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Old 09-20-2008, 10:22 AM   #1
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Default How do you reset the oil life system?

Just finished changing the oil and filter on my 2.4L - thanks for the help here, went smoothly with the special socket.

Now I am trying to reset the Engine Oil Life System and can not figure it out. It was not close to needing changing, about 91%, but I got 1000 miles and always do it this way. Problem is the owner's manual says to Display OIL LIFE RESET on the DIC. I can not find that on the DIC. I have pressed all the buttons trying to make it reset while on the oil life left, but to no avail. Does anyone know the secret to how to reset this?

Thanks PepsiCE005, he had the answer!

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Default Re: How do you reset the oil life system?

Hi Bob,
While the vehicle is in Park, you need to hold down "info" and the enter (<-) key for a few seconds.. that will bring you into advanced options.. I believe oil reset is the first option that will show up. Just select that and it'll revert back to 100%.
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Hi Bob,
While the vehicle is in Park, you need to hold down "info" and the enter (<-) key for a few seconds.. that will bring you into advanced options.. I believe oil reset is the first option that will show up. Just select that and it'll revert back to 100%.
Thanks, got it now. You think they would make the manual a little more user friendly. It doesn't automatically revert though, you have to push reset right below it. And you have to do it quickly, as it goes back to what it was on. I stumbled around and looked at the DIC section and got it and the all important ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and it reset. Thanks again, forums are great!
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:39 PM   #4
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Most GM cars reset oil life meter by Key ON and depress the gas pedal 3 times in succession. Haven't had the Bu long enough to try yet.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:49 AM   #5
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Most GM cars reset oil life meter by Key ON and depress the gas pedal 3 times in succession. Haven't had the Bu long enough to try yet.
Yes. What's weird on our '08 is, at least from the first time it was tried, my mother attempted to reset the oil life monitor how I had told her (through the DIC, go to the screen and hold Select) but it would not work. Tried it several times, and no luck. So, from her past GM's, I said try the pedal trick and that did it. Possibly an issue, but the buttons work otherwise, so we've never pursued it--I did read of a couple of Aura owners with the same bug, on another forum, some time ago.

So, like most GM vehicles, the DIC reset is the formal way to do it but the key on & pedal pump also works in the Malibu.
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I have a 2009 Malibu and I don't have a <- button. I tried the enter button in combination with just about everything (I think) and could not get to advanced menus. I was able to reset the oil life indicator with the key on and gas pedal 3 times. But how do I get to the advanced menus on my 2009?
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Old 12-04-2011, 06:46 AM   #7
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I ran into this myself and noticed that on my 2010 4-cyl that it took about 15 seconds of holding both buttons before the advanced menu popped up. Oil life reset was first and I reset it.
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I ran into this myself and noticed that on my 2010 4-cyl that it took about 15 seconds of holding both buttons before the advanced menu popped up.
Is there an "advanced menu" on the '11 models ??
I'd hate to have to get out my manual and look it up !!
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Is there an "advanced menu" on the '11 models ??
I'd hate to have to get out my manual and look it up !!
DIC Vehicle Personalization


Your vehicle has personalization capabilities that allow you to program certain features to a preferred setting. All of the features listed may not be available on your vehicle. Only the features available will be displayed on the DIC.

The default settings for the features were set when your vehicle left the factory, but may have been changed from their default state since that time.

To change feature settings, use the following procedure:

Entering Personalization Menu

1. Turn the ignition on while the vehicle is stopped.

To avoid excessive drain on the battery, it is recommended that the headlamps are turned off.

2. Press and hold the information and reset buttons at the same time for one second, then release to enter the personalization menu.

If the vehicle speed is greater than 3 km/h (2 mph), only the UNITS menu will be accessible.

3. Press the information button to scroll through the available personalization menu modes.

Press the reset button to scroll through the available settings for each mode.

If you do not make a selection within ten seconds, the display will go back to the previous information displayed.

Personalization Menu Modes

OIL LIFE RESET
When this feature is displayed, you can reset the engine oil life system. To reset the system, see Engine Oil Life System . See “OIL LIFE” under DIC Operation and Displays for more information.

UNITS
This feature allows you to select the units of measurement in which the DIC will display the vehicle information. When UNITS appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

ENGLISH (default in United States): All information will be displayed in English units.

METRIC (default in Canada): All information will be displayed in metric units.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

REMOTE START
If your vehicle has remote start, this feature allows remote start to be turned off or on. Remote start allows you to start the engine from outside of the vehicle using your Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter. When REMOTE START appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

OFF: The remote start feature will be disabled.

ON (default): The remote start feature will be enabled.

See Remote Vehicle Start for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

LOCK HORN
This feature, which allows the vehicle's horn to chirp every time the lock button on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter is pressed, can be enabled or disabled. When LOCK HORN appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

OFF (default): The horn will not chirp on the first press of the lock button on the RKE transmitter. The horn will still chirp on the second press.

ON: The horn will chirp on the first press of the lock button on the RKE transmitter.

See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

UNLOCK HORN
This feature, which allows the vehicle's horn to chirp on the first press of the unlock button on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter, can be enabled or disabled. When UNLOCK HORN appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

OFF (default): The horn will not chirp when the unlock button on the RKE transmitter is pressed.

ON: The horn will chirp on the first press of the unlock button on the RKE transmitter.

See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

LIGHT FLASH
This feature, which allows the vehicle's exterior hazard/turn signal lighting to flash every time the lock, unlock, or trunk release buttons on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter are pressed, can be enabled or disabled. When LIGHT FLASH appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:


OFF: The exterior hazard/turn signal lighting will not flash when the lock, unlock, or trunk release buttons on the RKE transmitter are pressed.


ON (default): The exterior hazard/turn signal lighting will flash when the lock, unlock, or trunk release buttons on the RKE transmitter are pressed.

See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

DELAY LOCK
This feature, which delays the actual locking of the vehicle, can be enabled or disabled. When DELAY LOCK appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

ON (default): The doors will not lock until five seconds after the last door is closed. You can temporarily override delayed locking by pressing the power lock switch or the lock button on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter a second time.

OFF: The doors will lock immediately when pressing the power lock switch or the lock button on the RKE transmitter.

See Power Door Locks , Delayed Locking , and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

AUTO UNLK (Unlock)
This feature, which allows the vehicle to automatically unlock certain doors, can be enabled or disabled. When AUTO UNLK appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

ALL (default): All of the doors will automatically unlock.

DRIVER: The driver's door will automatically unlock.

NONE: None of the doors will automatically unlock. You will need to manually unlock the doors. See Programmable Automatic Door Locks for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

UNLK (Unlock)
This screen displays only if DRIVER or ALL is selected for the AUTO UNLK feature. This feature determines when the automatic door unlocking will occur. When UNLK appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

KEY OFF: The door(s) will unlock when the key is turned off.

SHIFT TO P (Park) (default): The door(s) will unlock when the vehicle is shifted into P (Park).

See Programmable Automatic Door Locks for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

EXT (Exterior) LIGHTS
This feature, which allows the vehicle's exterior perimeter lighting to turn on each time the unlock button on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter is pressed, can be enabled or disabled. When EXT LIGHTS appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

OFF: The exterior perimeter lighting will not turn on when the unlock button on the RKE transmitter is pressed.

ON (default): The exterior perimeter lighting will turn on when the unlock button on the RKE transmitter is pressed.

See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation for more information.

To select a setting and move on to the next feature, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

LANGUAGE
This feature allows you to select the language in which the DIC will display. When LANGUAGE appears on the display, press and hold the reset button for at least one second to scroll through the available settings:

ENGLISH (default): All messages will appear in English.

FRENCH: All messages will appear in French.

SPANISH: All messages will appear in Spanish.

GERMAN: All messages will appear in German.

To select a setting and exit out of the personalization menu mode, press the information button while the desired setting is displayed on the DIC.

Exiting Personalization Menu

The personalization menu will be exited when any of the following conditions occur:

• A ten second time period has elapsed.

The ignition is turned off.

The end of the personalization menu list is reached.
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OIL LIFE RESET
When this feature is displayed, you can reset the engine oil life system. To reset the system, see Engine Oil Life System . See “OIL LIFE” under DIC Operation and Displays for more information.
Thanks for the information.
I guess that this means that you can NOT reset it by simply displaying the % left and holding the reset button.
That must have been a different car I was thinking of.
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