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    Service light reset?

    I have a 2001 B5.5 1.8T Passat. I've just done an oil and filter change and I'm now trying to reset the "Service Now" message which appears in the red display in the centre of the instrument cluster when I turn on the ignition. (It clears itself after about ten seconds). To reset this the handbook says "With the ignition off press and hold the trip meter reset button" - (and) - "Turn the knob to reset the minutes on the digital clock to the right."
    "The display will then return to normal."

    I must be missing something here because all that happens with mine is that the trip resets to zero. The "Service Now" message still appears when I turn on the ignition. I've tried it various ways but it makes no difference. (Holding buttons down for ages, doing one before the other, releasing one before the other etc etc.
    Can anyone help? What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks in advance,
    Pugwash.

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    Bump... I wanna know too.

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    Pugwash, the reset button you dealed with is only for trip reset and clock adjustment. To get off the "SERVICE NOW" sign you have to visit a dealer to reset it. They will plug in their com to your car and adjust the next mileage for servicing. Yeah.. its stupid but that the only way how they do bussiness. So visit a VW dealer and PAY!! for problem lost. I HATE VW SERVICE centre but thats the only place where they make you go.

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    Does that mean that even VAG-com cannot clear this?

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    VW Dealer visit

    Thanks for that. However, it does actually say how to do this in the handbook and these are the instructions which I followed. OK, so I know it didn't work, but why do they put it in the handbook if it doesn't work?
    It's in Section 3.1 (Controls and Equipment) Page 12. (Your handbook maybe different I guess)
    Regards,
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    You can reset it manually, see this thread for details. We had a good debate about the various methods but it would appear the only one that worked was the one near the end.

    Resetting Service Light

    Hope this helps

    Sam

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    hi pugwash.
    i too cannot re-set my service light how it says in the manual.have a look here-http://www.passatworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=197179
    there seem some that can,some can't
    maybe its my aftermarket sterio?i know they can interfere with diagnostics....just a thought.it seems if you reset the service interval to o,then obvoiusly the car will think it needs a service.i think thats what i must have done.
    heres the manual;

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    did ya get it?

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    Done it!

    Thanks guys. With your help I've managed to reset the "Service Now" light.

    I did this:

    Ignition Off
    Press in and hold trip reset button.
    Turn Ignition On
    Turn clock set button to right
    Let go of clock button and turn ignition off
    Let go of trip button.

    I then turned on the ignition and - no "Service Now" light!

    Yippee!!

    Thanks for all the help.
    Much appreciated.
    Pugwash
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugwash
    Thanks guys. With your help I've managed to reset the "Service Now" light.

    I did this:

    Ignition Off
    Press in and hold trip reset button.
    Turn Ignition On
    Turn clock set button to right
    Let go of clock button and turn ignition off
    Let go of trip button.

    I then turned on the ignition and - no "Service Now" light!

    Yippee!!

    Thanks for all the help.
    Much appreciated.
    Pugwash
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    GREAT! I'm gonna mark this so i can find later:
    nstabl service now light on off no turn wont won't

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    I have successfully just reset my "OIL" and "INSP" warning on my Passat B5 1.8T 1998 with the following procedure.

    To reset OIL warning:

    1. Shut all doors (I don't know why but it doesn't work with the doors open)
    2. Press and hold "mile reset button"
    3. Turn ignition key on without starting the engine
    4. Release "mile reset button" (OIL will be displayed)
    5. Turn the "clock adjustment button" clockwise
    ---- will be displayed

    JOB DONE!

    To reset INSP warning:
    1. Shut all doors (once again, I don't know why)
    2. Press and hold "mile reset button"
    3. Turn ignition key on without starting the engine
    4. Release "mile reset button" (OIL will be displayed)
    5. Press "mile reset button" once (INSP will be displayed)
    6. Turn the "clock adjustment button" clockwise
    ---- will be displayed

    JOB DONE!

    I was successful after a few trial, partly following the Haynes instructions (which do not work)

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    Not to sound like an idiot, but is this on this car and older ones only, non-US spec'd cars? I have an 02 and I have never seen this. Maybe mine is turned off (not that I give a rats ass, I can do my own math).


    Inquiring minds and all that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithermadness View Post
    Not to sound like an idiot, but is this on this car and older ones only, non-US spec'd cars? I have an 02 and I have never seen this. Maybe mine is turned off (not that I give a rats ass, I can do my own math).
    Inquiring minds and all that...
    Yes, this is for Euro spec'd cars with variable service interval indicator. The service intervals are based on variety of factors in addition to mileage and elapsed time which maximize the lifespan of oil and everything else. These are much better than fixed service intervals used on US Passat's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yrwei52 View Post
    Yes, this is for Euro spec'd cars with variable service interval indicator. The service intervals are based on variety of factors in addition to mileage and elapsed time which maximize the lifespan of oil and everything else. These are much better than fixed service intervals.
    I think I like my memory and my odometer better.

    Thx for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithermadness View Post
    I think I like my memory and my odometer better.

    Thx for the reply.
    You can’t escape it. Many new cars, especially Euro’s, now come with variable service interval indicator. The OCI can be as long as 18,750 miles or 2 years. Of course the oil used needs to meet long-life specifications such as BMW Longlife-04 and VW 504 00.

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    My 2010 A3 has one that can only be turned off by the Dealer...grrr....hope VAG.COM gets it soon!

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