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How to Reset a Change Oil Light on a Saturn

by Elizabeth Arnold

A Saturn's change oil indicator light is not automatically reset when the oil change is complete. You need to manually reset the oil life meter. Saturn models from 1991 through 2003 feature a reset button located within the fuse box in the engine compartment. Saturn models from 2003 on need to be reset manually by using the trip/reset button located on the face of the display. No tools are required to complete this simple task.


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.

About the Author

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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