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Old 08-21-2009, 09:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

Sorry this is a basic question and can't find what I need to in search.

I don't have a monual as it did not come with my FJ for general maintenance. My engine maintenance light started flashing at start up for about 10 seconds and now stay on. It is about time for oil change so I figure that is what it is. I am going to change my oil this weekend and need to know how to reset the maintenance light. Can someone walk me through this?

I also need to know what engine oil weight to use and how many quarts is needed.
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

To clear the light: with the truck off and the keys out of the ignition press and hold the odometer/trip button on the gauges and insert the key and move it to the "on" position. Do not start the engine though. Keep holding the button until the little dots go away (you will know what Im talking about when you see it). That will clear the light
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

I'm glad the Canadian market FJ doesn't have that idiot light. You will find the procedure here:

"maintenance Required"

As far as oil, the filler cap states 5W-30. Dealerships may refill with 5W-20. Based on two years of used oil analysis, on a variety of oils, I've had the best results with Mobil 1 European Car Formula 0W-40. This oil is appropriate for all temps from winter to hot summer

However, that particular Mobil 1 is getting hard to find around here. The Canadian chain Canadian Tire carries the made in Germany Castrol Syntec 0W-30. I put in the 0W-30 back in Spring, when I change it out sometime in October I'll send a sample off, and will refill with Syntec 0W-30

I should mention that I noticed not one bit of difference in fuel economy, running either 0W-20 or 0W-40. Running Mobil 1 0W-20, I experienced a lot of nitration and the oil actually thickened up to a xW-30 range.

For bitter cold conditions, eg routine -40 temps, I'd still recommend the 0W-20. But I'd change it at least every 5,000 km
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Re: How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

Oil change with oil filter change = 5.5 quart
Oil change without oil filter change = 5.2 quart
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Re: How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

It looks like your questions were answered, but I have some answers for future questions. This link Toyota FJ Cruiser: Resources & Documentation Archive has pdfs of all
sorts of FJ info including the owners manual and repair manual. No need to
overpay someone on ebay for a used manual when you can get them for free.
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These should come in handy...

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Thanks Guys!
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Re: How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

Im sorry if his been asked million times but I cant find the imfo.
How do you check the trans oil on the automatic and why is there no dip stick? Is it worry free and just needs to be changed at intervals.
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Oh, you're going to *love* the procedure to check the fluid level!

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Re: How to reset the oil change "engine Maintenance" light

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Oh, you're going to *love* the procedure to check the fluid level!

Wow! Was somebody in Japan smokin some doobage when they came up with that?
Wadda they think it is a manual tranny?
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