How to Turn Off Maintenance Light on Camry

After every 5,000 miles, the “MAINT REQD” light turns on automatically to remind you to perform regular maintenance on your car. Don’t panic if you see the maintenance light on your Toyota Camry; it doesn’t indicate anything wrong with your vehicle.

It does not turn off automatically; it needs to be reset manually.

As long as you have the “MAINT REQD” you can drive your Camry without any safety issues.

But driving with the maintenance light on is annoying, so I recommend resetting the “MAINT REQD” light. I have discussed how to turn off the maintenance light yourself.

What Does Maintenance Light Mean on Toyota Camry

In Toyota, the maintenance light appears as “MAINT REQD” on the dashboard.

“MAINT REQD” means maintenance is required.

It is a mileage counter that reminds the user to take his car to the service center for maintenance.

It does not indicate any malfunctions within the system.

It usually pops up every five thousand miles as a reminder.

Does the Maintenance Light Turn Off Automatically on Toyota Camry

No, the maintenance light doesn’t turn off automatically on the Toyota Camry.

The maintenance light turns on every 5,000 miles to remind you to take your Camry to the service center for routine service checkups.

As a Toyota auto mechanic, I suggest taking your Camry to the dealer for a routine maintenance checkup, and the mechanic will turn it off for you after finishing the routine checkup.

But if you want to skip the routine checkup, you must manually turn off the maintenance light yourself.

How to Turn Off Maintenance Light on Toyota Camry

To turn off the maintenance light on your Toyota Camry yourself, follow these four steps:

  1. Turn the key to the “on” position, but do not start the engine.
  2. Next, locate the trip or odometer reset button on the dashboard. If your Camry was manufactured in 2002 or 2006, find the audio button and press it to reset it to zero. If it was manufactured in 2007 or later, find the trip button and press it to change the setting display to “trip A.” You might hear a beeping sound.
  3. Turn the key off and hold the trip odometer button down while your car is in ignition mode.
  4. Hold the trip button until the trip meter displays 000000. The light should have gone now, but if your “MAINT REQD” is still popping up, you should repeat this process.

Can I Still Drive with Maintenance Light On

Yes, you can drive with the maintenance light on. But it is not advised to drive with a maintenance light on.

Don’t make quick accelerations while driving with the maintenance light on.

Reset the maintenance light yourself or go to a mechanic to reset the maintenance light for you, and then you can typically drive.

How Long Can I Drive with Maintenance Light On

You can drive as long as you want. The “MAINT REQD” light automatically turns on every 5,000 miles to remind you to perform routine maintenance.

So driving with the maintenance-required light on is not an issue.

You have to set “Trip A” of your odometer to zero if you want to turn off the maintenance light.

Reset “Trip A” to zero; the maintenance-required light will automatically turn off.

But you must address the issue if any other light is turned on with the maintenance-required light.

Cost of Resetting Maintenance Light Toyota Camry

Every vehicle has a recommended service period by the automobile manufacturer, and there are costs for specific issues during the service period.

To change the oil when the “MAINT REQD” light appears, you have to spend between $40 and $120.

You may have to pay between $10 and $20 for an oil filter.

You have to spend around $850 to replace the timing change tensioner.

The prices will differ depending on where you live.

Reset Your Toyota Camry Maintenance Light by a Professional Mechanic

You can also reset the maintenance light on your Toyota Camry with the help of a professional technician.

You can go to the nearest dealership or ask an experienced auto technician to reset the maintenance light for you after checking the basic components of your car.

Checking and resetting the maintenance light is a piece of cake for a professional mechanic.

But the only downside is that it will cost you some extra bucks.

Final Words

No need to worry if the maintenance light appears on the instrument cluster, as it doesn’t indicate any issues with your car.

Check the engine oil level, air filter, oil filter, and timing chain to see if they are in good condition or not.

To turn off the maintenance light, reset it by following the method I discussed in this article or go to an auto mechanic.

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