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Old 07-14-2010, 12:00 PM   #1
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Change Oil Light

So I got my oil changed about a thousand miles ago, and less than 500 miles later it started telling me to change my oil when I start up.

Is this just because the people who changed it didn't reset the thing or what? Thank you everyone.

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you're correct. the computer goes off a preset mileage, not oil being low or anything like that. you can reset it by doing this…

turn the key in the on position and push the accelerator 3 times in 10 seconds, turn the key to off and restart the engine.

the light and/or odometer scroll will clear and be set to go off again in 2500 miles or whatever it's programmed for.

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awesome. thanks a ton
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you're welcome. any other questions or problems just ask
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Oil change light

I would add some clarification to the answer that has been given regarding the oil change light. On my 2010 Jeep Wrangler it comes on every 2500 miles, something it is calibrated to do, and but it has nothing to do with the actual need for an oil change. To get the oil change light to go off, do the following: 1) turn your key to the "on" position and wait for the chimes to stop ringing; 2) next, pump the accelerator all the way down three times, within 10 secs; 3) turn key to off; 4) restart engine -- the oil change light should now be off. (I was informed by a Jeep mechanic that one may need to go through this procedure more than once; however, it worked after one try for me)
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you're correct. the computer goes off a preset mileage, not oil being low or anything like that. you can reset it by doing this…

turn the key in the on position and push the accelerator 3 times in 10 seconds, turn the key to off and restart the engine.

the light and/or odometer scroll will clear and be set to go off again in 2500 miles or whatever it's programmed for.
That's not entirely accurate.

Change Oil Message
Your vehicle is equipped with an engine oil change
indicator system. The “CHANgE OIL” message will flash
in the instrument cluster odometer for approximately
12 seconds after a single chime has sounded to indicate
the next scheduled oil change interval. The engine oil
change indicator system is duty-cycle based, which
means the engine oil change interval may fluctuate
dependent upon your personal driving style.
Unless reset, this message will continue to display each
time you turn the ignition switch to the ON/RUN
position. To turn off the message temporarily, press and
release the Trip Odometer button on the instrument
cluster. To reset the oil change indicator system (after
performing the scheduled maintenance), refer to the
following procedure:
1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON position (Do not
start the engine).
2. Fully depress the accelerator pedal slowly three
times within 10 seconds.
3. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF/LOCK position.
NOTE:
If the indicator message illuminates when you
start the vehicle, the oil change indicator system did not

reset. If necessary repeat this procedure.
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Old 02-03-2011, 08:23 PM   #7
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If you get an oil change prior to the light illuminating can you just do the procedure to turn the light off to prevent it from coming on??
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Old thread but still a valid topic

From what I summarize, the oil change light is NOT connected to some type of sensor that actually checks oil condition.

Therefore, the oil change light isn't any better than a guess and more like flipping a coin or looking at the old magic 8 ball.

If that light is worth anything, it would work as follows: light comes on due to dirty oil, owner changes oil, subsequently oil sensor detects new oil and automatically turns light off.

Another thing, that oil light doesn't come on when you are 2 quarts low does it? Yea, it's that accurate.
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If you get an oil change prior to the light illuminating can you just do the procedure to turn the light off to prevent it from coming on??
Yes.
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From what I summarize, the oil change light is NOT connected to some type of sensor that actually checks oil condition.

Therefore, the oil change light isn't any better than a guess and more like flipping a coin or looking at the old magic 8 ball.

If that light is worth anything, it would work as follows: light comes on due to dirty oil, owner changes oil, subsequently oil sensor detects new oil and automatically turns light off.

Another thing, that oil light doesn't come on when you are 2 quarts low does it? Yea, it's that accurate.
Correct. It's based off an algorithm.
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Speaking of oil. Why havn't someone come up with a gauge to measure the level of the oil and display it, so we don't have to check it with the dip stick.
Just a thought.
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We had another thread about this just recently but will repeat it here. The dealer can set the max oil change interval to 3000 or 6000 (not sure about intervals in between). The change oil light will illuminate 500 miles before you need to act on it. The interval that you will actually get depends on how you drive according to an algorithm set up in the computer. So far, in 42,000 miles of driving mine has triggered every 5500 miles and has had the oil changed at every 6000 miles as dictated by Chrysler to maintain the warranty. For me, it's like clockwork. The only exception was when I was on vacation in Florida and the nitwit at the dealer set the doggon thing to 3000. Then I just used the reset feature and did it at 6000. The dealer up here is trigger happy too and unless I insisted, he would have set it to 3000 as well. I had to be very direct with them and threaten to call Chrysler if they didn't follow my instructions. Most dealers I've been to seem to want to over service in this way with very little exception...they will be more than happy to help you to overspend your hard earned cash...just check into differential and TC oil changes and you'll know what I mean. They'll want to service those early too and even suggest changing it at the next PM if you take to a different dealer because the oil "looks bad". Know what you want and be willing to tell them enough noise, just do the service.
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The interval that you will actually get depends on how you drive according to an algorithm set up in the computer.
Yep, and don't forget it assumes you have standard oil, not synthetic. My approach thus far has been to let the algorithm tell me when to do the change, but do it with synthetic. That means I'm being better to my engine than it's asking me to be, but not ridiculously so. Seems like a good balance. Just my two cents.
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Yep, and don't forget it assumes you have standard oil, not synthetic. My approach thus far has been to let the algorithm tell me when to do the change, but do it with synthetic. That means I'm being better to my engine than it's asking me to be, but not ridiculously so. Seems like a good balance. Just my two cents.
I would agree with this approach if I were to use synthetic. So far with dino oil, I've had excellent results with several vehicles, most of which see about 150,000 miles before trade...no oil consumption problems.
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Old 02-04-2011, 07:26 PM   #15
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Okay, since the oil light is worthless, is there a way to disable this useless feature or turn it off?

(I'm going to change the oil every 3,000 miles; I drained the factory oil at 733 miles and filled with full synthetic)
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I would add some clarification to the answer that has been given regarding the oil change light. On my 2010 Jeep Wrangler it comes on every 2500 miles, something it is calibrated to do, and but it has nothing to do with the actual need for an oil change. To get the oil change light to go off, do the following: 1) turn your key to the "on" position and wait for the chimes to stop ringing; 2) next, pump the accelerator all the way down three times, within 10 secs; 3) turn key to off; 4) restart engine -- the oil change light should now be off. (I was informed by a Jeep mechanic that one may need to go through this procedure more than once; however, it worked after one try for me)
thanks for the advice, waiting for the chimes to stop was the key
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I will be testing for this solution today, on my 2011 Rubicon. One note to echo, the mileage can be set. Yes the dealers are added about it too, I am tempted on report in the one went to for the scam they tried to pull. Recommendation read the maintenance section of the owners manual. As for engine oil, rule of thumb, conventional oil every 3k, synthetic blend 5k, full synthetic 10k.I am running full syn and I follow the maintenance schedule and change every 8k. Had a lube shop set the alert for 8k too. This will be my first attempt to reset the alert.
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I changed my oil maybe 500 miles ago I reset the oil change due alert. Now it's back on. Any ideas
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Speaking of oil. Why havn't someone come up with a gauge to measure the level of the oil and display it, so we don't have to check it with the dip stick.
Just a thought.
Because the dipstick is cheap and easy, while a sensor is just another expensive electrical component that you have to replace when it breaks. No thank you.

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I changed my oil maybe 500 miles ago I reset the oil change due alert. Now it's back on. Any ideas
I don't see how that's possible other than ECU malfunction or you didn't actually reset the maintenance reminder.
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I changed my oil maybe 500 miles ago I reset the oil change due alert. Now it's back on. Any ideas
Did you reset it when the alert was actually on? I know people that change the oil then go through the reset procedure but the indicator isn't actually on, so it does nothing.
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I know people that change the oil then go through the reset procedure but the indicator isn't actually on, so it does nothing.
Not so. As Daggo66 indicated above, the reset works no matter if the indicator light is on or not. Any time the reset procedure is used, the change interval starts over.
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Not so. As Daggo66 indicated above, the reset works no matter if the indicator light is on or not. Any time the reset procedure is used, the change interval starts over.
Where specifically does he say that, and where in the reset procedure does it say that?
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Where specifically does he say that, and where in the reset procedure does it say that?

It doesn't have to say that happens anywhere, but it does. If you have the EVIC then you can verify that the oil life goes back to 100% even if the reminder hasn't come on yet.

If you don't have the EVIC then you can do the reset procedure twice for good measure.
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Where specifically does he say that, and where in the reset procedure does it say that?

Whether it says that or not, it works. I reset mine prior to the warning because I change my oil between 5 and 6k miles. I only see the warning when I forget about it.
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Where specifically does he say that, and where in the reset procedure does it say that?
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Why would you think this would be mentioned in the reset procedure? There are more things not mentioned in the vehicles literature than actually are mentioned. Then again, some of us tend to learn on our own without being taught.
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I've actually never seen my change oil light. I just keep track and don't need a light to tell me when I gotta change my oil. So I change my oil at 5000 then reset the counter with the pedal deal. Haven't had a light yet and I'm at 30000 now. So the reset works with the light off as well.
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Why would you think this would be mentioned in the reset procedure? There are more things not mentioned in the vehicles literature than actually are mentioned. Then again, some of us tend to learn on our own without being taught.
Maybe because one might think something like this is important to know.
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Yep, and don't forget it assumes you have standard oil, not synthetic. My approach thus far has been to let the algorithm tell me when to do the change, but do it with synthetic. That means I'm being better to my engine than it's asking me to be, but not ridiculously so. Seems like a good balance. Just my two cents.
Exactly.

I'm on my 3rd GM pickup since 2000 (all w/ the OLS) & no mention in their owners manuals about using conventional or synthetic oil. I go by the OLS & use synthetic.

The last truck I had w/o it I sold w/ 149K on it in 6 years. I changed the oil every 3 K, resulting in 49 oil changes (roughly an oil change every month & a half).
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Maybe because one might think something like this is important to know.
It is important but it hasn't been mentioned in the owners' manuals from 2007 until the present. I guess Chrysler assumes that everyone will go to the dealer and get an oil change when the oil change indicator goes off and then the dealer will re-set it. The algorithm starts from the beginning every time a re-set is done whether the indicator has been activated or not.

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