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Old 12-31-2003, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Press the reset stem until OIL LIFE appears (flashing) on the display. The GM Oil Life System™ shows an estimate of the oil’s remaining useful life. It will show 100% when the system is reset after an oil change. It will alert you to change your oil on a schedule consistent with your driving conditions.

Always reset the engine oil life after an oil change. To reset the oil life system press and hold the reset stem while OIL LIFE is displayed. The system will reset and a beep will sound.

The DIC does not replace the need to maintain your vehicle as recommended in the Maintenance Schedule in this manual. The oil change reminder will not detect dusty conditions or engine malfunctions that may affect the oil. Also, the oil change reminder does not measure how much oil you have in your engine. So, be sure to check your oil level often. See Engine Oil on page 5-13 for more information.

Owners Manual Page 5-17
How to Reset the CHANGE OIL Message
The GM Oil Life System calculates when to change your engine oil and filter based on vehicle use. Anytime your oil is changed, reset the system so it can calculate when the next oil change is required. If a situation occurs where you change your oil prior to a CHANGE OIL message being turned on, reset the system.

Always reset the engine oil life to 100% after every oil change. It will not reset itself. To reset the CHANGE OIL message, do the following:
1. Display OIL LIFE on the DIC.
2. Press and hold the reset stem. The oil life will change to 100% and a beep will sound.
3. Turn the key to LOCK.

If the CHANGE OIL message comes back on when you start your vehicle, the engine oil life system has not reset. Repeat the procedure.
This is from eSI and is more accurate and detailed than the Owners Manual.

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GM Oil Life System - Resetting
The vehicle has a computer system that has a change engine oil light, indicating when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on mileage. Based on driving conditions, the mileage at which an oil change will be indicated can vary considerably. For the oil life system to work properly, the system must be reset every time the oil is changed.

When the system has calculated that oil life has been diminished, it will indicate that an oil change is necessary. The change engine oil light will come on. The oil must be changed as soon as possible. It is possible that, if the vehicle is driven under the best conditions, the oil life system may not indicate that an oil change is necessary for over a year. However, the engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and at this time the system must be reset. If the system is ever reset accidentally, the oil must be changed at 3,000 miles (5 000 km) since the last oil change. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil and filter is changed.

1. Turn the ignition to RUN with the engine OFF.
2. Press and release the reset button in the driver information center (DIC) until the OIL LIFE message is displayed.
3. Once the alternating OIL LIFE and RESET messages appear on the DIC display, press and hold the reset stem until several beeps sound. This confirms the OIL LIFE system has been reset.
4. Turn the key to lock. If the CHANGE OIL message comes back on when you start the engine, the ENGINE OIL LIFE system has not reset. Repeat the procedure
Alternate Method
1. Turn the ignition key to RUN with the engine off.
2. Fully press and release the accelerator pedal 3 times within 5 seconds. Several beeps sound. This confirms the oil life system has been reset.
3. If the CHANGE/OIL message comes back on when you start the engine, the engine oil life system has not reset. Repeat the procedure
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Hmm I have been trying to just check my oil status.....I turn the key to the "on" position and press the button until "oil life" appears and is flashing. But I can't see what percentage of my oil is used up? Where does it show you? all I can see is the mileage. Any suggestions?
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It won't tell you a percentage except when you reset it. It will only tell you when it needs changed.

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Here's a thread from a few weeks ago....
http://www.coloradofans.com/viewtopic.php?t=557


I am told that the on-board computer can calculate and store the percentage of oil life, but for some reason we got shorted on the display.
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the dealer can probably tell with the diagnostic tool, they just don't show the consumer.
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I can press my stem until I'm blue in the face. All it will do is toggle back and forth from my odometer to my trip odometer. What am I doing wrong?
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This is from eSI and is more accurate and detailed than the Owners Manual.

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GM Oil Life System - Resetting
The vehicle has a computer system that has a change engine oil light, indicating when to change the engine oil and filter. This is based on engine revolutions and engine temperature, and not on mileage. Based on driving conditions, the mileage at which an oil change will be indicated can vary considerably. For the oil life system to work properly, the system must be reset every time the oil is changed.

When the system has calculated that oil life has been diminished, it will indicate that an oil change is necessary. The change engine oil light will come on. The oil must be changed as soon as possible. It is possible that, if the vehicle is driven under the best conditions, the oil life system may not indicate that an oil change is necessary for over a year. However, the engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and at this time the system must be reset. If the system is ever reset accidentally, the oil must be changed at 3,000 miles (5 000 km) since the last oil change. Remember to reset the oil life system whenever the oil and filter is changed.

1. Turn the ignition to RUN with the engine OFF.
2. Press and release the reset button in the driver information center (DIC) until the OIL LIFE message is displayed.
3. Once the alternating OIL LIFE and RESET messages appear on the DIC display, press and hold the reset stem until several beeps sound. This confirms the OIL LIFE system has been reset.
4. Turn the key to lock. If the CHANGE OIL message comes back on when you start the engine, the ENGINE OIL LIFE system has not reset. Repeat the procedure
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Something that tripped me up for a while is that you need to have the parking brake off, as well as all the doors shut to be able to access the oil life reset. Any messages displayed on the DIC will prevent you from getting to the oil life portion.
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I also can't get my oil life display to show the percentage of oil life left. The owners manual leads you to believe that you can check the remaining life left. I've got almost 10.000 mi on mine and the change oil message never came on. I did however change the oil at 6000 mi and I'm getting ready to do it again in a couple of thou mi because I've always been a advocate of frequent oil changes and I'm not going to wait for a computer I dont trust to tell me too. I didnt re-set the oil life when I changed it because I want to see if it ever comes on. I've been using Mobil 1 for the past 7 years or so in my past vehicles and I know you can go longer intervels but 10,000 (mostly highway miles) is still my limit.

Nowhere that I could find mentioned doing a first oil change withen the first couple thousand miles like I've always done in my past new vehicles. Whatever happened to "getting rid of the break-in oil"?
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They don't recommend removing the breakin oil that early. They haven't for a few years.

Also the DIC will not show the percentage left on our trucks. The manual for the 2004 models had a mis-print.
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