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Old 01-19-2012, 09:33 PM   #1
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Oil life monitor

Does it just monitor your driving or is there an actual oil sensor?

Had my oil changed last month and the oil change reminder just popped up?

If no actual sensors, can I reset it myself?
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:56 PM   #2
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Was it reset when the oil was changed? Seems a bit soon to go off again.
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Old 01-19-2012, 10:50 PM   #3
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Was it reset when the oil was changed? Seems a bit soon to go off again.
I don't know. I am guessing it wasn't, been less than 1000 miles.

So either it wasn't reset or they didn't change the oil.
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Could have changed it and just not reset it. I would just reset it.
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If no actual sensors, can I reset it myself?
Yes. Reset with the controls on the left side LCD screen. You should select something less than 100% when you do the reset since you have driven about 1,000 miles already. I suggest 90%.

I also use the Trip 2 odo to keep track on miles driven on the oil change. After an oil change I make sure the oil life indicator has been reset to 100% and clear the trip 2 screen.

I am running full synthetic and changing at about the 7,000 miles mark. A little early. About 75% expired, or 25% remaining.
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Can someone verify that there is actually some sort of monitoring going on rather than a simple mileage-based indicator? Or is there some sort of vehicle use tracking/algorithm for determining oil life expectancy based upon severity of use (dusty, humid, short-trip, etc.)?
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Does it just monitor your driving or is there an actual oil sensor?

Had my oil changed last month and the oil change reminder just popped up?

If no actual sensors, can I reset it myself?
I believe that it monitors the type of driving you do to determine oil life. I do more short trips than highway type driving and according to another thread I saw on this, my oil life percentage per mileage driven was lower than what others were reporting.
In any case, I continue to change the oil as I always have with my past few vehicles. Every 6 months or 5000 miles, which ever comes first.




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I'm pretty sure it's some algorithm based on type of driving. I find it odd on my wife's edge that you have the option of resetting the oil life to increments of 5 on a percentage of life like 100, 95, 90, ect




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Could have changed it and just not reset it. I would just reset it.
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Yes. Reset with the controls on the left side LCD screen. You should select something less than 100% when you do the reset since you have driven about 1,000 miles already. I suggest 90%...
Hey everybody,

Thanks for explaining how to reset the oil life monitor. This is just another example of why this community is awesome.

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Can someone verify that there is actually some sort of monitoring going on rather than a simple mileage-based indicator? Or is there some sort of vehicle use tracking/algorithm for determining oil life expectancy based upon severity of use (dusty, humid, short-trip, etc.)?
The oil life monitor is based off the conditions the engine is driven under. Load, temperature, run time, etc... These all change how the oil breaks down. It all depends on the driving habits.

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thanks, I figured they forgot to reset it, used to happen all the time in my Silverado, but no adjustments - had to just turn the key on and off and floor the gas pedal several times and it reset.
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The oil life monitor is based off the conditions the engine is driven under. Load, temperature, run time, etc... These all change how the oil breaks down. It all depends on the driving habits.

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Cory - is there a way to tell how many miles are left before the "change oil soon" message appears? I get a little paranoid waiting on the message to appear and it would be great to see the oil life count down on occation.

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Cory - is there a way to tell how many miles are left before the "change oil soon" message appears? I get a little paranoid waiting on the message to appear and it would be great to see the oil life count down on occation.

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Welcome to the Forum Jim.
I assume Cory is taking a well deserved break today so I'll jump in with my opinion.
As far as I know, there is no way to know exactly how many miles are left before you have to change your oil. The change interval indicated in the book is 10,000 miles or when the monitor tells you. Since the type of driving and the conditions (dusty roads, towing) are taken into account by the computer, the actual interval may be shorter.
Everyone has their own opinion on the intervals and type of oil. I change mine every 5000 miles or 6 months whichever comes first.
If you use the 2nd trip counter as an indicator, you will get an approximation as to when you should get ready to take it in. Just zero it when you have the oil change done.

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Cory - is there a way to tell how many miles are left before the "change oil soon" message appears? I get a little paranoid waiting on the message to appear and it would be great to see the oil life count down on occation.

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Jim, As Peter replied, your Explorer's computer can not tell you how many "miles" you have left, but it can tell you how much "percent" you have left. That percent is of course assuming your driving style/location doesn't drastically change. You have to hit a few buttons on the left side of the steering wheel to find this info. Your manual tells you exactly how to do this.
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thanks, I figured they forgot to reset it, used to happen all the time in my Silverado, but no adjustments - had to just turn the key on and off and floor the gas pedal several times and it reset.
I’m sorry I missed your reply, Fredridge; I’m glad it was taken care of.

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Cory - is there a way to tell how many miles are left before the "change oil soon" message appears? I get a little paranoid waiting on the message to appear and it would be great to see the oil life count down on occation.

Best Regards,
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Jim,

Just like Peter and tucker_bmd mentioned, the oil change interval is tracked in your Explorer’s computer so let’s put the tin foil hat away. LOL JK The following details can be found on page 417 of the 2011MY Explorer Owner Guide 4th Printing:

“For your convenience, your vehicle is equipped with a message center which determines the proper oil change service interval. You should perform the engine oil change as indicated by the message center. The message center will display ENGINE OIL CHANGE SOON or OIL CHANGE REQUIRED to indicate when an oil change is needed. The engine oil change service needs to be completed within two weeks or 500 miles (800 km) after the OIL CHANGE REQUIRED message is displayed. Your oil change service interval can be up to one year or 10,000 miles (16,000 km). Reset your Intelligent Oil Life Monitor™ after each engine oil and filter change; refer to the Instrument Cluster chapter.

If your message center is prematurely reset or becomes inoperative, you should perform the oil change interval at six months or 5,000 miles (8,000 km) from your last oil change.”

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I assume Cory is taking a well deserved break today so I'll jump in with my opinion...
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Jim, As Peter replied, your Explorer's computer can not tell you how many "miles" you have left, but it can tell you how much "percent" you have left...
Peter & tucker_bmd,

Thanks a lot for taking the time to help; you rock!

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Welcome to the Forum Jim.
I assume Cory is taking a well deserved break today so I'll jump in with my opinion.
As far as I know, there is no way to know exactly how many miles are left before you have to change your oil. The change interval indicated in the book is 10,000 miles or when the monitor tells you. Since the type of driving and the conditions (dusty roads, towing) are taken into account by the computer, the actual interval may be shorter.
Everyone has their own opinion on the intervals and type of oil. I change mine every 5000 miles or 6 months whichever comes first.
If you use the 2nd trip counter as an indicator, you will get an approximation as to when you should get ready to take it in. Just zero it when you have the oil change done.

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Hi Peter,
I agree with most everything you stated here except the dusty road part. I do not believe the oil change calculation would have any input if you were driving in a "dusty" condition. maybe I missed something. Is there a dust sensor? Thanks for all your contributions to this forum, I've learned a lot from your posts!




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Hi Peter,
I agree with most everything you stated here except the dusty road part. I do not believe the oil change calculation would have any input if you were driving in a "dusty" condition. maybe I missed something. Is there a dust sensor? Thanks for all your contributions to this forum, I've learned a lot from your posts!
I try my best but even then make a 'whoops' every now and then. The 'dusty roads' part got mixed in because of what I read about various conditions affecting oil changes. If the vehicle is driven mainly on gravel or dusty roads, then it is recommended that the oil be changed every 5000 miles or 6 months. Thank for your kind words and I'm glad to help where I can. Even though I've had my Ex for almost 16 months, I'm still learning things. Drive safely.

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I agree with most everything you stated here except the dusty road part. I do not believe the oil change calculation would have any input if you were driving in a "dusty" condition. maybe I missed something. Is there a dust sensor? Thanks for all your contributions to this forum, I've learned a lot from your posts!
You’re right, ExploreThis2012; there’s no “dust sensor.” There’s a different maintenance schedule if you operate the vehicle in dusty conditions (such as unpaved or dusty roads). You can find a chart in the 2011MY Explorer Owner Guide 4th Printing on page 431.

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I try my best but even then make a 'whoops' every now and then. The 'dusty roads' part got mixed in because of what I read about various conditions affecting oil changes. If the vehicle is driven mainly on gravel or dusty roads, then it is recommended that the oil be changed every 5000 miles or 6 months...
Thanks for all your help, Peter! Cleaning the “dust sensor” is probably just as important as filling the “headlight fluid.” LOL JK

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You’re right, ExploreThis2012; there’s no “dust sensor.” There’s a different maintenance schedule if you operate the vehicle in dusty conditions (such as unpaved or dusty roads). You can find a chart in the 2011MY Explorer Owner Guide 4th Printing on page 431.

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That's not what I told a friend of mine last year. We were driving along on a nice sunny day when the wiper made a single pass. 'Why did it do that?" he asked. I told him that the 'dust sensor' will cause the wiper to come on every now and then to keep the windshield clean.
He was really impressed.
Obviously that was prior to have the random wipe TSB done.

The random wipe happened a couple of times after having the MFT upgrade done but has been okay the last couple of months. I have mentioned it to my dealer and said I would keep an eye on it.

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That's not what I told a friend of mine last year. We were driving along on a nice sunny day when the wiper made a single pass. 'Why did it do that?" he asked. I told him that the 'dust sensor' will cause the wiper to come on every now and then to keep the windshield clean.
He was really impressed.
Obviously that was prior to have the random wipe TSB done. ...
That’s really funny, Peter! Nice job on the quick wit.

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