How do I reset the oil life on a 2012 Honda Accord?

I got an oil change a few days ago, but when I look at the oil life gauge on my instrument panel, it still reads 35%. How can I reset the oil life on my 2012 Honda Accord?

Answer
An oil change is an integral part of basic car maintenance, so good job on getting that done! Your mechanic probably just forgot to reset the oil life light, but doing it yourself is a cinch.
Follow these instructions to reset the oil life on a 2012 Honda Accord:
  • Turn the key to the on position. Or if you have a push-button start, press the button twice.
  • On your instrument cluster, find the trip button. Use it to select oil life.
  • Press and hold the trip button for 10 seconds, or wait until the oil life indicator starts to flash.
  • Release the button.
  • Press and hold the trip button again for five seconds, or until oil life reads 100%.
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Answered on Dec 15, 2021
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