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Hello folks and thanks in advance for all the wisdom on this forum. I bought this 2014 TDI or year ago. It had 36,000 miles on it. I changed the oil at 40,000 miles with Total from IDparts. At 50,000 I changed again with liquiMolyfrom FCPEuro. I’m now at 55,000 miles, and a few weeks ago I got the alert that service was needed in whatever number of days and miles. Can I reset this myself without a VAG-COM? I have a deep distrust for dealerships and their service departments. I wish it wasn’t that way but they did it to themselves. I do all the work on my vehicles and prefer it that way. Thanks again!
 

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The 2-year/20,000 mile Inspection service is more than just an oil change - I believe a dealer or VCDS is needed to reset that counter - the user can reset the Oil Change counter.
 

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My 2016 Touareg has a choice of two regimes - Flexible Servicing is "up to" 2 years/20,000 miles dependent on driving conditions, so typically every 15,000-18,000 miles - Fixed Time/Mileage Servicing is an oil change every 1 year/10,000 miles with an Inspection every 2 years/20,000 miles - the latter is recommended for "keepers"
 

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Got it, Black Grouse. Is it necessary to take it to be serviced? What is involved in this service? According to my service manual, 50k is quite comprehensive but as I stated, i did the necessary filter replacements and inspected everything else for integrity. As an example of the dealership service crew incompetence, the last time I took my car (not a Touareg) to be serviced for a recall fix, the mechanics literally ruined my cars engine and the car had to be sold. I don’t trust most mechanics farther than I can throw them!
 

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So I did some digging around in other places, tried a few things on my own. There are 2 types of service: interval service and inspection service. Using the touchpad I can reset my interval service but not inspection service, and this is where the car owner has a choice of bringing it to some schmuck to get squared away, or spending $$$ on a vcds. Tally-ho!
 

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If you are keen on doing your own maintenance you need VCDS from Ross Tech.
 

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FYI - If you only need a cheap reset tool - check Amazon for XTool's VAG401. It will reset the small and big service interval to the odometer set points you want. Cheap - under $65.
 

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So I did some digging around in other places, tried a few things on my own. There are 2 types of service: interval service and inspection service. Using the touchpad I can reset my interval service but not inspection service, and this is where the car owner has a choice of bringing it to some schmuck to get squared away, or spending $$$ on a vcds. Tally-ho!

VCDS isn't mega-bucks - and essential if you do your own maintenance - it's about the cost of one dealer service. I have VCDS despite no longer doing my own servicing as I'm too old now to get down and dirty, at least I can do my own diagnostics if faults arise.
 

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On our 11 VR6 the "wrench" and "Service Now" is a 40K interval setting that I have had reset at the dealer, even though I have a Ross-Tech cable I have not tried this reset myself.


Dealer will give you a ton of BS as to all the things that are required at the 40K intervals that end up costing over $500 but I have negotiated this down last time (80K) to 1 hour of Labor because tech has to bring vehicle into his service area, hook into ECU with their computer, supposedly run a full diagnostic check and then reset for another 40K interval. Supposedly the ECU scan gets uploaded to VW and recorded in the VIN service record.


I am sure this takes the tech no more than 1/2 hour but I am ok with paying them the hour and VW knowing all is good with the Touareg.


FWIW there are different procedures for resetting the inspection service in VW's and Audi's with Ross-Tech software depending on the vehicle, if anyone has the step by step procedure for the T3 and would like to share I would be interested in doing next reset my self as our Touareg is within 1K miles of this currently.
 

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To be honest, I don't know exactly what the factory requires at their intervals (lots of "inspect brakes" "inspect exhaust" stuff), but what sticks in my mind is:

Every 10,000 miles: Oil and filter change
Every 20,000 miles: Add an air filter, cabin filter, and fuel filter. I'm sure there is a lubrication part to it as well (sunroof, door hinges)
At 3 years, and every 2 thereafter: Brake Fluid Change
My own maintenance additions, not on an OEM interval: Coolant and transmission fluid every 100,000 miles.

To be done by the book, your fuel filter should be purged of air when you change that. If you are resourceful enough, you could do it without VCDS using a 12V battery and jumper wires to the lift pump. I'd bet most dealer techs don't bother with it, but it's your car and it is supposed to protect the high pressure fuel pump. I use VCDS to prime the fuel system as well as reset the 20,000 mile interval.

Reset procedure: VW Touareg (7P) Instrument Cluster - Ross-Tech Wiki
 

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Buckwheat, have you used the procedure in the Ross-Tech Wiki to reset the 40K Service Reminder ?


I think that is for resetting the oil change reminder ?
 

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The distance and time intervals are the ones that trigger every 20,000 miles which I have only been able to reset using VCDS. The oil change interval can be reset by the infotainment center.
 

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Using VCDS you can alter both the time and distance settings so that you are warned less frequently.... this is useful when you do your own wrenching and don't need the constant reminders of inspections.... or if you want to alter your oil\filter changes, etc.
 

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UPDATE: Using my Ross-Tech cable and the Ross-Tech Wiki from link above I was able to reset the Inspection Service reminder to a fresh 40K without going to the VW Dealer Service Department.


Another reason why having a Ross-Tech cable and their VCDS software is a MUST if you own a VW or Audi vehicle !
 

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I followed everyone’s advice and got a cable from Ross Tech. Following the directions above I was able to reset the service reminder. I appreciate the help!
 
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