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post #1 of 6 Old 10-20-2014, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Maintenance Indicator Light....Oil Life?

I have a 2014 2.0l....Have 8900 KM on odometer......Sales guy tells me the oil life is monitored by the computer and will come on dash when its needs to be changed. However, the service dept. says it should be changed at 8000 KM.....

My Honda Civic has this feature and it works great. I can get 10,000 or 11,000 KM on an oil change and it pops up on dash....

So for the Escape - should I wait or should I just get it done anyway>?

Also is there a way to check this....? If I ask for a health report it just says all normal!
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post #2 of 6 Old 10-20-2014, 01:41 PM
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When I do the report it indicates the percentage of oil life left specifically, such as the most recent "34%." Nonetheless, I will go ahead and have it changed at 7,500 miles (which would be 12,000 KM) regardless of the report.

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Mine just came on a few weeks ago for the first oil change. It was somewhere around 10,200 miles. Brought it in for the oil change and the service manager said it wasn't unusual to have it go that many miles before having the oil-change light come on. I'll admit, I was getting nervous when it was approaching 10,000 miles.

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My Oil change has happened right before 5k on each run.. I had a trip to Texas on this oil change so at 17500 the oil change indicator is saying its time.. haven't had a 10k run on an oil change yet.. shrug..

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FYI excerpt from the Workshop Manual:

Oil Change Minder

The message center provides an oil change minder to inform the driver that an oil change is required. The duration of the interval between oil changes is calculated in the PCM and varies due to driving conditions. The PCM stores the oil life data in non-volatile RAM . If the battery is discharged, the PCM is disconnected, reflashed or the Keep Alive Memory (KAM) is reset, the oil life settings remain in the PCM and display the remaining oil life once the vehicle is restored to normal operation. The PCM assumes a base mileage of 16,090 km (10,000 mi) or 1 year for normal driving. However, this number is adjusted down for conditions such as high engine temperature, high engine rpm, use of flex fuel and low oil level. The PCM calculates and provides an engine service indication message to the BCM . The BCM then provides the engine service indication message to the IPC .


Reset the Oil Change Indicator
1. Without starting the engine, place the ignition in RUN.
2. Simultaneously apply the accelerator and brake pedals and hold them in the fully applied position.
3. After 3 seconds, the message center displays SERVICE: OIL RESET IN PROG.
4. Continue to apply both the accelerator and brake pedals.
5. The SERVICE: OIL RESET IN PROG message disappears after 25 seconds and the SERVICE: OIL RESET COMPLETE is displayed.
6. Release both the accelerator and brake pedals.
7. Place the ignition in OFF.
8. The oil life reset procedure is complete.

Unfortunately as mentioned by bisjoe, the only way to get a 'progress report' of remaining oil life is to run a Vehicle Health Report and look at the details under oil life: the % is "remaining" oil life not "used" oil life ;-)

As for 'wait' or not ... most 'experts' say modern oils (e.g. meeting Ford Spec) are good for the distance and it's a waste of money/resources to change more often; some of us are more conservative (actually, more 'wasteful' according to the experts ;-) when it comes to the most precious bodily fluid in our FEs (with apology to General Jack D. Ripper).


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Thanks everyone....great info!
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