One of the questions we’re often asked is how to reset or turn off the maintenance light. On a newer model Toyota, the maintenance light turns on every 5,000 miles to remind you of an oil change and tire rotation; however, many new cars use synthetic oil that only needs to be changed every 10,000 miles. Ergo, every 5,000 miles, a better-safe-than-sorry reminder light pops on, and driving to the dealership to have a technician reset the light may be hassle, so we wanted to share how to reset this light in the convenience of your own driveway. Remember, the light also comes on to remind you of a tire rotation which should be performed every 5,000 miles.
How to Reset your Maintenance Required Light:
- Turn off your engine while the odometer is in the regular total mileage mode, not “Trip A” or “Trip B”
- Push and hold the mileage reset button while turning the key into the “on” position
- You will see the odometer digits countdown to zero and once they all are at zero, the maintenance light has reset and you may release the button
With those instructions, we hope that you’ll be able to reset this light if you choose to do so. If you feel uncomfortable doing this or are unsure why your maintenance light has turned on, please do not hesitate to call or stop by Heritage Toyota Scion.