VW Golf Service Light Reset

//VW Golf Service Light Reset

VW Golf Service Light Reset

The following procedure is for VW Golf MK4 owners.

If your car Has been serviced and not had the Service indicator reset


Sitting in the drivers seat key out of the ignition.

Press and hold the trip meter button using your left hand (this makes the next steps easier)

Insert key and turn ignition to position II this is where the dash lights come on but before the car starts

The display will show “service now” or”- – -“.

Release trip meter button then turn clock adjuster to the right.

Release clock adjuster.

Turn ignition off.

Turn ignition to position II this is where the dash lights come on but before the car starts.

VW use a couple of different dash varients and i will be posting more as i get time.


Please note this procedure should only be used after you car has been serviced and would qeustion any company who is unable to reset the

service/oil light either using diagnostic equipment or using this method after they have have serviced a vehicIe.






By |2012-01-04T13:42:07+00:00November 30th, 2011|Service Light Reset|18 Comments

About the Author:

+richard pearce is a mobile car mechanic based in sittingbourne kent


  1. Derrick Catchpole October 8, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for the simple instructions for resetting my Golf V5…… SERVICE NOW dashboard reminder, they were so simple to follow. On my model I chose the 2 year service arrangement but they always tried to force me into the I year option, so never inserted the 2 year reminder. Thanks again.

    • admin October 12, 2015 at 8:26 am - Reply

      Thank you for looking at the web site, I am glad the information proved of use to you.

    • Avril Robinson June 30, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

      Thankyou thankyou thankyou! Just paid out for a duel mass conversion and car started beeping on ignititon. Would have been sooo annoyed if it had something else broken

      • admin July 1, 2017 at 6:08 am - Reply

        Hi Avril,
        Glad this has helped you out.

  2. john worrall April 6, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    had service now light on for months after servicing my golf myself this info worked a treat all clear now

    • admin April 16, 2015 at 6:22 am - Reply

      Hello John.
      Thank you for commenting,
      I am glad the information has been useful to you.

      R Pearce

  3. Adam December 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    This helped out one of my customers.
    Thanks for the post

  4. Shah December 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Hi, my golf’s trip button is faulty so nothing happens when press it, it doesn’t reset the trip numbers either. Any other way to reset the service light without using the trip button? Thanks

    • admin December 8, 2013 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      The only way to reset it will be through the diagnostic sockket with the appropriate tool.

      Thank you for looking at the site.

  5. Car Parts Preston August 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Thank you – We deal with scrap car salvage as well. I tried this in a salvageable vehicle and it saved me both time and money, which is important. Good advice to doubt a garage that cannot deal with this post service but the real victory is in saving the time and money with having someone deal with it at your premises or having to take the vehicle in to someone to deal with it.

    • admin August 10, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you for the reply, I am glad you found the blog useful.

      R Pearce

  6. thomas burt April 22, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

    thank you thats the service light out very helpfull.

  7. Cleber March 28, 2013 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Hi, I’ve got Golf 2001 automatic and it doens’t work do you have any more ideas?
    Many thanks.

    • admin March 29, 2013 at 11:22 am - Reply

      I am afraid that I would need a lot more information i.e. engine size and nature of problem before I am able to help.

      Thank you

      • Cleber April 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm - Reply

        Hi, is Golf MK4 1.6 2001 automatic I’ve done all service but is still on (service now) on the dash.

        • admin April 17, 2013 at 4:14 am - Reply

          Try the procedure again it should work

  8. John Paul@Utah Trucks May 21, 2012 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Nice procedure, It really helps me a lot, Thanks for posting, this is a great help.

    Car Parts

    • admin May 21, 2012 at 8:16 am - Reply

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, I am glad this may prove useful to you.

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