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How to Reset the Oil Light on an Impala

by Justin Cupler

The oil life system in an Impala measures the amount of time before your next oil change is due. This system uses the amount of mileage elapsed to determine when the oil change light comes on. After the oil is changed, the light must be reset; it will not reset itself automatically. Every few years GM changed the process in which the oil light is reset in the Impala.

1994

Insert the key into the ignition.

Turn the ignition to the run position, but do not start the Impala.

Press and hold the "Reset" button located at the end of the instrument panel for at least 5 seconds.

Turn the vehicle off, then start it to verify the light is off.

1995 to 2006

Insert the key into the ignition.

Turn the key to the run position, but don't start it.

Fully press and release the gas pedal three times within 5 seconds.

Watch the oil change light. It should flash twice then turn off.

2000 to 2005 with DE100 Radio

Insert the key and turn it to the on position. Do not start the vehicle.

Turn the radio off.

Press the "Disp" button on the radio for 5 seconds. "Settings" will be displayed on the radio.

Press the "Seek" button to cycle through the menu.

Press the "Previous" or "Next" button once "Oil Life" is displayed on the radio.

Press the "Disp" button to reset the oil life once "Reset" is displayed on the radio.

Listen for a chime; this indicates that the reset is complete.

Press the "Prev" button until "Exit" is on the display.

Press the "Disp" button; you will hear a chime indicating the exit of the program.

2007 to 2011

Insert the key into the ignition.

Turn the key to the on position, but do not start it.

Press the fuel information button until you see "Engine Oil Life" in the display.

Press and hold the "Set/Reset" button.

Observe as the engine oil life returns to 100.

Turn the key to the off position.

Start the vehicle to verify the light is reset.

About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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