I just changed the oil on my girlfriend's 2015 Toyota Rav4 LE.

The "maintenance required" light is lit up on the dash. It turns on 5000 miles after the last time it was reset. I want to reset it so that if there is ever a warranty claim, the computer will say she maintained the car well.

How do I reset the Maint Reqd light in a Toyota?

  • Oil change side notes (for other's reference): It is the exact same engine and manual for all three trim levels: LE, XLE, and Limited. I used 0W-20 which is recommended in the manual. I used a full synthetic oil even though that was not specified in the manual. – Zach Mierzejewski Nov 5 '16 at 20:25

The idiot's (me!) guide to turning off the Maint Reqd light:

  1. Start the car.
    • Turn the key to the Start position.
    • The engine should be starting.
    • Release the key so it springs back to the On position.
    • Do you hear the engine? (You should.)
  2. Hit the Disp button until Trip A is shown on the odometer's LCD screen.
  3. Turn the car off.
    • Are you able to remove the key? (You should be able to.)
  4. Press and hold the Disp button with your left hand.
    • You are going to continue holding that for the next few steps.
  5. Continue holding Disp while you...

Turn the key to On, not Start!

  1. Do you hear the engine? (You should not.)
  2. Continue holding Disp while the odometer's LCD screen blinks:
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    • -,
    • 000000
  3. You can stop pressing the Disp button.
  4. Turn the key to Off.
  5. Start the car.
  6. Maint Reqd is not lit up!
  • This procedure didn't work. Maintenance Light is still on. All fluids and filters are fine. Only thing I can think of is that it came on a little while after I hit 36,000 miles. (I took it in to the shop at 35,400 so thry could do any work that might fall under the warranty before it ran out. All was A+. – AKTraveler Jan 14 '17 at 0:49

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