Thursday, August 02, 2007

Audi A6 - Reset the "Service!" Light

I don't take my car to the dealer unless I absolutely have exhausted all other options. I do minor maintenance myself and get the oil changed at regular intervals. The problem is that my car's idiot light, actually an LED display, has been telling me "Service!" is required.

Here is a simple procedure to reset the service countdown clock that actually worked. I found it after searching some forums such as Audi World. Many of the forums listed it with not quite proper English so it took me a few minutes of playing around to actually get it to work on my 2000 Audi A6 2.7T.

Here it is as clear as I can make it:
0. Display reads "Service!" when you first start the car.
1. With the ignition key in the off position, push and hold the right button under the speedometer. This is the button you use to reset the trip odometer also.
2. Turn the ignition key to the on position, but don't start the engine. Keep holding down the right button while you turn the key.
3. Push the left button under the tachometer. Your service light should reset to say something like "Service in 8100 miles."

Some geniuses are selling these instructions on ebay for a couple of dollars. I say best of luck to them! Maybe I can make a few bucks that way!

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to post this (worked perfectly)

Marshall said...

You da MAN! I am selling my Audi and that light randomly came on probably 40 miles ago. Saved me some hassles. I would LOVE to donate you a dollar... Follow up if you actually want me to. Paypal or something? For real. This is awesome.

Anonymous said...

THANK YOU!
Worked like a charm after the oil change guys spent an hour trying to figure it out.
Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks a million for this. I just did exactly what you said and it worked perfectly. Stupid dealership had forgotten to do this and won't tell how to do it myself.
Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Thank You So Much!

Worked perfectly! Thanks for taking time and posting this. Helped me out alot!

Anonymous said...

thank you!! now if i could just get my abs and brake lights to go off... is there a reset for this??

mazuma said...

This worked for on my 1997 Audi A6 Quattro Wagon. I needed to do this many years ago and lived with the condition.

Many thanks!

Anonymous said...

You're great!! Worked perfectly, not even my garage could do this as they said that their machine was broken!!??

Many thanks from Dorset, England.

Anonymous said...

Worked like a champ! Thanks. From A6 2003. In Charleston South Carolina.

Anonymous said...

Your the man!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks !!!
2003 A6

Kulakevich said...

THANKS A LOT BRO GOD BLESS YOU THIS IS AWSOME JUST DID ON MY ALLROAD AND A6

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much , uve helped so many lost ppl with that info.

Jim said...

You are my new hero. Worked perfectly and took about 10 seconds.

Anonymous said...

WOHOO thank you... the info in the manual dident work but this did thx man

karl72 said...

Thanks a lot man,worked a treat,many many thanks

Jake Shell said...

Genius! Loads of forums say it can't be done but this works perfectly. Thanks a bunch.

Anonymous said...

bro that was awesome it took more time reading than actually reseting thanks for the post!

Anonymous said...

Thanks mate, just got my A6 back from garage and they "forgot" to reset clock and wanted me to drop it back in which is about 2 hour trip- now this is why I love the web and wonderful people like you! Greetings from Ireland :)

Anonymous said...

Perfect! Thanks a lot!
2000 A6 1.8T
Norway

Anonymous said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Job done simple, a big thanx.
2000 A6 2.4 Q
Sweden

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much, after trying numerous other processes, this was by far the simplest and the quickest AND save me a 20 mile round trip to the 'Audi fixers' I generally use. thanks again...