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How to Reset the Oil Change Light on Pontiac Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Well-equipped Pontiac car models are equipped with a slightly different system than base models. This system is called a Trip Information Center. You can determine if your Pontiac car has this system by looking at the dashboard; if you see three buttons (Eng/Met, Mode and Reset), then your Pontiac car has the Trip Information Center. If it doesn't, use the standard method to reset your oil light.

Under The Hood:

 How to Reset the Oil Change Light on a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix

Turn the ignition key to run. Ensure that the engine remains off.

Push and release the gas pedal three times within five seconds. The "Change oil soon" light will flash, indicating that the system is resetting itself.

Turn the ignition key off.

Start your Pontiac Grand Prix. The light should go off at this time.

 How to Reset the Oil Change Light on a Grand Am

1999 to 2003 Models

Locate and remove the fuse panel cover. It is on the driver's side underneath the steering column.

Turn the ignition to the "On" position, but do no start the engine.

Press and release the "Reset" button in the fuse block. Wait for the "Change Oil" light to blink. Once it does, press the "Reset" button again to complete the process.

2004 to 2005 Models

Turn the ignition to the "On" position, but do no start the engine.

Press and release the accelerator/gas pedal three times, making sure to do it within five seconds.

Listen for a chime and confirm that the "Change Oil" light turned off. If it does not turn off or still remains, repeat the procedure, making sure to press and release the gas pedal three times within five seconds.

 How to Reset the Change Oil Light on My 2005 Pontiac Grand Am

Sit in the driver's seat and insert the ignition key into the Grand Am's ignition.

Turn the ignition key to the "On" position, but leave the engine off.

Push and release the pedal three times within five seconds of turning the key to the "On" position.

Listen for the chime indicating the resetting of the oil life system.

Turn the ignition to the "Off" position.

Start the Grand Am's engine and check that the "Oil Change" light remains off. Turn the engine off and repeat Steps 2 through 5 if the light remains on.

 How to Reset the Oil Light in a 2006 Pontiac

2006 Pontiac G6

Crank your G6's engine. Press the "i" button on the dash-control panel. The small window in the speedometer case will change from "Change Oil Soon" to "Reset Oil Life."

Press and hold the backward-facing arrow button on the dash control panel.

Wait five seconds then release the arrow button when the display shows "Acknowledged." This tells you the light is reset.

2006 Pontiac GTO

Turn the ignition to "On." Don't start the GTO's engine.

Pump the gas pedal twice within five seconds, allowing the pedal to retract each time. Be sure to push the pedal all the way to the floor.

Turn the ignition to "Lock," then turn it back to "On" or crank the GTO's engine. The light is now reset.

2006 Pontiac Torrent

Turn the ignition to "Run." Don't start the Torrent's engine.

Pump the gas pedal three times within five seconds, letting the pedal retract fully each time. Be sure to push the pedal all the way to the floor. The "Change Oil" light will start to flash.

Turn the ignition to "Lock" after the light stops flashing. This takes about five seconds. Turn the ignition back on. The light is now reset.

 How to Reset an Oil Light on a 2002 Grand Prix

Standard Method

Insert your key into the ignition and turn it to "Run." This ignition position is as far as the key will go without cranking the engine (don't crank it).

Push and release the gas pedal with your foot three times. Examine the odometer; if the "Change Oil Soon" light is flashing, the system is resetting. If it's not, turn the key off and repeat the procedure.

Turn the key off when the light stops flashing and then quickly crank it. Then, turn it off again.

Using the Trip Information Controls

Insert your key into the ignition and start the engine (leave your Grand Prix in "Park").

Press the "Mode" button until the light above "Oil Life" is illuminated.

Press and hold "Reset" for three seconds. The system will reset to 100 percent and the "Oil Life" light will turn off.

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