How do you reset oil life on a 2008 Honda Accord?

I want to reset the oil life warning light in my car. After a recent oil change, it still only reads 65%. I’m pretty sure it should say 100%. How can I fix the oil change light on my 2008 Accord?

Answer
Changing your oil is an important part of basic car maintenance, so kudos on getting that done in a timely fashion. But you’re right—your oil life indicator should read 100% now.
To reset the oil life on a 2008 Honda Accord, just follow these steps:
  • Turn the key to the accessories position, but make sure not to start the vehicle.
  • On the instrument cluster, where you see the oil life display, look for the odometer trip button on the right-hand side.
  • Press this button until you see oil life at the bottom of the display.
  • Press and hold the button for 10 seconds or until the oil life starts to blink.
  • Release the button, then immediately press and hold it again for about 5 seconds.
  • You should see the oil life return to 100%.
In less than a minute, you can reset the oil life to 100% so you always know when to get an oil change in the future. If you take just one more minute, you can also save money on your car insurance by using the Jerry app.
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Eric Schad
Answered on Dec 29, 2021
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