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2005 Ford Explorer xlt: message center..change read oil change

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I Have a 2005 Ford Explorer xlt the message center said that i needed an oil change. I took it to a place to get it done but the message center still reads change oil soon. before it read oil change is required. I called the company back to ask if maybe they didn''t put enough oil in my truck. They told me that they filled it up. could it be broken or could it be another problem?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  AlvinC replied 9 years ago.
Customer From your descritption it sounds like a very simple issue and that they did not reset your oil reminder. You will find the procedure to reset it in your owners manual. I hope this helps, if not let me know, Al
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to AlvinC's Post: I guess I forgot to mention I lost my manual. I was told however to turn the key, but not turn the vehicle on, and press the trip reset button, I heard a beep while doing this, but it still says, "low oil pressure, change oil soon". It hasn't reseted yet.
Expert:  AlvinC replied 8 years ago.
Customer Try this I hope it helps, Al


engine oil life remaining is 5 percent or less. When oil life left is between

5% and 0%, the CHANGE OIL SOON message will be displayed. When oil

life left reaches 0%, the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message will be


An oil change is required whenever indicated by the message center and

according to the recommended maintenance schedule. USE ONLY


To reset the oil monitoring system to 100% after each oil change

[approximately 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or 180 days] perform the


1. Press and release the SETUP

control to display "PRESS RESET


2. Press and release the RESET

control to display "HOLD RESET


2005 Explorer (exp)

Owners Guide (post-2002-fmt)

USA (fus)

Driver Controls


3. Press and hold the RESET

control for 2 seconds and release.

Oil life is set to 100% and "OIL LIFE

SET TO 100%" is displayed.

After you have done steps 1 through 3, you can reset the oil

monitoring system to your personalized oil life %:

4. Press RESET and SETUP

controls at the same time for 2

seconds, to activate a service mode

which will display "OIL LIFE XX%


5. Press RESET to decrement oil life by 10% down to 30% and back to


6. With your personalized OIL LIFE XX% displayed, press SETUP to

continue the system check.