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I am getting a maint reqed light on start up I checked the oil it appears to be ok the car has 4600 mi on it. Am i supposed to get this just before the 5k check?
 

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BIGGUY said:
I am getting a maint reqed light on start up I checked the oil it appears to be ok the car has 4600 mi on it. Am i supposed to get this just before the 5k check?
After 4,500 miles an indicator light will flash for 12 seconds after starting, and then it will turn off.

After 5,000 miles an indicator light will flash for 12 seconds after starting, and then it will change to a steady glow and remain on.

If you change the oil (and filter) yourself, here's how to reset the light so it will stay off until the next change interval:
1) With the power on, switch to the odometer/trip-meter to display "ODO".
2) Power OFF (push the "Power" button).
3) Power ON, while holding the button for "ODO".
4) Wait for the reminder light to stop flashing, then release. While the reset is taking place, you'll see the odometer value change to 5 dashes. Then each will be disappear, one at a time from the left. When finished, 7 zeroes will briefly appear, indicating the process is complete before the previous odometer mileage returns.
 

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Now if he turns it off early, will it assume an oil change and come on even earlier next time, or will it come on at 9500 miles?
 

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Now if he turns it off early, will it assume an oil change and come on even earlier next time, or will it come on at 9500 miles?
Doing a reset gives it another 5000 miles. So if you reset at 4K it will come on again at 9K.
 
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