2010-2015 Toyota Prius Oil Maintenance Light Reset Guide

Last Updated on June 23, 2022 by Nick

Toyota Prius is Toyota’s hybrid car that uses the latest technology from Japan. Prius is a Greek name that means in front. Toyota Prius is the first commercial car that has a hybrid concept. So are you wondering how to reset the maintenance required light on a Toyota Prius after an oil change?

Alright, today I’m going to show you how to reset the oil maintenance light on Toyota Prius. So when you start up the vehicle, it may say maintenance required, then I’ll show you how to get that to go away.

2010-2015 Toyota Prius Oil Maintenance Required Light Reset

Resetting Oil Light On Prius/Prius V/Prius PHV (2010-2015)

Time needed: 3 minutes.

So now we’re in a Toyota Prius and we’re going to be resetting the maintenance-required light that comes on the dash. So in order to do this what we have to do is:

  1. Turn on your car without starting the engine

    Put your foot off the brake and press the POWER button two times

  2. Make sure that it’s in TRIP A

    Use the TRIP button on the steering wheel to scroll through the odometer and get it to the TRIP A
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  3. Next, turn off your car

    Press the POWER button once to make it off

  4. Hold down the km/h MPH button while turning on the car again

    Then you need to press and hold the km/h MPH button and then at the same time you’re going to press the POWER button twice again without pressing the brake
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  5. Continue to hold the km/h MPH button

    Keep holding the km/h MPH button while the reset is in progress and until you are told that the reset is complete

How To Reset Maintenance Light in Prius C

In this section, I will tell you how to reset the maintenance light on the PRIUS C (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). It’s slightly different than the other Toyota’s but almost exactly the same. So to do it on this particular model is pretty simple. The first what you want to do is:

  • Put it on to power but don’t turn on the engine
  • Then hit the TRIP button until it comes on ODO, not on Trip A or Trip B
  • Now I’ll go ahead and turn it off
  • After that, you have to turn on the car again then you’re gonna press the TRIP button three times and hold it on the third one
  • Keep holding the button and you’ll see it’s flashing reset in counting down then it’s zero and you’re done

For your info, this operation work for the third generation of the Toyota Prius (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 model years) and applies to the Prius V, Prius C, and Prius PHV. The model from 2016 to 2023 is somewhat different, but I’ll do my best to provide you with a link here.

What kind and how many quarts of oil does Prius take?

Only one engine is available throughout the five Toyota Prius trim levels: a 1.8L four-cylinder engine is standard in all models. The oil type you’ll be using is SAE 0W-20 full synthetic. The short-term solution if 0W-20 is unavailable is to utilize SAE 5W-20.

The Toyota Prius uses 4.4 quarts of oil with a filter to meet the minimum requirements. Ideally, you should change your Prius’ oil every 10,000 miles or 12 months.

What does check hybrid system light mean?

Whenever the check hybrid system light illuminates on a Toyota Prius, it means that the hybrid system has encountered a problem. You should not exceed 40 mph in the car and should not turn on the air conditioning. 

Do a vehicle scan first if you have the OBD scanner tool. Write down any codes that the scan generates. Unplugging the battery for 2 minutes may help if there isn’t a scanner tool around. However, this will reset all the codes. A typical issue is a hybrid battery with damaged cells, for which the average dealer charges between $3K and $5K to repair plus $125 for a diagnosis.

Yellow Triangle Warning Lights

A yellow triangle might indicate several things on the Toyota Prius. Low oil levels in your automobile are one of them. Warning lights like this one should be seen as a sign that something is wrong and must be fixed.

While warning lights might be unsettling for drivers, they do not always indicate immediate danger. This color is used for more significant warnings that need urgent attention or the need to pull over and addressed. As a result, a warning light and sound with a red flashing light are more serious. If you’re unsure about the source of the alert, it’s recommended to get your automobile checked out by a technician.

FAQ – Toyota Prius Oil Maintenance

Do you need to change the oil filter when changing the oil?

Yes, you must replace the oil filter simultaneously as the engine oil changes. I was changing the filter costs between $4 and $10.

What kind of transmission fluid does a Prius take?

The transmission fluid in the 2012 Toyota Prius is the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Toyota Type-IV. This is a synthetic fluid that will protect your transmission’s gears well.

Is there a serpentine belt on the 2012 Toyota Prius?

The serpentine belt is absent from the Toyota Prius 2012 model year model. Models produced from late 2008 to early 2009 no longer had a serpentine belt. On the other hand, a timing chain is part of the vehicle. In theory, the chain should endure for the car’s whole life.

So that’s all you need to do. I hope that was helpful; there are many steps to that, so if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day.


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