How to Reset the Change Oil Lights in a 2006 Ford Explorer


The 2006 Ford Explorer has a message display feature that informs the driver of several maintenance procedures that should be performed over time. One of these procedures is changing the engine oil. When the oil is low, the message display will show "CHANGE OIL." After the oil is changed, however, the message display must be reset manually. You should reset this display every time you change the oil, which should be done every 5,000 miles or 180 days.

  • Locate the "TRIP/RESET" button on your vehicle's control switch. Press and hold the "TRIP/RESET" button to select the "SYSTEM CHECK" option. This will cause the message display to cycle through each of the systems being monitored. "OIL LIFE RESET" will be the first system displayed.

  • Depress the "TRIP/RESET" button then select "OIL LIFE RESET." The message display will show "HOLD RESET IF NEW OIL."

  • Press and hold the "TRIP/RESET" button for more than two seconds to reset the engine oil life. Once the procedure has been completed, "OIL LIFE SET TO 100%" will be displayed.

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  • "2006 Ford Explorer Owner's Guide"; Ford Motor Company; 2005
  • Photo Credit Nicolas Loran/Photodisc/Getty Images
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