How do you reset the maintenance light on a 2005 Toyota 4Runner?

I think maybe the people at the shop forgot to reset my maintenance alert the last time I went in for an oil change. What’s the easiest way to turn off the check maintenance light on my Toyota?

I get it—if you know that your car doesn’t need repairs, the maintenance light is super annoying.
Here’s what you need to do to reset the maintenance light on a 2005 Toyota 4Runner:
  • Turn the ignition to run, then use the trip meter reset knob to bring up the odometer reading. Once you’ve done this, turn the ignition off.
  • Next, hold down the knob as you turn the ignition key back to the run position, and continue to hold it until the light goes off. It will flash a few times before it turns off completely.
  • If the light doesn’t turn off, you’ll need to repeat the first few steps. Once the light is off, though, turn the ignition off, then start the car.
The maintenance alert should be gone! But if you haven’t already, you may want to take your car to an auto shop to make sure there aren’t any actual issues causing the maintenance light to turn on. You don’t want to end up stranded!
And if your car is older and things are starting to go wrong more frequently, it might be a good idea to get roadside assistance. Jerry offers towing coverage, lockout service, tire change, jumpstarts, key replacement, and more through its roadside assistance membership for under $5 a month.
Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 28, 2021

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