Turning Off "MAINT REQD" Light Toyota Sienna, Corolla, etc. - The MAINT REQD light goes on (first blinking, then persistent) to indicate it's time to change the engine oil. However, after changing the engine oil, the light stays on. I thought the act of changing the oil was enough to reset the warning, but not so.

After some investigation at ToyotaNation.com, I discovered the answer...

How to Reset the "MAINT REQD" Light on Toyota Sienna

  1. With the car started (ignition on), set the LCD odometer readout to total mileage (not trip A or B).
  2. Turn the car off (ignition key to the OFF position).
  3. Push in AND HOLD the button/knob that switches the odometer
  4. Turn key to ON position without starting the car. You will notice the maintenance light blink and go out.
  5. Release the odometer button/knob.
  6. Turn key to OFF position.
  7. That's it! The "MAINT REQD" light has been reset to warn you to change your oil in another 5,000 or 7,500 miles or so.
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wu — 02 July 2007, 20:31

For my RAV4, I have to put LCD on trip A; Push and hold the button to turn on the ignition key without starting.

whudgens — 05 July 2007, 21:53

You folks are big help. I am on Vacaton. I thought I would have to take a day to get it fixed. Well I changed my oil and didn't know about this reset button. thanks a person in South Texas

Brent — 06 July 2007, 09:08

Glad the information helped. My wife kept bugging about the flashing light; it's the only visible way for her to "know" something is wrong with the car. After a little research, I figured out why it flashed and how to reset it.

BTW, I find that Toyota service providers I've used don't remember (or don't know how?) to reset the warning light. I always have to do it.

Josh — 24 July 2007, 17:52

The Rav4 reset is right on the mark for my 2007

Brent — 24 July 2007, 19:49

Yeah, I think it goes off every 4000-5000 miles.

Chuito — 31 July 2007, 20:58

Thanks for this tip!!!!

Brent — 31 July 2007, 21:18

No problem. Glad it helped

Larry H, Camillus, NY — 26 August 2007, 07:42

It's very annoying to have the MAINT REQD light come on and be less than 1 week since my last oil change and service at a dealer. Thanks for the information...

BB — 03 September 2007, 17:15

Wow..I've known that it is such that easy. I always paid to Toyota maintenance center to do this. It works for the other Toyota model too. Thank you very much for this big contribution.

Marybeth & Rip, Milwaukee, WI — 23 September 2007, 19:58

Thank you for the information. It worked fine for my wife's 2006 Toyota Sienna. It was driving us nuts and we did not realize the service people could have turned it off so easily. I will mention it the next time we are in for oil change.

CG — 08 October 2007, 15:16

Such a great HELP! It perfectly worked with my 2007 SIENNA. I followed other recomendation which starts with TRIP A or B and found myself in huge frustration. Thanks again!

JC — 11 November 2007, 17:42

Thanks a Million, it works on 2006 Corolla as well. I felt bad that I need to drive back and bother those oil changed technicans.

Gal in MO — 17 December 2007, 16:01

Thanks this was driving me nuts!!

Fairfax, VA — 02 January 2008, 11:42

Thank you so much, I read the manual and tried to do what it said, but it didn't work! I thought I must be an idiot. Your method worked perfectly

XL — 16 March 2008, 21:24

Thank you so much!

Brad Burrows — 01 April 2008, 13:31

Don't you love it when a vehicle manufacturer goes out of their way to create an annoyance for the customer. If only this trick worked for my Dunlop tires that were worn out at 24K miles.

Tom - Glen Ellyn IL — 09 April 2008, 05:18

You were the first item when I googled the problem. Thanks not only for the fix but describing the solution so easily with step by step, bold, and capitalization. I am running around like crazy, getting things ready for a trip and this morning at 6:00 a.m. the night after an oil change at jiffy lube, the light goes on. I had images of hours sitting at the dealership. Thank you very much. I'll implement at lunch today.

Brent — 09 April 2008, 06:32

That's great, Tom! So glad it helped. Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment. Have a great trip!

doni — 16 April 2008, 09:23

thank you,it helps.now my wife will have peace of mind.that maintenance required light drives her nuts and in turn she drives me nuts.

Brent — 17 April 2008, 19:06

I got exactly the same treatment from my wife!! That's what motivated me to find the solution. Nagging is the mother of....

Jerry — 04 May 2008, 15:22

This doesn't work to reset the "Maint Req'd"light on the 08 Hghlander. You have to hold the trip button when it's on Trip "A" then switch to ACC,then back on odometer does to "----" then "Maint Req'd" light goes off.

Brent — 04 May 2008, 16:24

Thanks for the tip. You'd think Toyota would keep things consistent. Oh well...

Rod — 11 May 2008, 07:53

Thank you for the tip! We thought we would have to take to Toyota for the reset. Now I can easily change the oil myself!

v/r Rod

NNLeroux — 02 June 2008, 09:46

OMG Thank You so much for this!! I was going crazy looking at that little orange lite.

Katy — 04 June 2008, 10:14

Thank you for this post. Having the light on in my new car upset me. I tried the reset technique in the manual but it didn't work. Your instructions worked perfect!