Automobiles certainly have come a long way from when they were first invented. Remember back when you used to have to keep up with your own oil changes, now we have a maintenance indicator on our dash. And then things like that lead to searching for Resetting The Change Oil Light or clearing the “Service Engine Soon” light or clearing the “Check Eng” light, “how do you do that?”
So you have to wonder, is all this high tech in cars worth it, is the car thinking for us making us lazy? In the past and still currently used at some oil and lube shops, are stickers placed in your door jams that have the mileage and date hand written.Of course it is up to you to remember to look at the sticker and also decide how many miles you want to go before your next oil change.
How Often Should You Change Your Oil
Most oil changes can occur between 3000 and 5000 miles and really more to the latter. Oils today are designed to go between 5000 and 10000 miles depending on the condition and the types of oil you use. I have built many motors, I wouldn’t stretch an oil change out 10000 miles. With a good synthetic oil, I wouldn’t go no more than 7000 miles.
The Change Oil Light was originally designed to go 3 months or 3000 miles, whichever came first. Some of the newer vehicles are adhering to 5 month or 5000 miles. So Resetting The Change Oil Light still requires some manual brain power.
If your vehicle is scheduled for around 3000 miles but you are running a great brand full synthetic oil that was designed to run 10000 miles, are you going to change it at 3000 just because your light told you to?
Of course not, so you need to keep up with the mileage on your own. With today’s technology, we now have phone apps that make task like these more simple, check out MY CARFAX, it’s a free app. There is a really nice app for iPhones too, it runs $2.99, check out Car Minder Plus..
Technology In Today’s Cars
Cars and trucks have become more like a computer on wheels, sadly nothing as great as Knight Rider’s KITT but never the less, plenty of gadgets and systems. However all the gadgets to make your life easier can also drive you crazy, especially when dash light indicators come on and you or your car manual has no clue to tell you how to turn it off!!!
Fortunately I have found all the information on the Resetting The Change Oil Light for all makes and models. Click HERE to find your car and how to reset and turn that light off…
Automotive computer systems have come a long way as well. they were first introduced back in the late 70’s early 80’s and they were garbage. You couldn’t talk to them and they were known for being an issue right off the assembly line.
As we got into the 90’s, the systems started getting better with 2 way communications between a tech and car although it was still limited. In the turn of the millennium, automotive computer systems started getting smart. Not only could you communicate with them but you could actually tell the systems what to do for testing and manual diagnosis.
Now cars have USB ports, Bluetooth, On-board MS Windows, voice recognition to control most everything on the car, remote control from your Smartphone and the list keeps growing. These cars can even park themselves and soon will be driving themselves.
For the regular DIY type person, you may want to hear what your car has to say when one of those irritating lights come on. You can run down to a local parts house and see if they will pull the codes for you but there has been some issues and parts houses are not reading codes like they did.
So if you would like to read the codes yourself, here is an inexpensive little ODB2 Scanner that will do more than what you need to get your car to tell you why it has a light on.