How to Reset Oil Life on Jeep Cherokee

How to Reset Oil Life on Jeep Cherokee? 5 easy steps!

If you’re a Jeep Cherokee owner, you must have an oil life reset system in your jeep, also called an oil change indicator system. Whenever you’re due for an oil change, your jeep will flash the sign and chime to let you know that it needs an oil change, along with a flashing message on the cluster screen. If you’re confused about how to reset oil life on Jeep Cherokee, but want to deal with the problem as well, stay tuned till the end of this article.

Realistically, you should perform scheduled maintenance before resetting oil change. The intervals may also fluctuate according to your driving style, since the system is duty-cycle based. We’ll tell you all about the steps to follow to reset oil life on your Jeep Cherokee, as well as how to properly follow the correct procedure.

How to Reset Oil Life on Jeep Cherokee?

Knowing when to change the oil in your car can be a tricky thing to figure out, if you’re too late the car engine will sustain some heavy damages, and if you’re too early, you’ll incur monetary losses.

The oil life monitor or indicator helps with that, by using sensors to tell you when your jeep is due for an oil change. There are various factors this system takes into account before making the analysis such as engine speed, temperature, and miles driven. By this system analysis, you get an accurate and convenient estimate of time oil changes for your Jeep Cherokee.

Before you start, you’ll need to know how the monitor works. It has sensors to monitor the aforementioned facts, as well as the control module to process information from those sensors to determine when an oil change is needed. The last component is the display, which indicates to you when there’s a need for oil change.

There are also a lot of benefits to resetting oil life for your Jeep Cherokee. It ensures that your Jeep has the updated information for future oil changes, and helps you keep a track of your oil changes at proper intervals. If you use a different type of oil, it also helps you reset the monitor to account for any changes affecting oil life.

How do I reset oil life on Jeep Cherokee after doing an oil change? The easiest way to reset oil life on Jeep Cherokee is to first put the key into RUN position without starting the engine, then go to the VEHICLE INFO, find OIL LIFE, hold down the OK button, and then restart the car. This should reset the oil change monitor to 100% and reboot the system.

To follow a step-by-step guide on how to reset oil life on Jeep Cherokee, read the rest of this article. This instruction manual is applicable to Jeep Cherokee models of 2014-2023, so make sure you have one of these before following the instructions.

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1. Put the key into RUN/ON position without turning on the engine

Press the ignition button by turning the START button on two times without pressing the brakes. Make sure you have the wireless key inside the ignition before pressing START. This will put your car on accessory and let your screen start up for what you need to do next.

For a practical guide and information on how you can start up your Jeep Cherokee without pressing the brake pedals to put the car on accessory and let everything including the screen/dashboard start up, watch this video.

2. Go to VEHICLE INFO in the instrument cluster display

Use the left hand side panel on the steering wheel with buttons named up, down, etc. You’ll be using the keyboard on the steering wheel for the other instructions as well, so make sure you familiarize yourself with how it works.

Next, focus your attention on the dashboard screen which may have the sign ‘OIL CHANGE REQUIRED’ written on it. This’ll need to be reset after the oil change and maintenance is done.

Scroll down while keeping your eyes on the left side of the dashboard screen. Keep scrolling downwards using the keypad until you see the car icon, also known as VEHICLE INFO.

3. Find the option OIL LIFE and click it

Depending on what monitor you’re on, you’ll then need to press left or right keys on the steering panel to see the OIL LIFE. Once you land on the screen which shows you the Jeep’s oil life, it’ll either show you one of the two things; a percentage of how much your oil life is (e.g. 0%, 30%).

4. Press and hold the OK button

The instructions on the middle panel should tell you to hold down the OK button to reset oil life, and that’s exactly what you’re going to do. Hold the button OK on the steering keypad for a few seconds until the OIL LIFE monitor displays a 100%. This will reset your oil life monitor and give the system the indication that the oil has been changed.

If the percentage remains the same, try repeating the steps again until it does.

5. Restart your jeep to check the changes

To make sure that the indicator/monitor has been reset. Turn the ignition off and restart your car to look at the OIL LIFE monitor again for the percentage display. If the display is 100%, you’re good to go, and you don’t have to worry about your car’s oil change for a while.

Summary

For Jeep Cherokee owners, the indication system of oil change can be both a convenience and a hassle – a convenience in the sense that they won’t need to figure out themselves if their car needs an oil change. The vehicle will tell them by itself.

However, after you do the oil change, you must remember to reset the monitor to make sure that the system knows the oil has been changed and it updates to new information, making sure your engine stays undamaged.

FAQs

Why does my oil life not automatically reset after oil change?

This might be because you used a different oil than you did before in your vehicle. In this case, you’ll need to manually reset the oil life to show that the oil life is 100% and that the oil has been changed.

What happens if I don’t reset the oil life monitor?

If you don’t reset the monitor after a routine oil change, not only does it lead to misleading information for your vehicle’s system, it may damage the future accuracy of your system as well as its performance.

How Often Should I Change the Oil in My Jeep Cherokee? 

The recommended oil change interval for a Jeep Cherokee is typically every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or every six months. Of course, the latter may vary depending on your driving habits and conditions. Therefore, it’s essential to consult the owner’s manual or a reputable mechanic for a more specific time frame based on your car’s circumstances. 

Will Resetting The Oil Life on My Jeep Cherokee Affect The Warranty? 

No, resetting the oil life on your Jeep Cherokee won’t affect the warranty. Still, it’s best to follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. 

For a visual guide on how to reset oil life on Jeep Cherokee, watch the following video:

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