the ON position which means that your gauges and electronics light up, but don't start the engine.

Set Odometer to Display Mileage

Cycle through the different odometer modes until it shows total mileage driven.
Turn the ignition OFF.
Support the Reset Button and Turn the Key

Press and support the reset button.
Turn the ignition back once again to the ON position while holding the reset button.
Watch the oil change or maintenance light carefully. It will begin to blink.
Permit the light to blink ON and OFF for some seconds, then release the reset button and turn the ignition OFF.

Start the Vehicle

Start the engine and make the sure the oil change or maintenance light is currently OFF.
If it's still ON, repeat the reset procedure.
If the dashboard light remains ON after two tries, reference your owner's manual or the vehicle manufacturer's site to learn more about the procedure for your vehicle.

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