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My maintenance required light changed from green (slowly) to red. i am a few hundred miles overdue for an oil change, which i'm doing today- how do I reset that light? I believe the oil change factor is the reason for the light change, because it's happened that way before when I brought it in to be changed. To save $, I've started doing the oil changes myself, but have no idea how to reset that thing.  Also (in case it isn't due to needing an oil change) what might that light be indicating? 

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I believe that there is a small slot, perhaps under the maintenance light, but somewhere on the speedometer, that allows you to put your ignition key into it and press in order to reset the light.

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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    philschneide Oct 11, 2009

    If you don't have the slot, you can try this procedure:

    Turn the key to the II position (but not to III, or START)

    Turn the key to the 0 (OFF) position, then push -- and hold -- the odometer reset button

    Turn the key back to the II position, while still holding the button

    After about 10-15 seconds, the light should go off

    Release button and turn key to 0.

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