How to Reset the Oil Life Gauge for a Mini Cooper


The Mini is a sporty compact car manufactured by the Bavarian Motor Works (BMW). The current Mini is an appealing combination of British styling and charisma with German engineering and reliability. Standard equipment on the Mini is the service interval display (SID), or oil life gauge. The gauge informs the driver when the vehicle’s next service is needed and is located near the odometer in the dashboard in front of the driver. When the Mini is serviced, the SID will need to be reset manually.

  • Place the key in the ignition.

  • Push and hold in the trip odometer button.

  • Turn the ignition key to the first position on the switch. Insure the message “51A” appears to the left of the mileage counter.

  • Release the trip odometer button and wait three seconds.

  • Push in the trip odometer button again and wait five to eight seconds. Insure the message “RST” appears to the left of the mileage counter and release the trip button.

  • Push the trip odometer button and wait for the message “15000” to appear. Release the trip odometer button and turn off the ignition key.

Tips & Warnings

  • To check the remaining mileage left in your service interval at any time, turn the ignition key to the first position. The message will appear to the left of the mileage counter for a few seconds. The message will also appear for a brief period after the engine is started.
  • If your service interval message has a minus sign in front of the number, your Mini has exceeded the mileage for the service interval. Service your Mini as soon as possible when this message appears.
  • The SID factors in your driving style and driving conditions when calculating your service interval. For this reason, service intervals may not always consist of the same number of miles.
  • Motor oil breaks down over time. If you drive your Mini less than 6000 miles per year, make sure you change your oil every two years regardless of the service interval indicated.
  • Make sure you annotate your Mini’s oil changes in the service booklet to keep your warranty valid.

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