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Posted by Jean B. on December 20, 2005, 1:07 pm
richard schumacher wrote:

Thanks.  I did check the oil, which was okay.  Next up:
tires.  (I am discounting the fact that it is winter, because
our weather is not as cold as it was before my appt--and I was
already aware of a drop in MPG because of that.)

Jean B.

Posted by B. Peg on December 24, 2005, 8:53 pm

That's what my dealer did at the 5K.  They let out around 10 psi form the
normal 40-41 psi I carry.
They also changed my next service to 8000 miles so I'm guessing the didn't
use synthetic oil either.  This 8000 mile change is really going to mess up
my dash's 5K "Service Needed"  (?)  lamp which will now be out of sync with
the dealer's service intervals.  Next time it comes on will be 10K but with
their 8K service and then the subsequent lamp at 11K, it really will be


Posted by Jean B. on December 25, 2005, 12:37 am
 B. Peg wrote:

That WILL be annoying.  I got tired of seeing that Service
Needed (or was it Maintenance Required?) light.  It would be
nice if you could just hit a button and tell it to go away.
I also wouldn't be too amused if I had to go back every 3000

Jean B.

Posted by richard schumacher on December 25, 2005, 5:46 pm

Don't go back at 8K miles.  Go back when the Prius maintenance guide
says to go, whether by mileage or by time, and let the dealer worry
about his own boat payments.

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on December 25, 2005, 4:02 pm
 The Maint Reqd light on the 2004-current US Prius will blink at 4500
miles since last reset, and stay on solid at 5000 miles since last
reset.  It is just there to remind you to have your vehicle serviced
(oil/filter change and tire rotation).  It isn't telling you that
anything is wrong with your car.

If your dealer forgets to reset it (my dealer prints a reminder on the
work order for the tech to reset it), or if you go to an independent
mechanic or DIY, the instructions (it's a sequence of button presses)
are available:

Page 122-123 of the US 2004 Prius Owner's Manual (Section 2-5
"Operation of Instruments and Controls: Gauges, Meters and Service
Reminder Indicators", item (j) in the "Service reminder indicators and
warning buzzers" section.



page 14 of the User-Guide:

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