Everything You Need To Know About the Oil Light

How to Deal with the Dashboard Light

You're driving along when a light illuminates on your dashboard. You look down and see a little icon of an oil can. That is your change oil light. If you are like a lot of drivers, you aren't fully sure what it means. So, most of the time, you just take it to your mechanic. Of course, a lot of other drivers just ignore the light. Below is a little of what you need to know about what it means.

The Change Oil Soon Light

Most vehicles have a change oil soon light. This turns on when you need to change your oil soon. Undoubtedly, you are shocked by this revelation.

Don't wait on getting that oil change. Whether you do it yourself or have someone take care of it for you, it is best to take care of it right away. You can likely drive for around a week after it turns on without an issue. However, it is not worth the risk to push the limits. Just get the oil change then continue driving.

This type of light counts the miles between oil changes. When you have an oil change, the light needs to be reset. If you have a mechanic to do the job for you, they will be able to reset the light. If not, consult your vehicle manual for instructions on how to do it yourself.

The Oil Life System Light

This type of light is very similar to the change oil soon light. However, the system it represents works differently. Instead of counting the miles between changes, this system monitors the level and other conditions of the oil. It will use this data to estimate when the oil needs to be changed. This more advanced system is equipped on some more modern vehicles.

However, as a driver, the difference is very minimal. When the light comes on, you need to change your oil. Again, you don't want to wait too long. Your car's computer knows when you need to get an oil change.

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