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What Does The Maintenance Required Light Mean?

Unlike a “check engine” light, a maintenance required light is based strictly on a car’s mileage and when the light was previously reset. A qualified service technician can diagnose the car’s maintenance needs and provide the necessary services, including an engine oil and oil filter change, tire rotation, or a general vehicle inspection.

Since the maintenance required light has no way to determine the condition or level of the engine oil, it’s important to bring your car into a trusted auto shop to make the needed service changes.

What Does a Flashing Maintenance Required Light Mean?

Maintenance Required Light

A maintenance required light comes on after 4,500 miles to alert you that your car is due for service. The light will come on each time the car is started to test the bulb for about 6 seconds and then turn off. At some point, the maintenance required light will start to flash after starting your car.

The flashing maintenance required light will start after 4,500 miles since it was last reset. This is an alert for you to make an appointment for car service because you are getting close to the 5,000-mile service interval. The maintenance required light will remain on and be solid after the mileage interval reaches 5,000 miles since the light was reset. This is the final reminder to bring your car in for service.

What Type of Service Is Due When the Maintenance Required Light Is On?

Toyota and Lexus, for example, use the maintenance required light to alert the driver that the car is due for its routine 5,000-mile service. The service that will be required for your car includes the engine oil and filter change, tire rotation, multi-point inspection, as well as inspection and adjustment of all fluids.

Service requirements for different makes and models may vary. How often should I change my oil?

How Much Will It Cost When the Maintenance Required Light Comes On?

When you buy a new car, the 5,000-mile service intervals are usually covered up to 25,000 miles by the manufacturer for free. After that, the 5,000-mile service can range anywhere from $75 to $135 depending on where you live. There are also more major services that will be required when you hit higher mileage points, such timing belt repairs and ignition tune-ups. These will coincide with a typical 5,000-mile service interval.

How Do I Turn off My Maintenance Required Light?

There may be a time when you will want to turn off your own maintenance required light. For instance, if either the technician forgot to reset the light when they performed the service, or you did your own service on your car. The reset procedure is pretty straightforward.

Follow this procedure to reset the maintenance required light on most Lexus vehicles:

Here is a Lexus maintenance required light video procedure if needed.

  1. Turn ignition switch to the ON position.
  2. Set the Odometer/Trip Display to the ODO mode.
  3. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
  4. Depress and HOLD the Trip Meter RESET button while turning the ignition switch to the ON position.
  5. The Service Maintenance Reminder Light will:
    • a. Illuminate solidly for 3 seconds
    • b. Blink for 2 seconds
    • c. Illuminate solidly for 1 second
    • d. Turn off
  6. Release the Trip Meter RESET button.
  7. Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
  8. Turn the ignition to the ON position, and confirm that the Service Maintenance Reminder Light goes out. NOTE: If the light continues blinking in step 5a, turn the ignition off, and repeat the procedure from step 1.

Follow this procedure to reset the maintenance required light on most early model and late model Toyota vehicles:

Here is a Toyota maintenance required light video reset procedure if needed.

  1. Turn ignition switch to the ON position.
  2. Set the Odometer/Trip Display to the ODO mode (early model) or to the trip A (late model).
  3. Turn the ignition switch to the OFF position.
  4. Depress and HOLD the Trip Meter RESET button while turning the ignition switch to the ON position.
  5. The Maintenance Required Light will:
    • a. Flash while the ODO screen will have 5 blank lines with one disappearing each second.
    • b. After all ODO lines disappear, the maintenance required light should turn off.
  6. Release the Trip Meter RESET button.
  7. Turn the ignition to the OFF position.
  8. Turn the ignition to the ON position, and confirm that the Maintenance Required Light goes out. NOTE: If the light continues blinking in step 5a, turn the ignition off, and repeat the procedure from step 1.

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Schedule an Appointment With A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc.

If you live in the San Carlos area and your car’s maintenance required light has come on, bring it in to A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. Our service technicians can diagnose your service requirement and make any necessary repairs or services to have you back on the road in no time. We service a large variety of import vehicle makes, including Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Mazda, Kia, and Scion. Schedule an appointment with us today.

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Disclaimer: This article is provided for general informational purposes only.  It is not intended as advice for your particular vehicle, and should not be relied upon for that purpose.  Please consult a qualified automotive maintenance professional to determine the maintenance and repair needs for your vehicle.

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