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How to Reset Your Oil Level With OnStar

by Jennifer Hudock

OnStar, a General Motors-specific service, keeps you safe and connected while on the road and provides you diagnostic notifications about the performance of your vehicle. Monitoring your oil with OnStar will help keep you on top of importance maintenance that will prolong the life and quality of your car's engine. Once you have changed the oil in your car, it is essential that your reset the oil level in OnStar so you know exactly when to take your car in for its next oil change.

Turn the ignition in your vehicle so the engine is running.

Visit the "NAV/DIC" control panel in your vehicle and choose "Info."

Click on "Oil Life" in the "Info" menu and choose the "Reset" option.

Hold the "Reset" button in until the percentage reads 100 percent. The percentage will lower as you drive, growing closer to your next oil change.


  • In the event that you cannot reset from your control panel, turn your vehicle off, then back on. Press down on the gas pedal three times to reset the Oil Life meter.
  • If taking your car to the dealer garage you bought your car from for an oil change, you may want to ask the mechanic to reset your Oil Life meter once he's finished changing the oil.

About the Author

Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.

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