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:
- With the car started (ignition on), set the LCD odometer readout to total mileage (not trip A or B) by push the button.
- Turn the car off (key to the OFF position).
- Push down AND HOLD the button that switches the odometer.
- 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.
- Release the odometer button.
- Turn key to OFF position.
- 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 (Dec. 30, 2016)
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
Let’s add your working year/model to the list.