How to Reset maintance light after an Oil Change

20,000miles came up @ Valentine's, My husband being a sweetheart changed my oil. Great Job!! Everything went smoothly!!!! Now the little maintance light keeps coming on. Does anybody know how to reset it so that the car knows it's had an oil change????

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Comment by Jan in West U on April 9, 2013 at 3:06pm

My dealership would NOT reset the light unless I had my oil changed there. I told them I was told I could come in anytime and they would reset it for me. Nope, they said, they have changed their policy because someone would say they had their oil changed there after the light had been reset. I changed my oil at a friends house and we figured out how to reset the light ourselves by reading posts like the one Robert posted.

Comment by Dan Fuller on July 18, 2009 at 12:29pm
Hi all, I'm new to the forum. Since I just did the second oil change on our Smart, I thought I would add my observations. After the first oil change I searched for the reset procedure and followed it exactly, it took 7 or 8 tries to get it to reset. I just finished the second oil change about 10min ago and was having the same problem, decided to try different variations. What worked for me was switching the ignition to position 2 in step 1, then following the rest of the procedure exactly. Of course, this assumes that the actual procedure doesn't just require 8 repetitions!
Comment by Robert B. Lyon on May 30, 2009 at 5:25pm
I had a very hard time with the instructions above (lifted from the UK site). I kept mucking around until I finally got the reset to work. This is what I THINK worked:

1• Switch on the ignition to position 1.
2• Select maintenance indicator by double tapping the left instrument cluster button.
3• Switch of the ignition to position 0 (off).

Steps 1 through 3 must be completed BEFORE the wrench starts flashing in the instrument cluster display.

4• Push and hold in the instrument cluster button and switch ignition on (start the car).
5• CONTINUE TO Hold the instrument cluster button for another 10sec.
6• In that time, the spanner symbol on the LCD will flash and eventually reset.

In step 4, I did start the car, though very leisurely by pausing for a few seconds at key position 1 before starting. Next time (a year from now), I'll retry this technique but testing the theory that the car must be started.

I hope this helps. I especially hope that this does not further derail other peoples' attempts.
Comment by Bob & Jan on February 23, 2009 at 6:47am
Good Luck in resetting the service light. I followed the instructions from the dealer and the SCOA website and it did not reset. I understand the dealer charges up to $60.00 to reset the light. I can live with the flashing wrench for the few seconds until it turns itself off.
Comment by Eddie & Yolanda Adams on February 22, 2009 at 8:09pm
Hi, have not gotting to my first oil chang yet.looks fairley easy to do.any advice from you great husband ? As for the resetting of the light ,that a great question. Let us know the answer . Ed

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