The car manufacturers are trying to make it easy for the owners to keep the car maintenance on schedule. They use a yellow light “Maint Reqd” (maintenance required) to remind us. Every several thousands of miles, the light will turn on (starts blinking a couple hundreds of miles prior the scheduled mileage and become solid when it reaches the mileage) and we know it is time to change oil or do the tire rotation, etc.

But sometimes it make sense for us to ignore the reminder by manually turning it off. Just like today, my Toyota Camry’s “Maint Reqd” turned on but I know it is only 2000 miles since I did the maintenance at the Toyota dealership. So I went up to the dealer and they told me this trick to turn off the light. Since the light is just linked to an internal mileage counter and not tied to any safety sensor, it is safe to do it. All you need to do is to zero out the internal counter to turn off the light. It can actually be done in a couple of seconds without any tool!




Here are the steps:

  1. With the car started (ignition on), set the LCD odometer readout to total mileage (not trip A or B) by push the button.
  2. Turn the car off (key to the OFF position).
  3. Push down AND HOLD the button that switches the odometer.
  4. Turn key to ON position without starting the car. You will see many lights turned on (check engine, oil, etc). Focus on the odometer, it will start blinking and then goes to all zeros. When it goes to zeros, it means that you have successfully reset the counter.
  5. Release the odometer button.
  6. Turn key to OFF position.
  7. You are done!

I tried it in my Camry, and I believe it also works for Sienna. Let us know how it works for your car.

Update (March 25, 2017)
Thanks for the readers telling us your success stories. Here is an updated list of year/model that reported working:

  • Camry: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 (with Trip A), 2014 Hybrid (Trip A)
  • Corola: 2012, 2015 (with Trip A)
  • Highlander: 2006
  • Matrix: 2008
  • Rav4: 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Sienna: 2007, 2009, 2010
  • Tundra: 2013 (with Trip A)
  • Yaris: 2010, 2017

Let’s add your working year/model to the list.



How to Turn Off the “Maint Reqd” Light on Toyota in 5 seconds
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47 thoughts on “How to Turn Off the “Maint Reqd” Light on Toyota in 5 seconds

  • March 17, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    I understand this procedure to RESET is Not the same on the 2012 year CAMRY.
    A OK for year 2011 and prior year’s.

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  • March 17, 2015 at 8:35 pm
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    If you do it with the 2012 carmy the odometer has to be on trip a

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  • June 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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    Worked in my Sienna!

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    • July 17, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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      It also worked on my 2010 Sienna.

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      • September 11, 2016 at 10:41 am
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        It works on Odometer for my 2006 corolla

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  • October 26, 2015 at 9:16 am
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    For Camry 2013, I use TRIP A and it worked for me.

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    • October 29, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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      awesome

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  • November 7, 2015 at 8:28 am
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    It worked on my 2008 carmy, I used the trip A in the odometer

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  • January 18, 2016 at 4:16 am
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    Thank you. It worked for my corola too.

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    • April 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm
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      awesome

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  • March 30, 2016 at 9:58 am
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    Worked on RAV4 2014

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    • April 3, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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      Good to know

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  • April 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm
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    Works on highlander too!

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    • April 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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      Hi Kas, thanks for letting us know. Hope it help more people.

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  • April 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm
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    Works with Toyota matrix 2008

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    • April 18, 2016 at 10:04 pm
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      awesome

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  • April 25, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    I tried it on 2006 camry, it works like magic.

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  • April 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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    2008 Toyota Camry. Worked perfectly!

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  • May 10, 2016 at 2:42 pm
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    2012 Corolla worked just like Camry with Trip A

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    • May 10, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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      Awesome!!

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  • May 21, 2016 at 10:01 am
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    2013 Tundra has to be set on Trip A for this to work.

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    • May 22, 2016 at 12:06 am
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      Thanks Jeffery, I added Tundra to the list.

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  • May 24, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    It worked on my 2009 Camry in the Trip A position! Thanks!

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    • May 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm
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      Thanks, Philip. Good to know that it helped.

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  • May 31, 2016 at 1:34 pm
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    Thankyou. Worked on toyota
    seinna 2007

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  • June 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    It worked! I have a 2010 Toyota Camry. Sure enough, the reason it came on was because I needed an oil change and I had driven my car 5,000 miles since last year when the MAINT REQD light last came on……

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  • June 25, 2016 at 6:01 pm
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    This worked in my 2015 Corolla with Trip A. Thanks!

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  • July 2, 2016 at 12:19 am
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    Thank you. It works on highlander 2006.

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  • July 17, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    Enter your comment here…Thanks, it works on my avalon 2008

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  • September 30, 2016 at 3:25 pm
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    On my 2010 Camry I had to turn key one click, press the odometer button, go to the second ignition click, and light blinked, then odometer went to 00000 then 00, After that the maint req’d light went off.

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  • October 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    Worked like a charm with Trip A on my 2009 Toyota Corolla

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  • October 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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    Thanks for the help. It worked.

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  • October 24, 2016 at 5:08 am
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    Trip A worked for 2014 Camry Hybrid

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    • October 28, 2016 at 9:43 pm
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      Thanks a lot for letting us know it works out for you.

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  • November 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm
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    Works on a 2015 Rav4 LE

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  • November 28, 2016 at 9:39 am
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    Worked perfectly on 2004 Camry using Total Mileage odometer setting.

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  • December 21, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    Works on my 2013 RAV4 with Trip A.

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  • January 3, 2017 at 5:17 pm
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    Worked perfectly on 2007 Toyota Avalon using Total Mileage odometer setting.

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  • January 13, 2017 at 6:54 am
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    Holy Cow it worked. 2013 Camry Trip A. Worked like a charm. Don’t need oil change or anything for another 3000 miles. Thank you

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  • January 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm
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    Worked fine on my 2010 Toyota Yaris using Trip A. May have to use car after changing, because I did not, and problems with the car starting the next day were horrible. Finally came back after 24 hours.

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    • February 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm
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      Thanks a lot!! I will add Yaris to the list.

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  • February 7, 2017 at 7:59 am
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    Works on my 2005 toyota prius

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  • February 28, 2017 at 11:38 am
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    It works find on 2012 Camry SE, starting on odometer. The only thing I dislike is that it also resets Trip A.

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  • March 23, 2017 at 10:40 am
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    2017 Toyota Yaris with trip a

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