Sunday, January 20, 2013

Resetting your check engine light

So we bought a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country a little over a year ago. Having run out of our free oil changes, I decided to take matters into my own hands. These days, it seems to cost $35 to get your oil changed, just about anywhere you go. OR, you can buy a good filter and fully synthetic oil for the same price. And, it only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish, once you know what you are doing. The only problem is, after changing your own oil, how in the world do you get that pesky "change oil" message to go away?

As it turns out, resetting the oil service light on the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Chrysler Town and Country is super easy!

1. Turn the ignition to the "run" position without actually turning the car on.
2. Within 10 seconds, fully depress and release the gas pedal 3 times.
3. Turn the car off and then start the engine to verify the change oil message is gone.

There you have it! You can now take control of your own car maintenance and save some money while you are at it!

Just keep in mind, resetting the check oil indicator is not a substitute for not keeping accurate service records, nor is it a way to get away with not changing your oil! So follow your manufacturer's recommendations (mine is every 5000 miles) and keep good records!