Originally Posted by greenmachine10
I am in the same situation...Oil Change light/warning came on in my '10 Compass after only 4100 km. I used your method of resetting the indicator - but my question is this: as I am not familiar with this system (sorry, previous GM only owner) now that I've reset it will it come on again when it legitimately needs to be changed or does it now think that I've just changed the oil and will come on again only after a specified amount of time/mileage has passed?
Based on my ACTUAL experience, I do reset the oil change light at around 4800 KM, then it light again a few KM later (around 5200 KM), so there's another factor for the light to come ON other than a dumb mileage counter.
BTW, the Jeep's oil change indicator seem a lot dummy than GM's indicator because on my other car (a 2k10 Chevy Cobalt), the oil change interval are calculate based on A LOT of factors and it vary pretty much each time. But on average my GM need oil change every 11,000 KM, not less and I use full synthetic oil in it because even if GM ask for dino oil into the owner manual, I think 11,000 KM on dino's is exaggerated!!
But actually as I told previously, I got three car...
- in my 2k6 Matrix XR, the owner manual tell to change oil every 8000 KM and use standard 5w30 dino oil
- in my 2k10 Chevy Cobalt LS, the owner manual tell to follow oil change indicator (it's a percentage shown in on-board computer) but average interval is 12,000 KM based on manual. They tell to use standard 5w30 dino oil either.
- in my 2k10 Jeep Compass, the owner manual aren't telling anything about recommended oil change interval, they says to follow oil change indicator, but it's a real joke because on most case, my oil change indicator came on after 4000-4500 KM.
On the Jeep it sound more like a scam to make dealer making more money changing oil!!
Does anybody can explain scientifically why Toyota recommend to change dino oil at 8000 KM, GM recommend to change every 12,000 KM and JEEP/Chrysler ask to change every 4000-5000 KM based on oil change indicator.
ONE WORD : W.T.F. ???!!!