2012-2022 Ford Explorer Oil Change Indicator Light Reset Guide

Last Updated on June 5, 2022 by Nick

The Ford Explorer is a sports utility vehicle of the American automaker, Ford. In Japan and the US, he was also sold as Mazda Navajo. So did you get an oil change indicator warning light on your Ford Explorer today?

If the engine oil life is less than 10%, the Change Engine Oil Soon Light will appear on the display. The engine oil life interval must be reset after performed the maintenance service on your vehicle. So let’s see what you have to do.

Ford Explorer Oil Change Indicator Light Reset Guide

Ford Explorer Oil Change Indicator Light Reset Guide

For your information, this operation work for the fifth and sixth generations of the Ford Explorer 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 model years).

For 2012-2019 Explorer

Time needed: 7 minutes

In this segment, I’ll be showing you how to perform the oil life reset procedure on the 2017 Ford Explorer by using the navigation keys and the ok button on the left-hand side of the steering wheel. Follow each of the following steps:

  1. Turn on the ignition without starting the engine

    If your vehicle has an ignition button, press the ENGINE START/STOP button without touching the brake pedal

  2. Go to the SETTINGS menu

    Press the left arrow once or twice to get you to the main menu. Once you’re there you’ll use the down arrow to go down to SETTINGS and then press OK to enter
    change engine oil life light reset

  3. Scroll and select CONVENIENCE or VEHICLE

    Once you’re into the settings menu then you’ll enter into the Convenience or Vehicle menu

  4. Select OIL LIFE RESET

    Press OK or the ► button to enter the sub-menu

  5. Push and hold the OK button

    Once you’re on the oil life screen you’ll hold the OK button to perform the reset

  6. Turn the ignition off and start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset


For 2020-2022 Explorer

Different from the previous generation, now the interfaces on these cars have changed a lot since the 2020 production, so a lot of the menu buttons have moved around and selections and everything progressed whatnot has changed. Let’s try to reset the oil life on the latest generation of Ford Explorer.

  • Turn on the car and make sure everything’s illuminated on the dash
  • Press the ☰ MENU button on the steering wheel
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  • Use the toggle to scroll down until you get to SETTINGS
  • Press the OK button to enter the menu
  • Find and select OIL LIFE in the settings menu
  • Hold down the OK button to perform the oil life reset

Alternate Method

If you have a Ford Explorer interceptor package and cannot reset the oil life using the above method. Maybe you need to try a method like the video below:

So that’s how you reset the oil life or oil change indicator light on a Ford Explorer. I hope this content was helpful and please don’t forget to share it. Thanks for reading and see y’all next time.

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