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How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a FJ Cruiser

by Jody L. Campbell

Toyota vehicles have used a standardized method to reset the maintenance required light for several years. The light is designed to trigger and illuminate on the instrument panel at 4,500 miles in a blinking fashion to remind the owner/driver that it's time to change the oil and filter (plus inspect and replace other components at the respective mileage interval). At 5,000 miles, the light stops blinking and remains on until it is reset again. The light must be reset after an oil change in order to remind the owner when the next oil change is due.

Step 1

Place the key in the ignition of the FJ Cruiser.

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

About the Author

Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.

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