How to reset the oil life in GM vehicles

General Motors has an indicator that informs the driver when the oil in the engine must be replaced. The indicator on the life span of the oil used factors such as style of driving, mileage accumulated and weather conditions. An indicator such as a warning light on the instrument panel or a warning screen on the driver information center will let the driver know the time when the oil should be changed. The proper functioning of the warning system of the oil life requires the system to reboot manually after each change it.

  1. The General Motors vehicles used this procedure for 2006 and newer. Turn the ignition to the ON position (turn) without starting the vehicle. Hold the ENTER button (enter) the driver information center for one second, while the message of the life of the oil is shown. Turn the key to OFF (off) once the message is displayed. Turn the car to check the oil change message is restored.
  2. General Motors vehicles used this procedure for 2005 and earlier. Turn the ignition to the ON position (turn) without starting the vehicle. Press and release the accelerator pedal completely three times in less than five seconds. Make sure the CHG OIL SOON message flashes twice. Turn the ignition key to the OFF position (off). Turn the vehicle to make sure the CHG OIL SOON message no longer appears. For some 1998-2002 vehicles of General Motors, press and hold the odometer button for 12 seconds until the message goes out oil change.
  3. Use this procedure to General Motors vehicles with a reset button: Turn the ignition to the ON position (on) without starting the vehicle. Hold the reset button on the end of the dashboard near the fuse box for five seconds. Turn the vehicle to make sure the oil change light has gone out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult the owner’s manual for specific information on restoring your system oil life.
  • Check the oil level in all fuel stations. The system oil life does not indicate when the oil level is low.