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post #1 of 32 Old 12-18-2011, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Another Oil Life Indicator Question...

My last oil change was October of 2010. It has gone 6500 miles since then. I mentally lost track of when I last changed the oil until I got my OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics Report in my email. It showed that the oil life was at 0% because it said the oil life system hadn't been reset in more than a year.

I would think my DIC would have notified me of this. It still says there is 41% left remaining life.

Has anybody been notified by their DIC that the oil needed changed based on being more than a year elapsed since their last oil reset? Seems that if the emailed Diagnostics Report report knew it, the car would too!

BTW, an oil change is in the very near future!!

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post #2 of 32 Old 12-18-2011, 01:09 PM
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Ask the dealer.

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What should he ask the dealer?

The DIC will not tell you that a year has elapsed since your last oil change because it doesn't deal with or record dates and times. So it is up to the owner to remember that a year has passed or like in your case...OnStar can remind you.

I have four vehicles now so none of them are getting enough mileage to require oil changing at regular intervals. I had to start a new routine in which I get the oil changed when a new inspection is required on each car/van and that way I don't forget.

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post #5 of 32 Old 12-18-2011, 07:50 PM
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I haven't looked in the owners manual recently, but I do remember reading something to the effect, even if there is time on the oil life monitor, you should change it at least once a yr.

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post #6 of 32 Old 12-19-2011, 07:38 AM
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The owners manual says either change it when the DIC tells you or once a year, whichever comes first.

Nice to see Onstar telling you when the 1year mark hits.
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What should he ask the dealer?

The DIC will not tell you that a year has elapsed since your last oil change because it doesn't deal with or record dates and times. So it is up to the owner to remember that a year has passed or like in your case...OnStar can remind you.

I have four vehicles now so none of them are getting enough mileage to require oil changing at regular intervals. I had to start a new routine in which I get the oil changed when a new inspection is required on each car/van and that way I don't forget.
Same thing here for mine, I change it during the Anniversary month!


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Sorry....I drive mine too much to ever need to worry about that.

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Sorry....I drive mine too much to ever need to worry about that.
Yeppers, me too!!! Between Christmas and New Years I'm going to hit 10k miles at just 6 months.

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I have a question: The manual says in order to reset the engine oil life system you need to: Turn on the ignition (with engine off).

2. Fully press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds.

But I just used the DIC to reset this. And Onstar says I now have 96% life so it did reset. I'm just wondering if I need to do the other procedure or what the difference is and why the DIC reset is not mentioned...
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