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How do I reset the OilChange warning on a 2004 Ford Explorer V6 after changing the oil

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If you have the onboard computer display (shows MPG, Miles, oil life etc) cycle to the oil life
display ( o% most likely) and press and hold the ENTER button. It is usually and arrow with a
bend on it. If this doesnt work, try cycling your ignition key from Off to Ready to Start 2 or 3 times and
immediately after depress the gas pedal and release the pedal. One of the combinations will reset
the warning also. Good luck and be diligent. It will work.

Posted on May 29, 2011

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    Joe A May 29, 2011

    I should have said to press the gas pedal only after cycling the ignition 2 to 3 times. Try 2 and if it doesnt work try 3. Someties you have to hold the pedal down a few seconds. The oil life will reset to 100% when you get it right.

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