Do you have a Jeep Renegade and the oil light has issues? Don’t worry. This is very common, and today we are going to show you what to do to reset the oil light on the Jeep Renegade.
Also, you need to know why this happens. That way you can prevent it from happening.
Causes Of Low Oil Pressure On The Jeep Renegade
Many things can cause the oil light to activate. Below, we included the most common causes:
The number one reason that the oil light keeps activating would be a lack of oil. What you have to do is check your engine oil level. If the engine oil level appears to be empty or low, you will need to fill it back up.
Don’t drive the vehicle with low engine oil to a car shop. Driving without the right amount of oil can be dangerous for the car.
Bad oil pump
An oil pump is responsible for taking the oil from the pan and pumping it through the Jeep’s engine. When it starts wearing out, its ability to pump oil will decrease. There is a screen in most oil pumps that prevents large debris from passing.
However, enough debris can enter the pump to damage the pump’s capacity.
Air in oil
If the oil level is lower in the pan than it should be, air can enter the oil pump and aerate the oil. This same problem can occur when there is too much oil. Check the oil level and make sure it’s alright.
Engines can last many years, but those that run long enough without regular oil change will get dirty on the inside, and this could lead to an engine malfunction. The oil itself could be so dirty that it won’t longer cycle through the engine the way it used to, which causes low oil pressure.
If you don’t know when your Renegade’s oil was changed, you can always change it by yourself to solve the problem.
Pick up tube
Your Renegade has a tube that takes the oil from the pan and into the oil pump, which is called the pickup tube. That tube can fall out, and this will cause no oil to get to the oil pump.
Clogged oil filter
Most modern engines need a bypass valve to keep oil flowing to the engine even when the engine is blocked. This valve is activated when there is too much resistance coming from the oil filter.
However, the valve can allow a limited amount of oil through before triggering the oil light.
Ways To Reset Oil Light On The Jeep Renegade
Many Jeep vehicles track the intervals between oil changes to let drivers know when the next change is required. A light illuminates the control panel when the internal system determines it’s time for another oil change.
The procedure to reset the oil light on a Jeep Renegade is:
- Turn the ignition switch to the ON position. Make sure you don’t start the engine.
- Press the accelerator as hard as you can to the floor slowly 3 times within a 10-second span.
- Now, turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
- Turn the ignition switch to the ON position once more. The oil light should be off.
- If the oil light still lights up, repeat the previous steps.
Most Jeep mechanics include resetting the oil light as part of their services. If you change the oil by yourself, you can manually reset the light. By doing so, the system will be able to track the time until the next oil change is required.
How To Change The Oil On A Jeep Renegade?
Now that you know how to reset the oil light, you need to know how to change your Jeep’s oil. You shouldn’t reset the light without servicing the vehicle, as you are risking the engine.
Jeep Renegades use synthetic oil in their systems, but we recommend you check the owner’s manual or the oil cap located on the engine to find the right type of oil. Among the most commonly used oil types, there are:
- Full-synthetic 0W-20, 10W-30, 5W-40.
You will need an oil drain pan, as oil is one of the most toxic wastes and it needs to be collected. Keep in mind that oil is held back by one nut on the oil sump.
If you don’t want to change the oil filter, you will only need one wrench to unscrew the nut. Our recommendation is to replace the oil filter and the air filter. Renegades are tall vehicles, you will most likely get beneath the engine without a car lift.
Wear old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, and don’t forget to put on a pair of rubber gloves. The steps of changing the oil are:
You want the oil warm enough to flow easier.
- Put on the gloves and place the oil drain pan underneath the oil sump.
- Use a wrench to unscrew the nut. Don’t worry if it drops into the drain pan, just make sure you don’t get oil on yourself.
- Use the oil filter wrench to unscrew the old oil filter.
- Put the new filter in.
- Screw in the oil sump nut.
- Open the hood and unscrew the oil cap.
- Pour the recommended amount of oil and then close the cap.
- Let the engine run for at least 30 seconds.
- Check the oil levels and add more if you need to.
- Pull out the oil drain pan.
- Use the handle as the funnel to pour the oil back into the container.
- Take those containers to a recycling facility.
When it comes to changing the oil in Renegade, you should do it once the car reaches 3,000 to 5,000 miles. For the best figure, you can always check the owner’s manual.