How can you turn this off? The dealer said I have to have a $550 tune up which includes such difficult items such as checking my wiper blades & fluids & changing the oil & rotating the tires!! Puhleeezzze.......... I would just like to know how to turn the light off since I'm told it is a factory setting that automatically comes on.......
Re: 40,000 miles "maintenance required" light on dash
My original post to this appears to have disappeared. I have a 2004 Accord. The owners manuel on the '04 states that the Maintenance Required light is only a reminder to have the vehicle routinely serviced as you stated in your post. If you do this yourself, the light can be reset. On the '04 it is a matter of:
1) Turn off the engine,
2) Press and hold the Select/Reset knob in the instrument panel, then turn the ingnition switch to ON (Don't start the car, just turn the key to on). The Select/Reset knob is the button used to reset your odometer.
3) Hold the knob for approximately 10 seconds until the indicator resets.
This worked in the '04. It should be the same or very similar in the '05. Check the owners manuel under the Instrument Panel portion and follow that until you hit on the Maintenance Required Indicator. On the '04 it was located on pages 70 and 71. Hope this helps. CM
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The light means that the maintenance interval is over and that service is required. The procedure to turns off the light is reported on the owners manual but you are strongly advised to do service at intervals prescribed by manufacturer. Service will consist in oil change, fluids change, filters and general inspection.
Here the general procedure to reset service light.
1. Turn the ignition key to the 'OFF' position with the trip meter A reading shown.
2. Turn the ignition key to the 'ON' position while holding down the trip meter 'RESET' button.
Hold down the knob for at least 5 seconds. The odometer indicates '000000' and the light goes off.
The "Maintenance Light" comes on after your car has reached the required service miles in the book. When the dealer finishes the oil change or whatever the service is, they should have reset it. If it doesn't bother you you don't really need to turn it off.
If you want to turn it off. On some cars it's a small push button under the dash by the drivers left knee.
At only 42000 miles, there shouldn't be anything on the vehicle nearing that cost even to replace.
For service under a regularly scheduled maintenance, a tire rotation, new oil, spark plugs, brake cleaning, all fluids including the transmission, and even throw in all new exterior lighting...wouldn't cost nearly 550 dollars.
Regular Maintenance is vital to keeping your car on the road. The time and effort you put into keeping up with scheduled maintenance can save you big money in the long run. Dealer
30k, 60k or 90k mile tune-ups can run from $250 for 3-4 hours of labor
and basic maintenance, to over $1,000 at places with high labor costs and additional maintenance services, such as timing belt replacement. If the mechanic identifies needed repairs, this can add a significant amount to your total. At 90K repair shops normally replace the timing belt, or timing chain. Your car require a tune up, if you have more than 30K on it. What kind of tune up your car needs depend on how many miles do you have on your car.
Scanner must be used to turn this light off almost every parts stoor will do this at no cost to you. Hey wish you were close to me that $550. looks like a good sum to pay at 40,000. I would not pay that at all. Have the check engine light turned off and drive it till it comes on again then return to the auto parts stoor and they will read the failure code and tell you what part you need.
It depends on the engine you have. If you do not have a 100,000 mile sparkplug then replace plugs every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Or at 2 to 3 year intervals whichever comes first.
Other maintenence requires shorter times. Oil changes and filters 3000 to 5000 miles. Air filters about 12,000 miles. If you have a distributor cap and rotor about 30,000 to 40,000 miles depending on wear.
Check antifreeze strength, change antifreeze every 3 years. Always have axles and wheel bearings checked at least every 24,000 miles. Lube door hinges annually, hood release, trunklid hinges, etc.
a major service is due at 60000 miles. the light is just a reminder that maintenance is due. is it the message on the nav screen or the one on the dash cluster? if you want to turn it of, hold the trip/od button in while turning the ignition on, keep your foot off the brake, dont start the car. you will see dashes flashing where the od shows miles, hold until its done flashing. and the lite on the dash cluster will go out. it will come back on after 5000 miles. you can go online to lexus.com to review what the services are and what they involve.
Maintenance Required is a light that comes on after a predetermined number of miles. For example, if the maintenance schedule Honda set for the car calls for an oil change at 3000 miles, a new fan belt at 6000 miles, and another oil change at 9000 miles, then the maintenance required light will come on every 3000 miles and stay on until it is reset by the dealer. Some people, especially those that do their own regular maintenance but don't have a way to reset the light themselves, find this an annoyance. But others find it useful and take their cars in to the dealer every time the light comes on, and they rest assured that all of the regular maintenance is always done on time.
What this light does NOT do however is signal that there is anything immanently wrong with your car. It is not a "Check Engine" light (that's the one you should worry about if it ever comes on), but merely a reminder for you to do preventative maintenance. That doesn't mean you should *ignore* it, per se, as you want to make sure you have your car on some kind of maintenance schedule, even if yours is not as strict as Honda's. But there is no need to panic.
There are two primary reasons for cat failure; rich running or an ignition miss. Lack of maintenance is usually the cause, you should really be changing your spark plugs about every 40,000 miles even though they're platinum and the dealer recommendation is probably over 100,000. This is one of the worst mistakes manufacturers made in the last ten years, trying to market maintenance free vehicles. Spark plugs degrade and cause more unburnt gases to be released into the cat where it causes damage. The other big one is the O2 sensor, these also degrade over time and should be replaced if they're signal starts to degrade. Only an experienced tech with a scope can measure this though. It's a good idea just to replace your primary O2's every 100.000 miles. Another cause could be an engine that burns oil, if excessive amounts enter the cat it will degrade rapidly. Hope this helps.