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 (Oct 11, 2017)
Thanks for the readers telling us your success stories. Here is an updated list of year/model that reported working:
- Avalon: 2011
- Camry: 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 (with Trip A), 2014 Hybrid (Trip A)
- Corola: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 (with Trip A)
- Highlander: 2006
- Matrix: 2008
- Prius: 2005
- Rav4: 2013, 2014, 2015
- Sienna: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Tacoma: 2013, 2014, 2015 (with Trip A)
- Tundra: 2013 (with Trip A)
- Yaris: 2010, 2017
Let’s add your working year/model to the list.
89 thoughts on “How to Turn Off the “Maint Reqd” Light on Toyota in 5 seconds”
Thank you! It also works on Sienna!
Works for 2005 Highlander
Use “Trip A” instead of the total mileage reading for 2008 and newer Camrys, total mileage only works on 2007 and older Camrys.
Had to use Trip A for 2013 Sienna and 2009 Camry not total Milage. Also, had to start he car while holding the button instead of turning to on Then worked on both cars.cdtay1
I understand this procedure to RESET is Not the same on the 2012 year CAMRY.
A OK for year 2011 and prior year’s.
If you do it with the 2012 carmy the odometer has to be on trip a
Worked in my Sienna!
It also worked on my 2010 Sienna.
It works on Odometer for my 2006 corolla
For Camry 2013, I use TRIP A and it worked for me.
It worked on my 2008 carmy, I used the trip A in the odometer
Thank you. It worked for my corola too.
Worked on RAV4 2014
Good to know
Works on highlander too!
Hi Kas, thanks for letting us know. Hope it help more people.
Works with Toyota matrix 2008
I tried it on 2006 camry, it works like magic.
2008 Toyota Camry. Worked perfectly!
2012 Corolla worked just like Camry with Trip A
2013 Tundra has to be set on Trip A for this to work.
Thanks Jeffery, I added Tundra to the list.
It worked on my 2009 Camry in the Trip A position! Thanks!
Thanks, Philip. Good to know that it helped.
Thankyou. Worked on toyota
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……
This worked in my 2015 Corolla with Trip A. Thanks!
Thank you. It works on highlander 2006.
Enter your comment here…Thanks, it works on my avalon 2008
Trip A worked for my 2013 Camry SE
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.
Worked like a charm with Trip A on my 2009 Toyota Corolla
Thanks for the help. It worked.
Trip A worked for 2014 Camry Hybrid
Thanks a lot for letting us know it works out for you.
Works on a 2015 Rav4 LE
Worked perfectly on 2004 Camry using Total Mileage odometer setting.
Works on my 2013 RAV4 with Trip A.
Worked perfectly on 2007 Toyota Avalon using Total Mileage odometer setting.
Camry 2005 too
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
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.
Thanks a lot!! I will add Yaris to the list.
Works on my 2005 toyota prius
It works find on 2012 Camry SE, starting on odometer. The only thing I dislike is that it also resets Trip A.
2017 Toyota Yaris with trip a
It worked on my 2005 Toyota Prius! It turned on after I got my oil changed, and here I thought something was wrong with my car!
It worked with trip A for Camry 2015 model
worked for 2008 Sienna
Thumbs up for my. 2011 avalon!
Worked on my 2013 Corolla. Kept turning the windshield wipers on while doing it. Had to be a bit of a contortionist to accomplish it.Thanks.
I use a very similar, but slightly different procedure on a 2013 Prius V. Amazing how many people think this light is an indicator of problems as opposed to a simple reminder.
I have a 2015 Tacoma & this worked on Trip A. Thank you!
2014 Tacoma Works Also Trip A – Thank You !
Does it work for Rav4 2006?
worked great. 2007 camry
Thank You this works for my Tacoma 4×4 – just came on at 34,360 miles
My 2006 Toyota Camry car shows always maint reqd last 3 months please tell me what I have to do fix this problem
Have you tried the steps in the post? It should work for the 2006 Camry.
Thanks, it worked – Camry 2009 XLE
2010 corolla, use these directions but use trip A
Use Trip A instead on the 2011 Camry
It didn’t work on my Camry it brought up the option to turn Eco on or off
Great thanks so much for this! Worked perfect for my 2005 Toyota Camry!
Thank you. 2009 RAV4.
How does it work with push button ignition start on 2011 Camry XLE?
Can not get mantane required light to reset
2005 Toyota Corolla. I’m happy it worked. Thank you.
Mine did no show zeros but said “Eco On” and the maintenance light is still on
Steps using of reset doesn’t work on 2012 Toyota Camry. Any new ways
It just worked on my 05 camery
Works on 2004 RAV4
IT didn’t work on my 2016 Toyota Corolla
Works for 2006 Corolla
Total mileage work for my Toyota Camry 2005 model
Set odometer to “trip A”, then turn engine off, and press and hold the button (after turning the engine off. Turn key on, without starting the engine. Wait for trip A to finish blinking until you see it reset to zero.
Thanks! Worked fine on 2008 Corolla.
I use full synthetic oil. Can I program in a longer interval before the light comes on?
Could not get the light off in my 08 Toyota Tacoma following the method I found elsewhere. Everything else says to set to trip A for this year, but after several failed attempts I tried doing OD as recommend here. And it worked!
Have a 2008 Camry XLE with push button start. Can’t find in manual how to reset it. Anyone out there know how?
This worked for me on Trip A— 4Runner 2016
Worked on Corolla 2009 (using trip A)
Camery 05 works
Worked on my Camry 2015, used the Trip A button. Thanks!
It works for 2008 Tundra using Trip A