How to Reset Ford Transit Oil Light

To rest your Ford Transit oil light, turn the ignition on without starting the engine to start resetting. Then press both the accelerator and brake pedals down all of the way for about 25 seconds. After 25 to 30 seconds, the reset should be complete, and the light should disappear completely. 

If your oil light is on even though your oil pressure is correct, you may need to reset it. This sometimes happens as the icon is frozen up there even if you have already fixed the oil pressure. 

If this is the case, the best way to remove the light is to reset the oil light and start fresh. This will remove the light so that you can know the next time your oil pressure is too low. 


25 Second Oil Light Reset 

You may be surprised at just how easy it is to reset your Ford Transit fuel light at home without any help. It is one of the easiest vehicle maintenance things that you can do. 

It is also a very fast process that will help you remove that annoying light icon as well as reset the system. So that it will show up correctly next time your oil pressure is low in your vehicle. 


Turn on the Ignition 

Start this resetting process by turning on the ignition in your Ford Transit; make sure to do so without turning on the engine itself. 


Press the Pedals and Hold 

With the ignition on and the engine off, press both the accelerator and pedals all the way down together. Continue to hold them down for 25 to 30 seconds, after that amount of time, the light should switch off. 

This should not only remove the icon from your dashboard but reset the system as well. 


Some Ford Transit Models May be Different 

Depending on your model of Ford Transit vehicle, the method you use to get your oil light to reset may be different. This is because all of these models are made slightly differently and may require a different technique. 


2018 Ford Transit 

With a 2018 model of Ford Transit, the method used to reset the oil light is very easy and similar to the above method. 

All you need to do is push the start option and hold the button down while pushing the gas and brake pedal down simultaneously. Do this for 20 to 30 seconds to reset the light. 


2019 Ford Transit 

To reset the oil light in a 2019 model of Ford Transit vehicle, start by turning off the ignition and closing the doors. Then switch the ignition setting to 2 and hold down the gas and brake pedals together. 

Continue pushing down the pedals for 20 to 30 seconds with the ignition turned to the 2 setting. This should reset the oil light in your vehicle. 


2020 Ford Transit 

To reset the oil light in a 2020 model of Ford Transit, start by switching the ignition to the RUN setting without starting the car. If your vehicle has push buttons, hold the start button down for two seconds without pressing the pedals. 

From there, hold down the brake and accelerator pedals simultaneously for about three seconds. After that time, the oil set message should display, and after 25 seconds, it should display a reset success alert. 

Once you get that alert, let the pedals go up, and the alert should disappear as well as the light icon. Rotate the key to the off position and restart your vehicle to make sure the icon is really gone. 


2021 Ford Transit 

To reset the oil light in a 2021 Ford Transit vehicle, all you have to do is use the very first method described earlier. 

That means you have to turn the ignition on without starting the vehicle then hold down the accelerator and brake pedals. Do this for 25 to 30 seconds to reset the oil light completely. 


The Light Will Come on if Engine Oil Pressure is Low 

You might find yourself wondering why the oil light even comes on if you aren’t familiar with how vehicles work.  

This is a safety feature that turns on when your engine suffers a drop in the oil pressure that needs to be addressed. Without enough oil pressure, the engine will not be able to lubricate itself. 

This is very important as the engine requires lubrication to run; without it, it could seize or stop working suddenly. This could cause a major accident if it happens while you are driving. 

Because this is such an important function, a light icon will turn on when you have a drop in oil pressure, alerting you to address the issue.  

If you see that your oil pressure has dropped, you should immediately take your Ford Transit to an automotive place or repair shop. There they can fix the issue quickly and get your vehicle in tip-top shape again. 

If left unaddressed, low pressure could wear away at your engine and cause it to break down. Resulting in a very costly repair job as well as danger to yourself and your vehicle while driving. 

If the oil pressure has dropped considerably, you should turn off the van engine as soon as it is safe to do so and turn off the engine. This is because any engine running without oil will quickly seize up.  

A seized-up engine can be very expensive to repair; you may even need a new engine block. 


Causes of Low Oil Pressure 

Now that you know how to fix the oil pressure light, here are some common reasons why you might experience low oil pressure. 

By knowing what causes this issue, you can actively try to prevent it and keep your vehicle in tip-top shape. 


Low Oil Level 

One of the most common causes of low oil pressure is the oil level dropping too low. This can happen when your vehicle is getting older as older engines burn through more oil. 

Another cause could be that you actually have an oil leak, this can quickly begin to deplete your oil pressure. If you notice the oil pressure dropping very quickly, this is probably the cause. 


Blocked Oil Filter 

The oil filter is prone to collecting different types of debris; this is because it’s where the oil is filtered after going through the pump. As this buildup of debris grows, it can start to hinder its ability to work. 

This can result in a blockage that traps the oil and gives your vehicle low oil pressure alerts. When this becomes an issue, the pressure relief valve will usually begin to let the oil through. 


Worn Out Pump 

A worn-out oil pump is unable to generate the necessary pressure because of internal leaks. You will know that this is the case if the oil level on the dipstick is between ADD and FULL, but the engine is running noisily. 

If this is the issue, you will need to replace the oil pump. 


Weak Or Dirty Oil Pressure Valve 

The pressure valve is there to protect your engine from being flooded with too much oil at too great a pressure. The valve will open and close as needed to keep everything operating normally. 

If this valve becomes weak or dirty with a build-up of debris, it can stop closing and opening. This can result in damage to your engine or low pressure. 


Oil Viscosity 

If your oil pressure is reading as low, the viscosity of your oil might not be right for your engine. This kind of issue can cause you to get a low oil pressure reading. 

It is important to read your vehicle’s manual to identify the right kind of oil for your vehicle. 


Worn Engine Bearings 

If you have looked into all other possible causes for low pressure, it might come down to your engine being worn out. This is the last cause that you would want as it can be a serious problem that can be very expensive to fix. 

The bearings are especially prone to wear and can cause a drop in pressure if they are becoming too worn out to work properly. The best way to avoid this issue is to be actively taking care of your vehicle and maintaining its quality. 


It Can be Fixed at a Car Repair Place 

If you have addressed the low oil pressure, but the light will not go away, you could always take your vehicle to a car repair shop. This is an easy fix that many will do free of charge. 

But because this is such a simple fix, it makes much more sense to just do it yourself. 

If your oil pressure is too low and needs to be fixed, however, this is something that professionals should do. You can do this yourself, but it is very complicated and takes knowledge of vehicles that not everyone has. 

When changing the oil pressure yourself, you could risk doing it the wrong way and damaging something. Or not entirely fixing the issue, which is why it is best to leave this to the professionals. 

At a repair shop, they will change the oil and adjust the pressure to be where it is supposed to be. They can also fix any issue that might have caused the low oil pressure to begin with.