Ford F-150/F-250: How to Reset Your Change Oil Light

If changing your oil is a necessary evil, then the "change your oil" warning in your F-150 is a necessary annoyance. Luckily, turning it off is much easier (and cleaner) than actually doing the deed.

By Jeffrey Smith - October 9, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250, F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

The little light on your dash is telling you that your oil is at a very low percentage of useful life, but you just changed it. What do you do now? Resetting the oil change light in an F-150 or an F-250 Super Duty is a simple task that can be done in a matter of seconds. It is very important that you reset the light at the time of the oil change; forgetting to do so will result in premature "oil change required" message in the future.

As soon as that oil change indicator light turns on, you need to decide if you are going to replace the oil yourself and reset the light, or if you will have a professional do the job.

Materials Needed

  • Ignition key

If you can change the oil yourself, you can certainly reset the oil light. You only need to have your ignition key to perform this simple task. While is is important to reset the oil light with every change, it is equally as important to not reset this light if you have not changed the oil. The Ford oil monitoring system is based on an algorithm that is used to extend the frequency of oil changes; it is not based on an oil condition detection system within the motor. If you reset the light just to extend your oil change interval, you could be causing irreprable damage to your engine and possibly voiding your warranty.

Step 1 - Insert key into ignition

Turn the ignition to the "on" position, but do not start the engine.

Step 2 - Access the Setup Menu

For 2004-2010 Ford trucks:

Press and hold the Select/Release knob on your dashboard until the display reads “OIL LIFE XXX% HOLD RESET = NEW”.

For 2011+ Ford trucks:

Use the directional pad on the steering wheel to access the settings menu.

  • Figure 1. Press in and hold the select/reset nub on the right until you get to this screen.
  • Figure 2. Access the settings menu using the arrows on your steering wheel.

Step 3 - Press the "reset" button

For 2004-2010 Ford trucks:

Press and hold the reset button for approximately two seconds and release to reset the oil life to 100%.

For 2011+ Ford trucks:

The menu path to reset your oil life is as follows: Settings>Vehicle>Oil Life Reset

From there, you can set the oil life to whatever percentage you choose.

    • F-150 Oil Life Reset Procedure
      Figure 3. Keep the button depressed to cycle through the different oil life percentages. Release the button when oil life is set to 100%
    • Figure 4. Set to 100% after changing oil.

Step 4 - Turn off the ignition

Turn off the ignition and then restart the engine to verify that the oil life indicator has been reset to 100%.

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