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How to Reset the Service Light on a Volkswagen Passat

by Jody L. Campbell

Some Volkswagen dealers would have Passat owners thinking they need to bring their cars to them for oil change services or purchase a special tool to reset the "Service" light illuminating on the dashboard. This is a mileage interval light that trips every 3,000 to 5,000 miles that indicates an oil change is necessary. You do not need a special tool to change your oil, nor do you need to bring the car in to the dealer.

Step 1

Sit in the driver's seat of the Passat and close all the doors.

Step 2

Position the trip/odometer button to display the odometer mileage reading, then hold it down with the forefinger on your left hand.

Step 3

Turn the ignition key to the "key-on/engine-off" position to turn on all the power options for the Passat without actually starting the engine. At this point, a service indicator light will display (in the form of a wrench).

Press the minute adjustment button on the clock (or turn the knob clockwise on European manufactured Passats) and release the trip/odometer button.

Tip

  • On 2007 and newer Passats, there are some that have a "wrench button" to the right side of the trip reset. You would hold this button down instead of the trip/odometer, turn the ignition key to the "key-on/engine-off" position, release the wrench button and press the "min" (minute adjustment) button on the clock to reset.

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