How to Reset the Oil Change Required on a Ford Vehicle

by Kyle Sanstrom
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Ford vehicles have a light that displays on the dashboard to alert the driver that the time has come to change the oil. The vehicle’s computer monitors a number of factors such as engine load, rpm and trip duration in order to determine when to display the message. This message will remain displayed until the driver follows a special sequence using the trip/reset button near the odometer.

Step 1

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Place the Ford vehicle’s transmission into park or first gear (manual). Apply the parking brake and turn off the engine. Turn the ignition back to the “ON” position, but do not start the engine.

Step 2

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Press and release the trip/reset button repeatedly to cycle through the available on-screen options until the display reads “OIL LIFE = XXX% HOLD RESET.”

Step 3

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Press and hold the trip/reset button until the display reads “OIL LIFE SET TO 100%.”

Step 4

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Turn the ignition to the “OFF” position. Start the engine and verify that the oil change required message is no longer displayed.

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