The “maintenance required” light should not be confused with the “check engine” light. The image at the top of this item shows your standard “maintenance required” light; The images below show the standard “check engine” lights.
The “check engine” light is generally a much more serious warning than the maintenance light. The “check engine” light does not come on at preset intervals like the maintenance light does; It will only turn on if your engine or car has a serious problem. If the “check engine” light comes on, see a mechanic immediately for diagnosis. The mechanic should be able to connect a reader that tells them why the light has come on.
How to reset the maintenance light: maintenance light
Making the “maintenance required” light go out is usually something the mechanic will have to do. However, in most vehicles, you can manually turn it off yourself.
On some vehicles, you will have to go through a sequence such as holding down the odometer button while turning off the car, waiting five seconds, starting the car again, and releasing the odometer button. The sequences of actions that turn off the maintenance required light, as well as the check engine light, will differ depending on your vehicle.
You can usually find the sequence in your owner’s manual. If you don’t have one, you should be able to find out what the sequence is by typing a Google search phrase that includes your car’s make, model, and year: for example, “How to reset the 2000 Honda Accord maintenance light”.
Why should I reset the maintenance button manually ?: what the maintenance required light means
Do so at your own risk, but manually resetting the maintenance light may be preferable to leaving it on. Why is that? Because no one wants to drive a vehicle with a warning light staring you in the face.
If you know the reason why the maintenance required light has come on and you still do not consider it necessary to bring the vehicle in for maintenance, you may want to manually reset it. For example, some cars start after only 3,000 miles since their last oil change. With people using high-quality oil like pure synthetic, they don’t need to go every 3000 miles for an oil change. The light is annoying, but, like I said, turn it off at your own risk.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and belief. The content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and is not a substitute for personal advice or professional advice on business, financial, legal or technical matters.
Penny June 16, 2019: what does maintenance required on a car mean
Does the maintenance light stay on or just blink when you turn it on and then turn off after a few minutes, is this normal? Yes
Neanderthalmann March 15, 2018: what does required maintenance mean
Everything is bullshit. A scam for mechanics to take your money, tighten and loosen some spare parts … better ignore the lights and follow instinct. Men know when their vehicles need attention is instinctive.
Victory September 02, 2017: how the maintenance light turns off I just changed my oil about a month ago at Midas and now my maintenance light has been on for a few seconds these past two days. And I think Midas didn’t really change my oil. How can I tell if they did by seeing if my oil looks lighter? And thanks for your comments! It really helped! My Toyota Corolla, thanks again!