One of the things that your post office from people when I’m assisting them with their vehicles is something along the lines of, “My car used to do things this way but now it doesn’t anymore and I can’t get it to go back to the way it was.” This can happen for a number of reasons. It can be because something was changed when you or someone else was tinkering with the vehicle settings. It could be a button was pressed accidentally. No matter the reason, it’s still very frustrating to have your vehicle set up one way and then have that change on you one day for what appears to be no reason.
There is however a way to fix this, and this solution works on almost all vehicles with an infotainment screen. To make your vehicle’s electronics behave the way they did the day you took it home, simply go into your vehicle settings and choose to factory reset your infotainment system. This will revert all settings back to the way they were the day the car rolled off the assembly line. I need settings that were changed in a way that was inconvenient for you will all be put back to the way it was.
Now this setting option will be found in different places and can be called different things depending on the make and model of your vehicle. On the Chevy equinox from 2012 to 2017 this is found in the radio settings and is called Reset Radio. On the Toyota Entune system this is found under general settings and called “Delete Personal Data.” On current General Motors vehicles this can be found under the heading of “Settings” and then choosing “Vehicle” followed be “Factory Reset.” Ford’s Sync 3 system calls it “Master Reset.”
The beauty of your vehicle electronics is there are almost no moving parts associated with them. This means there is a very low chance of them wearing out and failing because of age. That means if something goes wrong or he ends up being different than it used to be it’s probably just a setting that got changed and can be restored with a reset. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was that easy to reset your engine back to the way it drove the day you took it home as opposed to the way it runs 200,000 miles later? If only it were that easy.
The downside here is the same as the upside; all of your personal data will be erased. That means you’ll have to reset your radio presets, change any specific settings that you liked that differed from the factory ones, and re-pair your Bluetooth phone. There’s also ends up being a benefit because sometimes a Bluetooth connection that is intermittent can benefit from a fresh connection.
This is also helpful for another reason. Knowing how to factory reset your vehicles radio is important for when your time with that your vehicle is up. It’s a wise idea to factory reset a radio before trading it in or selling it to another party. This will help secure any personal information stored in your vehicle and help protect your privacy.
Most people who spend their lives around technology and gadgets (such as myself) will tell you that factory resetting your electronics (cell phones, tablets, computers, etc) periodically over their lives goes along way toward keeping them from having problems and behaving slowly over time. The same is true for your car. You don’t need to reset your cars system, but it never hurts if you want to take things back to the way they were. The good old days.