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This is surely a stupid question, but I could use some input. Last week my "maintenance required" light flickered when I turned on the engine. So I called the dealer and made an appointment. They said that happens 500 miles before the real due date (5,000 miles?), then the light turns solid (and stays on). So I made an appointment, and thought, hey, I'll need to make a 600 mile trip before that, but I'll be only 100 miles over the due mileage. But less than 100 miles later, the light turned solid. And according to the sticker on my windshield, it looks like I've reached the mileage. The earliest appointment I could get is next Monday, but I need to take a 600 mile trip this weekend.

Should I just drive another 600 miles before taking the car in for maintenance? Is there way to check whether the oil is still good?

I can't change the oil or otherwise work on my car in the parking lot in my apartment complex. So I'll have to take the car somewhere.
 

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Just drive it.

The idiot light is just there to make the dealer money sooner than necessary anyway.

Oil changes are crucial, but 7500 miles is pretty much the norm anymore. Check the level and make sure it's good... then go on your trip.
 

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Even though they tell you 10K in the manual, they want you in at 5K to charge you too much to rotate tires.
Look in the manual and you can reset the light.

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10K is the recommended OCI according to Toyota. 5K is just a check-up, making sure fluids are at correct levels, tire rotation etc., not much going on. I went for my 35K mile and the service writer even told me that if I had nothing going on with the car, he could send me on my way if I wanted.
 

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The light should not be the only "warning" to rely on for maintenance. Check the oil level physically every 1000 miles (at least 30 minutes after being shut off on a level surface).
At 4500 miles, if the oil level is clearly above the bottom/low level mark, you're okay. If not, add a half-quart before the trip.
 
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5k oil change interval is also required for severe service users.

Obviously, nothing wrong with taking a trip if all your fluids are full and tire PSI is correct.

I wouldn't exceed 10k on the oil while under warranty.

Appointment? any shop can do a service. Just go thru a fast lube drive thru.
 

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Yep. Mine just went off at 5K. It doesn't know you don't have dino oil in there.

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