2 Methods | How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a Toyota Camry

Maintenance light is a safety feature of Toyota vehicles. It usually turns on after 5000 miles of oil change. When the light is on, it reminds the users to maintain the vehicle by changing oils, cleaning filters, rotating tires, etc.

Usually, maintaining the vehicle puts the light off, but faulty sensors may keep the light on. A faulty ECM may also keep the light on and require a reset. You may want to know what maintenance light means and how to reset it.

In this article, I have talked about resetting methods of the Camry maintenance light with step-by-step instructions.

What Does The Maintenance Required Light Mean?

Maintenance required light is a safety feature of a car. Every car that runs on engines needs an oil change, inspection, tire rotation, and filter change after a certain time.

Maintenance required light is just an indication that your car needs maintenance. Manufacturers program it to be on every 5000 miles or later. You must change the oils, replace or clean oil filters, rotate the tires, diagnose the vehicle, or inspect the sensors every 5000 miles.

Illuminating maintenance required light is not a big issue; it’s just a reminder for the users. They forget to maintain the vehicle, and the light reminds them.

You should not avoid the light and maintain your vehicle as soon as the light illuminates. It does not affect the vehicle’s performance.

But the light may not turn off even if you maintain your vehicle. You will need to reset the maintenance light manually to solve the issue.

How to Reset the Maintenance Light on a Toyota Camry

You can reset the maintenance light on a Toyota Camry with two methods. You can use the ‘odo or trip’ button on the dashboard or reset the light from vehicle settings. There are different generations of Camry, and the method differs among them.

Usually, you can reset old Camrys with the odo/trip button. For newer and hybrid Camry vehicles, you will have to reset the maintenance light from the vehicle settings.

Method 1: Resetting with the ODO/Trip Button

This method works on almost every Toyota Camry generation from 2002 to 2017. Follow the steps to reset your Camry using the odo/trip button:

Step 1: First, turn your key in the ignition to the ‘II’ or ‘Run’ position. It starts with the vehicle’s electronic components and not the engine. Keep your leg out of the brake pedal for push start, and press the start button twice.

Step 2: Press the ‘odo/trip’ button on the dashboard’s right bottom. Some Camrys have a button on the steering wheel. Press the button until it shows ‘ODO’ or ‘TripA’ on the dashboard. 2002 to 2006, Camry shows ‘ODO’ text, and the newer Camry shows ‘Trip A’ instead.

Step 3: Now switch off the vehicle and press the ‘odo/trip’ button. Keep pressing it and start the vehicle and not the engine, as I mentioned in step 1.

Step 4: It will start a beeping sound and lights flashing on the dashboard. Wait until everything turns to zero and the maintenance light flashing stops. Some Camry will show a ‘Resetting maintenance data’ message.

Step 5: Now you have reset the maintenance data. Start the engine, and you will see no maintenance light on the dashboard. If you still see the maintenance light, do the reset process again from step 1.

Watch the video to reset the maintenance light with the ‘odo/trip’ button:

Method 2: Resetting from the Dashboard Vehicle Settings

You need to follow this method in newer Toyota Camrys. Usually, 2018 to 2024 Camry models require this process. Follow the steps to reset the maintenance light from the car dashboard settings:

Step 1: Put the key in the ignition and turn the vehicle on. Do not turn on the engine. Keep your foot out of the brake pedal for button start and push the button twice.

Step 2: Then, use the navigation buttons on the steering wheel to clear the ‘Maintenance Required’ message. Find the ‘Settings’ menu indicated with gear icons. Find the ‘Vehicle Settings’ menu and press the ‘ok’ or ‘Enter’ button to select it.

Step 3: Select ‘Scheduled Maintenance’ using the ‘ok’ button. It will ask if you want to reset the maintenance data. Select ‘Yes,’ and it will reset the data. A completion message will appear when the reset is done.

Watch this video to reset the maintenance light from the dashboard vehicle settings:


Is it OK to drive with maintenance required light on?

Maintenance required light is not an issue but a reminder to maintain your vehicle. You can drive your vehicle, which is safe with the warning light. But I suggest you maintain your vehicle as soon as possible.

The light generally reminds users to change the oil and oil filters or to rotate the tires. Do these maintenance tasks in your vehicle, and the light will go off. Sometimes, a faulty sensor may cause an issue, and you should check the fuel sensors.

Why is my maintenance required light still on after oil change?

The maintenance required light turns on to remind us about the maintenance schedule. These include tire rotation, oil change, oil filter changing, and other services. Manufacturers program the light to illuminate every 5000 miles or so.

Maintaining your vehicle should turn off the light. If the light is still on, it may be an issue with the sensor. Check the sensors and reset the maintenance light manually to resolve the issue.

How long can you drive with maintenance required light Toyota?

You can drive a few hundred miles with maintenance-required light. It does not indicate any issue with the vehicle. It reminds the user to change the oil and filters and maintain the vehicle every 5000 miles.

Although there is no limit, you should not drive more than 500 miles with the maintenance light on. Old oils and filters may cause issues with the engine, which is not good for your vehicle. Maintain the vehicle as soon as possible to avoid any major issues.

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