How to Reset the 'Change Engine Oil' Light on a 2006 Chevy Silverado

by Russell Wood

The computer in a 2006 Chevrolet Silverado has a maintenance light that illuminates in the gauge cluster to show when the truck needs an oil change. Just changing the oil doesn't turn off the light, though; you have to manually reset the system. You can do this with no special tools and nothing more than your ignition key and about a minute or so of your time.


Place your Silverado's key into the ignition. Turn the key to the "Run" position, but do not start the truck.


Press your right foot down hard on the accelerator pedal three times within a five-second window. Look on the gauge cluster and see if the maintenance light is flashing. Allow it to flash for at least 10 seconds, or until it stops.


Turn the key to the "Off" position and remove it from the ignition. Turn the key to "Run" again and make sure the maintenance light turns off. If not, repeat the process and try pumping the accelerator pedal faster.

About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.