How to Reset the Oil Light on Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Oldsmobile car gave Oldsmobile car a new presence in the sporty, family car market, which it lacked at the time. The Oldsmobile car only lasted six model years, as General Motors cut the entire Oldsmobile car lineup in Oldsmobile car. the Oldsmobile car came standard with a Oldsmobile car. The Oldsmobile car was fitted with GM's "Oil Life System," which illuminated a "Change Oil" light at precise oil change intervals. Resetting this "Change Oil" light is a simple process that only takes a few minutes.

Under The Hood:

 How to Reset the Oil Light on a Ford Escape

Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to the "On" position without starting the engine. If your Escape has push-button start, press and hold the " Start" for two seconds without touching the brake pedal -- touching the brake pedal while holding the button will start the engine.

Press and hold both the brake and gas pedals until a "Service: Oil reset in prog." message shows on the instrument cluster display -- this message takes about three seconds to appear. Continue holding the gas and brake pedals until the instrument cluster display reads "Service: Oil reset complete," which will appear after about 25 seconds of holding the pedals.

Release the pedals, turn the ignition off and remove the key. For models with push-button start, press the "Start" button to turn the vehicle off.

Items you will need

  • Ignition key

 How to Reset the Oil Change Light on a Ford

Start your vehicle and leave the engine running.

Shift to "P" on your transmission. This puts the car in parking mode.

Press the "Setup" button on your dashboard repeatedly until you reach "Change Oil."

Hold down the "Reset" button for some seconds until you hear a beep. This signifies that you reset the oil monitor.

 How to Reset the Oil Change Light in a 2003 Lincoln Town Car

Insert the key into the ignition and turn it to "ACC."

Press the "MODE" button on the display panel until the oil life indicator is on the display.

Press and hold the "MODE" button until "RESET FOR NEW OIL LIFE" appears.

Press the "Reset" button. Hold the button for at least two seconds, then release. The engine oil life should display as reset.

 How to Reset a Change Oil Light on a Saturn

Turn the ignition to the "on" position without starting the Saturn. When done correctly, chimes will ring and the display will light up.

Find the reset button located within the fuse box in the engine compartment of Saturn models from 1991 to 2003. These models include the S-Series and early L-series. Once the fuse box is open, press the oil-r button for five seconds.

Press the reset/trip button located on the display face inside the Saturn Ion and Relay models until the oil life display is present. Press the trip/reset button down until you hear chimes and the oil life display resets to 100 percent.

Press and release the gas pedal three times within five seconds on Saturn Vue and late model L-Series vehicles. The display light will flash a few times to indicate that it has been reset.

Start the vehicle. If the procedure was done correctly, the oil indicator will either be at 100 percent or the light will have disappeared.

 How to Reset an Oil Change Warning on a Ford Freestyle

Place the key in the ignition and turn it two positions forward to the accessory power position. This activates all the electrical options in the Freestyle and illuminates all the instrument-cluster warning lights, but does not start the engine.

Locate the message center's control buttons on the right side of the steering wheel's center panel.

Press the "Setup" button and hold until "System Check" is displayed on the message center.

Press the "Reset" button, located next to the "Setup" button. The message "Oil Life % Hold Reset New" will be displayed on the message center.

Press the "Reset" button again and hold it for about two seconds, until "If New Oil Hold Reset" is displayed on the message center.

Press the "Reset" button for a third time and hold it again until "Oil Life Set To 100%" is displayed on the message center. The oil change system warning light has been reset. Start the engine to ensure the "Oil Life 0%" is no longer illuminated on the instrument cluster.

 How to Reset the Change Oil Light on a 2004 Oldsmobile Alero 2.4

Insert the ignition key into the Alero's ignition and turn it to the "On" position, but do not start the vehicle.

Press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds.

Listen for an audible chime and watch for the "Change Oil" light to extinguish indicating the resetting of the system.

Turn the ignition to the "Off" position.

Start the Alero and verify the "Change Oil" light remains off. If the light illuminates, repeat the entire procedure.

 How to Reset the Change Oil Light in a Hummer H3

Turn the H3's key to "On/Run" with the engine off. Inspect the instrument cluster and find the protruding "Trip" stem.

Touch the "Trip" stem until "Oil Life" displays in the instrument cluster window. Wait a few seconds until the window alternates between "Reset" and "Oil Life."

Push and hold the "Trip" stem. After about five seconds, you hear three beeps. Turn the key to "Off," remove it, and then reinsert it and start the engine.

Verify that the "Change Oil" light is no longer lit up. If it is still lit, repeat the reset process.