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How to Reset a Toyota Tacoma Maintenance Light?

  • Cars Explained
  • Ray Sanders
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The Tacoma is one of the most popular models in the US, and if you’ve been driving one for quite some time, you might have seen the maintenance light illuminate at certain intervals. Read this article to figure out how to reset a Toyota Tacoma maintenance light.

Dashboards of cars usually have an array of lights that confuse users about which light means what and what to do when one gets illuminated. They can get illuminated for various minor and major reasons such as oil change due, check engine, etc. 

Toyota cars differ from others by having a maintenance light on the dashboard, which illuminates the words MAINT REQD. However, this is not something to be worried about as it just indicates that periodic maintenance is due for the car. You may refer to the vehicle owner’s manual to determine the exact service intervals of your car and determine if the maintenance light has been illuminated at the right time.  

Mostly this illumination indicates that an oil change is due on your car. So, if you’ve performed an oil change, then follow these steps to reset your Toyota Tacoma’s maintenance light.  

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Reset maintenance light for Toyota Tacoma 2018-2022 models 

  1. Turn the ignition to the ‘ON’ position without firing the engine. This will turn on all the electronics in the car.  
  2. Select the “Gear” icon on the information display by using the left and right arrows. 
  3. Navigate to the “Settings” option using the Up and Down arrows and select it using the OK button. 
  4. Now navigate to the “Maintenance Reset” option using the arrow keys and press the OK button.  
  5. Select the “Yes” option.  
  6. Now, the screen will indicate “MAINTENANCE RESET COMPLETE.” and the process is complete. 

Resetting maintenance light on 2012-2017 Toyota Tacoma models 

2012-2017 models of the Toyota Tacoma follow a different set of steps to reset the maintenance light. The Maintenance indicator lights up for three seconds and will blink for 15 seconds when these models have been driven 4500 miles since the last reset. Once your Tacoma has crossed 5000 miles, the light illuminates and remains on. 

  1. Turn the ignition to the ‘ON’ position without firing the engine. This will turn on all the electronics in the car.  
  2. Switch the display to ‘Trip A’ by pressing the Odo/Trip button  
  3. After this, turn off the vehicle 
  4. Hold down the “Odo/Trip” button. 
  5. While holding down the Odo/Trip button, move the ignition to the ‘ON’ position without firing the engine.
  6. Release the “Odo/Trip” button after the trip meter has been reset to zero.

Resetting the maintenance light for 2011 and older Toyota Tacoma models 


The older Tacomas also follow similar steps to reset the maintenance light.  

  1. Position the ignition switch to “Off.” 
  2. On the instrument panel, locate the Trip reset button and hold it down 
  3. While holding down the Trip button, switch the ignition to the ‘ON’ position. Do not turn on the engine. 
  4. Hold the trip button for 5 seconds  
  5. Now, the odometer will display zeroes (000000) which means that the reset is complete 
  6. Now release the Trip reset button

What oil should you use on your Toyota Tacoma?

2021 and 2022 Models 

2TR-FE (2.7-liter 4-Cylinder) & 2GR-FKS (3.5-liter V6) engines in the 2021 and 2022 Tacomas use 0W-20 grade engine oil. You’ll have to fill approximately 5.9 liters (6.2 quarts) of oil when an oil change is due.  

2020 Model 

2TR-FE and 2GR-FKS Engines of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma require approximately 6.2 and 6.1 quarts of 0W-20 grade engine oil, respectively.  

2011-2015 Models 

The 2TR-FE engine needs approximately 5.8 liters (6.1 quarts) of 0W-20 grade engine oil. However, you’ll need to fill almost 4.8 and 5.5 quarts of 0W-20 grade engine oil in the 4.0L V6 2WD and 4WD models of the Tacoma, respectively.  


Also read: What Is the Best Year for a Toyota Tacoma?

How long does my engine oil last? 

The engine load, engine temperature, number of miles driven, duration of the trip, vehicle speed, and engine speed are the primary factors affecting the engine oil’s lifespan. Make sure to check and replace the engine oil at manufacturer-specified intervals.  

Driving without resetting the maintenance light on the Toyota Tacoma 

You can still drive your Toyota Tacoma without resetting the maintenance light without many issues. However, keep in mind that engine oil is the lifeblood of a car, and you should replace it at specified intervals to derive the best performance out of your car. Furthermore, good engine oil guarantees the engine’s durability and longevity.  


This article is meant for informational purposes only. Before proceeding to perform repairs on your car on your own, make sure to refer to the owner’s manual of your particular model. Furthermore, if you’re still confused, take your vehicle to a qualified mechanic to solve the issue.  

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