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How to Reset the Oil Service Light on a 2006 Chevy Equinox

by John Walker

Modern vehicles use advanced sensors to gauge the intensity and duration of driving. The sensors notify the computer when the oil has reached the end of its life cycle and needs replacing. Most vehicles use a warning light, while others use a digital readout on the instrument panel. The 2006 Chevrolet Equinox uses a flashing light on the instrument panel to notify you when the vehicle needs an oil change. Resetting the light takes about 30 seconds after you change the oil.

Turn the key to the "ON" position, but do not start the vehicle.

Press the gas pedal fully to the floor, and release it. Repeat the process two additional times within 30 seconds of turning the vehicle to "ON". Do not slam the pedal to the floor, as the vehicle may not register the action. Wait a few seconds for the light to flash and clear.

Start the vehicle, and monitor the dash display. Repeat the process if the light comes on again. You may have pressed the pedal down too rapidly.

Tip

  • Most professional lube shops will reset the light for you if asked.

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