Oil Change light is on

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  1. Stealaway

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    So we are in the East of Germany on the autobahn when the menu indicator suddenly said Change the Oil. Its also lit up a red oil can on the dash. The same service indicator says to service the engine in 870 miles. I serviced it in March 7000 miles ago.

    What's going on ?
     
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    Assuming it's definitely the service indicator and not low oil pressure I would bet the people who carried the service never reset or incorrectly set the service interval. Some indicators are set by time, others actually measure the viscosity of the oil and indicate when the oil needs changing regardless of mileage.
    Seven thousand miles is nothing when you consider the service intervals on modern engines and synthetic oils. My Ducato requires an oil change every 28,000 miles or two years. For peace of mind you could contact the people who serviced your motorhome and discuss with them. Either way check your oil level at the first opportunity.
     
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    I was told that if a dash light is yellow then proceed with caution, keeping an eye on temperatures, performance etc, if red get it looked at immediately.
     
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    when you service it yourself you cannot reset the oil / mileage unit , as you know you have changed the oil and no doubt you have checked it ,

    go on google type in the make and model ie Ford Transit how to reset the oil light indicator ,

    it will be something like :- ign on , foot on brake, ign off, release brake and the oil light will reset etc
     
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    Thanks peaps. Oil level is good. I have never had the service intervals reset as it means taking it into a main dealer and bending over! I've serviced the van twice now over 15000 miles and the service light has never been on before.
     
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    Perhaps it does not know it's been serviced before and is now indication one because of the total mileage obtained.
     
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    Believe some of the cheap ODB readers can reset the service interval indicator
     
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    If your van has a DPF it can cause the oil change warning to come on if its done a number of forced re-generations due to oil dilution. Check the oil level hasn't risen, and if it has you need an oil change urgently.
     
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    I doubt you'll find a CHEAP one capable of resetting service lights.
     
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    If you have done the services yourself and not reset the intervals then that is the answer as to why the light is on. It's "brain" has not been told about the services you have done, so it now thinks one is due. Don't know how to fix it though I would guess a trip to a Fiat Pro dealer and see how much he will charge?
     
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    You have been warned!!!!!
     
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    If you read above you will note oil level has been checked and is ok !
     
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    If you read above you will note this has already been suggested.
     
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    It's simple to put off, just google it, there are, as someone else mentioned various ways to put it off not involving a computer, just switching things in the right order.
     
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    That is not conclusive as the oil level may have been near the low mark and has been diluted with diesel and is now up near the max mark
     
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    It's pretty obvious that if he has changed the oil twice and never put it on the clock that it just wants putting right.
     
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    Logical OBI Wan!
     
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    Right as it's now the weekend, I'm not going to find a Fiat garage to advise me. Having looked at the Fiat forums I've decided it is the service indicator that's way beyond reset mileage. The oil level is perfect and hasn't gone up or down. I've done another 150 miles to Cologne today and nothing has gone bang. Why would the oil level go up through this regeneration process people keep mentioning?
     
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    I've just been reading the owners manual. I know don't laugh - when all else fails! It sez 'ere that the service intervals are at 27,000 miles. Guess how many miles this van has just clocked up while we have been away? It seems there might be a You Tube video on how to reset the service indicator. I'll let you know how I get on.
    Thanks for all your help people I really appreciate it.
     
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    That is what Phil told you in his earlier post. But it is also or two years - so how old is the van?

    PS you have already told us it has done over 15,000 miles, so my guess is 15,000. Do I win a prize? :D
     
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