How to Reset the Maintenance Light on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The maintenance required light (or "Maint Req'd" as displayed on the instrument cluster) reminds the owner that an oil service and mileage interval service is required. Do not confuse it with a problem with the Vehicles such as the check engine light. The check engine icon illuminates when the powertrain control module detects a problem with a sensor or circuit in the powertrain. Resetting the maintenance required light needs to be done each time the oil is changed to reset the system mileage interval.

Under The Hood:

 How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a Scion tC

Turn the tC's key to the "On" position. Press the trip odometer reset stem until "Trip A" displays on the odometer screen. Hold the stem with "Trip A" displayed.

Turn the tC's key to the "Off" position, and then turn it back on.

Continue holding the trip odometer reset stem until five dashes appear on the odometer screen. Release the stem. The maintenance light is now off.

 How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a 2006 Toyota Tacoma

Turn the ignition to the "Off" position. Leave the key in the ignition.

Hold down the "Trip Odometer Reset" knob.

Turn the ignition to the "On" position. Continue pressing on the "Trip Odometer Reset" knob until the odometer indicates "0000000" and the maintenance light goes off. Release the knob.

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Sit in the driver's seat of the car, and place the key in the ignition. Turn the key until it reaches the first position.

Press the "menu" button on your instrument panel, until the current mileage appears on the display.

Press and hold the "Reset" button on the instrument panel for three seconds. Press "Reset" again to confirm when the service-interval-reset prompt appears.

Turn the key to "OFF," and remove it from the ignition.

 How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a 2006 Scion XB

Insert your key into the ignition and start the engine.

Press the odometer toggle stem until the total mileage is displayed (not the "trip" mileage).

Turn the key to the "Off" position.

Press and hold the odometer stem. Turn the key to "On" without starting the engine.

Hold the odometer stem until the display shows "000000." Turn the key to "Off" then turn it back on.

 How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a FJ Cruiser

Place the key in the ignition of the FJ Cruiser.

Turn the key one click forward to the "ACC" or "Lock" position.

Press the odometer reset button until the actual odometer reading is displayed. The FJ Cruiser will display a "Trip A" and a "Trip B," then will display the actual odometer setting.

Hold the odometer reset button down with one hand while turning the ignition key one more click forward. This position will activate the instrument panel lights and all the electrical components without the engine running.

Watch the six dashes on the screen while continuing to hold the odometer reset button until they begin to disappear. This will take approximately 5 seconds.

Wait until six zeroes take the place of the disappearing dashes, then let go of the odometer reset button.

Start the engine of the FJ Cruiser to ensure the maintenance required light is no longer illuminated on the instrument panel. If it still is, perform the reset sequence again.

 How to Reset the Maintenance Light in a Toyota Corolla

Turn the ignition switch to the "Off" position.

Press and hold the Trip Odometer Reset button.

Turn the ignition switch to the "On" position. Do not start the engine. Continue to hold down the Trip Odometer Reset button.

Release the Trip Odometer Reset button after "000000" appears on the trip odometer display and the maintenance light turns off.

 How to Reset a Maintenance Required Light in a 2002 Acura RL

Ensure the ignition is in the off position. Many other makes and models require having the ignition key on the accessory power position, but not Acuras or Hondas of this year.

Press both the upper reset and lower select button with two fingers of one hand (located on the right hand side of the instrument cluster by the temperature gauge). While holding them down, turn the ignition key to the accessory power position, which is the position that illuminates the lights and power accessories in the car with the engine off.

Continue to hold the buttons in for at least 10 seconds to allow the system to reset.

Start the engine to ensure the "Maint Req'd" light is no longer displayed on the instrument cluster. If it is still illuminated, repeat the procedure.

 How to Reset the Maintenance Required Light on a Honda Accord

Early to Mid 1990s Honda Accord

Locate the key slot to the left of the maintenance required light.

Insert the ignition key into the slot to depress the internal reset button.

Remove the ignition key and insert it into the ignition.

Start the Honda Accord to ensure the reset procedure worked. The maintenance required light should be out.

Mid 1990s to Present Honda Accord

Depress and hold the select/reset button on the right of the instrument panel beneath the odometer reading.

Insert the ignition key into the ignition while continuing to to hold the select/reset button.

Turn the ignition key to the power accessory position. This will illuminate all the lights on the instrument panel without the engine running.

Continue to hold down the select/reset button until the maintenance required light goes out. On some year models, the light may blink once before going out.

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Start your car and wait for the LCD odometer display to come up to the left of your steering wheel. Then, set the odometer to total mileage, rather than trip A or B, by pushing down the PUSH ODO/TRIP button until ODO comes up on the display.

Turn off the car, and hold down the odometer button. Turn the key to the on position without starting the car.

Wait for the maintenance light to blink and go out, while still holding down the button. Finally, release the button and turn the key to the off position. Your maintenance light should now be reset.