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check engine light

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by awoit, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. Jan 16, 2009 at 5:08 PM
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    awoit

    awoit [OP] Well-Known Member

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    ok so i know how to get rid of the light because i did it already when my 5k miles came on, now im at 16600 and its coming on, this is the first time ive seen it blinking while the engine starts up but it could have happened earlier, is this just a reminder for replacing your oil and it comes back every 5k miles or could this be something else??
     
  2. Jan 16, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    TRD4x4858

    TRD4x4858 Taco Traitor!

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    Theres a huge difference between the Maintenance light and the Check engine light
     
  3. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:00 PM
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    awoit

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    im srry maintenance required light :eek:
     
  4. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:15 PM
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    CtryBoyInMT

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    Not to hijack the thread, just want to expand on it.

    Does anyone know if the Maint Reqd light serves any other function than the change oil reminder? I asked one dealer tech a while back and he said no, but I take that as hear say since the dealers typically don't know much.
    Background:
    My girlfriend was driving my truck the other day (I know I know, but she's a farm girl and can probably handle a 13 Spd Fuller better than I so I trust her). And the Maint Reqd light came on and she actually stopped to call me before she drove any further. I told her that the oil just needed to be changed soon.
    Question:
    If this is the only reason, why didn't they just label the light "Change Oil"?
    And because or because it would make sense, is not a valid answer!!!
     
  5. Jan 16, 2009 at 7:17 PM
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    CtryBoyInMT

    CtryBoyInMT Lifetime Member

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    It blinks 500 miles prior to being constant on, unless a smarter person than I replies.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2009 at 9:53 PM
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    zmtnbik

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    It is only reminder for changing the OIL. The reason that they labeled it Maintenance and not change oil, is that too many women driving Tacoma's were calling the service department asking what the 7I0 light was :rofl:

    In all seriousness, it's probably a marketing ploy. If you say maintenance, the victim will take the truck to Toyota for "maintenance" at which time the sleazy tech will try to sell you the blinker fluid flush, muffler bearing replacement and tire rotation.

    It's just a friendly reminder, since we are all soo forgetful these days.
     
  7. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:04 AM
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    Budisweiser

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    Does this light reset when the oil is changed/filter or is it flashed somehow by the dealer to turn it off? Reason is I had my first oil change at walmart and the maintanence light remained on. I disconnected the battery which reset the light.
     
  8. Jan 18, 2009 at 7:37 AM
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    CRFan1

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    Yeah...can this thing be reset easily?
     
  9. Jan 18, 2009 at 8:02 AM
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    Marc M

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    Yes it can. While the instructions are in your owners manual, I will expound.

    Turn you truck off with your key, then, push in and hold your trip meter reset button, turn your key on but don't start the truck. The mileage display will start to flash dashes. It will count down the dashes as it flashes. When it comes up with this 0000000 you can release the reset button and the light will go out.

    Marc M
     
  10. Jan 18, 2009 at 8:56 AM
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    Well done, I know is difficult for some members to actually open up the glove box, unzip the nice little Tacoma case and open up the manual.

    There is a reason that RTFM has become so commonplace, because NOBODY does it!!
     
  11. Jan 18, 2009 at 9:44 AM
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    Thanks man...hey I just got my truck and haven't had time to read the manual in detail yet. :D
     
  12. Jan 18, 2009 at 10:39 AM
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    Yours has a zipper?!?!?!?
     
  13. Jan 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM
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    Sure, nice leatherette zippered pouch with the Toyota emblem embossed on the front...

    Marc M
     
  14. Jan 18, 2009 at 12:51 PM
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    Mines got a flap.

    Flap...Flap...Flap...


    And I'll add to the Main't Reqd light on what is not in the owners manual.
    if you hold the trip reset button, each 0 is 1000 miles. So for only 1,000 before light activation = 0||||| / 00|||=2,000 / Etc...
     
  15. Jan 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM
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    i just got stuck in a ditch, and had my differental lockers on the whole time. about 10 tens later the check engine light came on..
    any ideas?? :confused:
     
  16. Jan 22, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    Yours has a case?
     
  17. Jan 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM
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    island808

    island808 Me l've got brains.

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    I realized after like.. 30 years of car manual having, that ya don't use those things often enough to take up 90% of your front seat storage.. Started storing them in the back, with spare tire.. etc, depending on car.


    So anyone know if the maintenance light is a simple timer/odometer or does it actually do some calculation other than
    10 -1
    20 go to 1
     
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