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How to Reset the Pontiac Vibe After an Oil Change

by Karen Kramer

According to Peter Lord, executive director of GM Service Operations, "Most owners of GM vehicles no longer have to worry about deciding when to change their engine oil because leading-edge technology will determine the right time for them." The GM Oil Life System uses parameters that track engine revolutions, temperature and driver use to decide when your engine oil needs replacement. GM Goodwrench experts reset the system after each oil change, but if you're a do-it-yourself enthusiast who changes your own oil, you will need to reset the system.

2003 and Older Vehicles

Step 1

Open the driver's side fuse box cover and find the red "RESET" button in the center of the panel.

Step 2

Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position but do not start the engine. Wait for the dashboard warning lights to go out.

Step 3

Press the "RESET" button. The "Change Oil" light will flash.

Step 4

Press and hold the "RESET" button until the car chimes.

Turn ignition key to "OFF." Replace the fuse box cover.

2004 and Newer Vehicles

Step 1

Turn the ignition key to the "ON" position without starting the engine.

Step 2

Press the gas pedal to the floor three times within five seconds.

Step 3

Turn the ignition to the "OFF" position.

Step 4

Turn the ignition back to the "ON" position.

Check to see if the oil light has been reset. If not, repeat the procedure.

About the Author

Karen Kramer has been writing online since 2004. She has provided content for websites such as Parenting Help Me, a popular parenting website. Kramer is the author of the popular Christian article series, "The Wimpy Witness." She pursued a degree in practical ministries from the School of the Prophets, a Bible college in Virginia.

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