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Oil Change Light

Got a question does our oil change light come on because the oil is bad or is it on some kind of time interval. I know its not a mileage issue so I was just wondering do I change it cause its worn out our just press the gas pedal to the floor three times and go on my own schedule. Thanks guys
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Time interval is all. Nothing is wrong.

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It is based on time, mileage and and how hard it is driven. If you are towing heavy and working it hard it will sense it and shorten the oil change interval.

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You can get an oil integrity test kit from Amsoil if you're intersted in knowing what your oil is really doing.

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I'm not fully convinced that it is based on time. I recently changed my oil and the oil change thingy came on only 8 days later.The truck regened and the oil level went up as usual and I think that was it.

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It is based on time, mileage and and how hard it is driven. If you are towing heavy and working it hard it will sense it and shorten the oil change interval.
+1, the computer takes a number of variables into account and then decides when to trigger the light. Time, Mileage, driving conditions, temperature, etc... all come into play.

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+1, the computer takes a number of variables into account and then decides when to trigger the light. Time, Mileage, driving conditions, temperature, etc... all come into play.
Yea your right. All those variables all are factored in into how hard the oil is working (abused?) with other conditions all impacting how hard the oil having to work to protect the engine which translate to how much "life" is left in the oil.

I get my oil changed every 6000 miles because that is when my dealer does it for free for as long as I own the truck. At 6000 miles on the oil, I have yet to see the change oil warning come on. One time I went about 6500 miles and then the change oil light came on

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How do you reset the oil light?
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How do you reset the oil light?
Turn ignition on without starting. Then press throttle to floor slowly 3 times with in 10 seconds. Tat will turn off the oil change light.

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