How to Reset Maintenance Light on Toyota Models

March 3rd, 2019 by

How to Reset Maintenance Light on Toyota Models

Routine servicing keeps your car healthy. And everyone knows that an oil change is the most important service you can perform to prevent engine problems and keep your car running strong and efficient. You’ve just spent an afternoon changing the engine oil and filter on your older Toyota, or maybe you’ve gone to a corner shop for a quick oil, lube, and filter change. But as you drive away, that annoying “MAINT REQ’D” light continues to glare at you from the dashboard. You should’ve checked the owners manual for how to reset maintenance light on Toyota models.
The good news: it’s easy to reset the “MAINT REQ’D” light for most Toyota models. But it’s impossible if you don’t know the procedure to do it. Here’s a step-by-step method to reset maintenance light on Toyotas.

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Turn the ignition on

Flick the ignition key to the on position, but don’t start the engine. On the instrument cluster, ensure the Trip A odometer is displayed.

Turn the ignition off

Simply turn the ignition key back to the off position. To reset the MAINT REQ’D light, the ignition key must be in the off position.

Press the odometer reset button

It’s that little black button beside the odometer window on the cluster. Press and hold the odometer reset button. Preferably, hold it with your left hand, otherwise the next step could get awkward like a game of Twister.

Turn the ignition key on

Again, turn the ignition key to the on position. Don’t start the engine or turn the key that far. As you hold the button, a line of dashes appear on the odometer window, disappearing one by one. A series of zeroes will not appear. Hold the button until all the zeroes disappear and the odometer reading reappears.

The maintenance required warning indicator will now be cleared. Sometimes, it takes a few tries to get it right.

If you don’t want to worry about resetting the MAINT REQ’D light on your own, or changing the oil yourself for that matter, let us do it for you. Jay Wolfe Toyota of West County performs reliable vehicle maintenance by factory-trained professionals who will always reset your oil change reminder without you having to ask.

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