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    Reset the 'Service Now' message

    I have a 2008 VW Passat 2.0T. Does anyone know how to reset the 'Service Now' message that comes up when I start the car? I just had the oil changed by a local mechanic who doesn't know how to reset this on a 2008 Passat?

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    Did you read the owner's manual? Don't know if it's in there, but worth reading thru anyways.

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    Nothing in there because they want you to go to a Dealership for the oil change.

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    This apparantly works on 2007 Passats. I'll give it a try on my 2008.

    With the key sitting in the ignition but NOT on (not even accessories...the key is in in there but literally just about to fall out) push and hold the wrench button. Count 5 seconds, start the car while still pushing the wrench button and then push the min button on your clock. You must be holding the wrench button and the min button at the same time to reset the service message. To test if you've reset properly, turn the car off and start it again. If you've reset properly the 'SERVICE NOW' will not appear and is automatically reset for 5k miles.

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    Dang. My A4 is pretty easy, just press the wrench for a few secs (no messing with keys) and it resets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry K View Post
    This apparantly works on 2007 Passats. I'll give it a try on my 2008.

    With the key sitting in the ignition but NOT on (not even accessories...the key is in in there but literally just about to fall out) push and hold the wrench button. Count 5 seconds, start the car while still pushing the wrench button and then immediately push the min button on your clock. You must be holding the wrench button and the min button at the same time to reset the service message. To test if you've reset properly, turn the car off and start it again. If you've reset properly the 'SERVICE NOW' will not appear and is automatically reset for 5k miles.
    I just did this on my 2008 Passat and it worked perfectly. If you hit the 'min' button quickly enough after starting the car, the 'Service Now' message never appears and it is reset for 5k miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry K View Post
    by a local mechanic who doesn't know how to reset this on a 2008 Passat?
    this would severely worry me.

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    An oil change is just that. As long as you're adding the correct synthetic oil to the vehicle, why pay Dealership prices? My Dealership charges $75 for an oil change on the Passat. The guy I use uses the same oil and charges $50. He just didn't know how to reset the 'Service Now' sensor to 5k from now.

    If you went to Jiffy Lube, they wouldn't know either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry K View Post
    why pay Dealership prices?
    I am not advocating that. To me a sign of a competent indy mechanic would be to know how to reset the light. If he can't do something that simple, are you going to trust him doing a timing belt. In the end, to each his/her own.

    my .02
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    For any kind of maintenance, I go to my Dealership. For an oil change, I don't.

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    Props to Terry K for the correct steps, but you dont have to start your car. After holding the wrench button for the 5 seconds push your key in until all the dash lights come on. when the "service now" appears push the min button. Thanks again Terry K, the light has been on for MONTHS

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    car shut off

    so today my 2002 passat shut off on me while i was driving... it starts up butwont stay on for more than a few seconds. all the electrical works, hazard lights, signals, and stereo, the car just wont stay on. anyone experience anything like this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arteveli View Post
    so today my 2002 passat shut off on me while i was driving... it starts up butwont stay on for more than a few seconds. all the electrical works, hazard lights, signals, and stereo, the car just wont stay on. anyone experience anything like this?
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    Gave it a try & no joy. Gonna keep lookin' for more tricks.

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    JPoff219 - Worked great! How do you adjust or know that it will alarm the next 5,000 miles?

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    Hi

    I am new on the forum here, i read my manual but is not indicated anywhere how to reset The (Service Light Indicator) I have a 2012 passat SE with 5 speed manual transmision. Any input appreciated.

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    Have a 2010 2.0T, how do I reset the "Service Now" message. Don't have or can't find the wrench button or min button.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdb13 View Post
    Have a 2010 2.0T, how do I reset the "Service Now" message. Don't have or can't find the wrench button or min button.
    When push comes to shove, read the Owners Manual, its in there. The Main Menu has a Service sub section which is used to reset the Service Interval

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    Thank you...this worked great on my 2008 Passat.

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    THANK YOU JESUS!!! This has been driving me NUTS!!! It's defiantly not in the service manual or on the computer system that my Lube place has!! Worked on my 2008 Passat 2.0T. Thanks so much!

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