What is a maintenance light?

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 10:00 pm
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What does it mean when the maintenance light is blinking in my Toyota Corolla?

Every vehicle has its own style, even when it comes down to the details, like dashboard lights. It can be difficult to know what each light means and what to do when one goes on. Some lights are minor warnings, while others are serious and cannot be ignored. Today we’re going to help you get to know your Toyota warning lights by answering the questions, “What does it mean when the maintenance light is blinking in my Corolla?”.

What does the maintenance required light mean?

Toyota vehicles have one dashboard light that other automotive brands don’t have and that’s the maintenance required light (MAINT REQD). Many first time Toyota drivers might confuse this light with the check engine light, but it is actual a different warning altogether. The maintenance required light is notifying you that maintenance is required according to the driven distance on the vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

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The light illuminates for about 3 seconds and then flashes for about 15 second every 4,500 miles after the maintenance has been reset. Most often this just means your vehicle might be due for an oil change. The light will come on and remain on if the distance driven exceeds 5,000 miles after the maintenance data has been reset.

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How to Reset Maintenance Data on Toyota Corolla

Resetting your maintenance data is fairly simple. After the required maintenance is performed according maint reqd light toyota corolla flashing Toyota Palo Alto oil change service appointment san jose cato the maintenance schedule follow these steps:
1. Turn the “ENGINE START STOP” switch or engine switch off with the trip meter A reading shown,
2. While pressing the trip meter reset button turn the “ENGINE START STOP” switch or engine switch ON.
3. Continue to press and hold the button until the trip meter displays 000000.

Taking care of your Toyota vehicle is simple when you know what each warning light means. If you ever have any questions you about whether your vehicle needs any kind of maintenance don’t hesitate and call the service department here at Toyota Palo Alto. Our friendly staff will be able to help you figure out what’s going on with your vehicle and whether it’s time to make a service appointment.

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31 Responses to “What is a maintenance light?”

  1. Sullivan Bates says:

    It can be difficult to know what each light means and what to do when one goes on in your vehicle. But the light comes from a dashboard of a Toyota car indicates this require some maintenance for having a trouble free vehicle. Ignoring this light may become cause for a major damage in future and your vehicle may leads to fell in failure when it is on the road. As dashboard engine light is a warning light, so you should have check it and do your vehicle maintenance as soon as possible to avoid any mishap occur on the road.

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    The maintenance required light flickers when I turn my car on last night do I have to have the maintenance done right away??? Can I have it done tomorrow

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    The manufacturers are trying their best to make it easy and convenience for the owners to keep the car maintenance on schedule. They use a yellow light which is “Maint Reqd” (maintenance required) to remind us about car maintenance. Every several thousands of miles, the light will turn on and it make us know that it is the time to change oil or do the tire rotation, etc. Dashboard engine light is a warning light, so you should have check it and do a proper maintenance of car as soon as possible to avoid any type of breakdown. For more information please visit https://www.fastlaneeuropean.com/.

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  7. Cara Lee says:

    Vehicles have lights which indicates something. Some lights are minor warnings but others are serious warnings which can’t be ignored. The maintenance light illuminates for about 3 seconds and flashes for about 15 seconds every 4500 miles after the maintenance has been reset. This light indicates that this vehicle may have a due for an oil change. When a yellow light comes on, it indicates that car maintenance is required. Ignoring this light may cause serious damage to the vehicle. So we must do proper maintenance of our car regularly. If you want to perform regular maintenance of your car at an authorized car servicing center, you may contact:

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    Is not long I serviced my oil but the maint required is showing

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    My yellow service engine light comes on and flahes 6 times. Is that an indication as to what may be the problem

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    My maintenance reqd blinks for 6times and starts again whenever I start my engine.please what could be the problem??Secondly,My steering shakes when I’m speeding above 40km/h.I will be glad to hear your response

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    My maintenance required light is on – can I drive my vehicle until my appointment?

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  30. txxx says:

    No matter what kind of driver you are eventually your Toyota car, truck, or SUV will require service and repair.  Staying on top of oil changes and routine maintenance helps to reduce unforeseen issue with your vehicle but it doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have the unexpected repair arise.  Then there is the dreaded day when you start your Toyota vehicle and your dashboard warning lights sparkle like it’s the Fourth of July.  One of the most common warning lights in late-model Toyota’s is the “maintenance required” light.  Find out exactly what the blinking “maintenance required” light means in your Toyota below.

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