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Old 09-20-2012, 01:24 PM
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Oil Change Service Info Lights

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I got this service light showing oil change. Can anyone tell me why is the light on in spite of the due date showing March of 2013 ? The oil level looks fine. Attached photographs.
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It's telling you that you have 1300 miles to go until an oil change is needed based on the miles you have driven, and that you should change it in March of 2013 if it hasn't counted down to zero by then in order to have one change per year.

FWIW, you should change it now.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:18 AM
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Thanks Zooks527 for your reply. Why should the service light come on now when its not even close to the service date/miles ?
I have been driving the car for the past week and the 1300 miles to go before servicing thing isn't dropping! I have added almost 100 miles. Shouldn't it be showing 1200 now? But guess what, its tsill showing 1300 miles!
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:32 AM
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Thanks Zooks527 for your reply. Why should the service light come on now when its not even close to the service date/miles ?
I have been driving the car for the past week and the 1300 miles to go before servicing thing isn't dropping! I have added almost 100 miles. Shouldn't it be showing 1200 now? But guess what, its tsill showing 1300 miles!
It's not a direct count down so the computer hasn't adjusted the mileage down yet. As for alerting now instead of in 1,300 miles it's kind of a "grace period"...alerting you ahead of time so that you can schedule a change at your convenience. Though the car won't stop running if you reach the change interval. My Accord had something like this though it was mechanical. It had a dash display that was green when the oil did not need changing, then changed to yellow to alert me to change the oil, and then went red after a certain number of miles if I did not change it (or, more accurately reset the indicator).

You'll be fine but schedule an oil change as the interval is approaching.
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Thanks Zooks527 for your reply. Why should the service light come on now when its not even close to the service date/miles ?
I have been driving the car for the past week and the 1300 miles to go before servicing thing isn't dropping! I have added almost 100 miles. Shouldn't it be showing 1200 now? But guess what, its tsill showing 1300 miles!
No need to worry ... it is approximate and based on your recent driving habits. It is not unusual for the estimated mileage to hold steady for a little while, or drop suddenly by more than the miles recently driven, depending on the proportions of city v. highway driving and/or shorter v. longer trips in your recent driving history.

It comes on early enough to give you time to plan ahead, so you are not scrambling to make an appointment as the counter ticks down to zero. "Not even close" is a relative term. For many people (myself included) 1300 miles is only 2-3 weeks of driving. Also, while you are covered under the maintenance plan, you can bring in the car any time after the service reminder comes on and service will be covered. You do not need to wait for it to (nearly) reach zero.
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