Toyota Maintenance Required Light
This light comes on to remind you to change your oil. It comes on 5,000 miles after the last time it was reset.
It comes on strictly as a function of those miles-it has no way of knowing whether your oil has or hasn’t been changed in the interim-and it never, ever is an indication of something being wrong.
Sometimes shops neglect to reset the maintenance-required meter if the light doesn’t happen to be on yet when they are changing the oil. Many quick-lube shops simply don’t know how to reset it.
The maintenance-required light is easy to reset. On most Toyotas you simply:
- Turn the key to the on position.
- Determine that the odometer reading is displayed. (For some models, it’s the trip-meter “A” that you want to be displaying.)
- Turn the key back off.
- Push and hold the reset button for the trip meters. (Same button as used to navigate between the odometer and the two trip meters.)
- While continuing to depress the reset button, turn the key back to the “on” position, but not so far as the “start” position. The odometer display should come up with a series of dashes that disappear one by one. When they’ve all disappeared, a series of zeros will display. Continue holding the reset button until all of the zeros clear and the odometer (or trip meter “A”) reading returns.
The maintenance-required light should be off, and the vehicle will now be counting toward the next 5,000 interval, at which time it will turn on again.
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