To help vehicle owners know when scheduled maintenance is due, Honda has introduced the maintenance minder system in these models:
- 2006 - 2010 Accord, Civic & Ridgeline
- 2007 - 2010 Fit, CR-V & Element
- 2005 - Odyssey
- 2006 - 2011 Pilot
- 2010 Insight
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Q: The oil change station recommends that I change my oil every 3,000 miles. Why should I not believe them?
A: The 3,000 mile oil change is a very conservative approach to maintaining your vehicle that dates back to 1968. Since then, there has been much advancement in both oil technology and engine design. These advancements, along with the Honda Maintenance Minder, allow you to increase maintenance intervals without risking harm to your engine. In addition, as your Honda dealer, we are trained by Honda and specialize in Honda, this allows your dealer to know your car better than non-Honda service facilities.
Q: Typically my Honda Maintenance Minder light comes on at 6,500 miles, but I am only at 4,500 miles and am going on vacation. I want to get my service done before I go. What should I do?
A: It is recommended that you follow the Honda Maintenance Minder. However, should you choose to have maintenance performed early, be sure to reset the Maintenance Minder light - this will keep the main-codes and sub-codes synchronized.
Q: The Honda Maintenance Minder is telling me I need a "B" service. I choose to have only an "A" service complete. Is there a problem?
A: Yes. The Honda Maintenance Minder is not just an "oil change" indicator, it makes recommendations for the entire vehicle's maintenance. Main and sub codes will get out of harmony and the Maintenance Minder cannot properly predict required maintenances. When proper maintenance is followed, you will realize the following benefits:
Q: What do I do if I had the improper/not recommended service completed?
A: If you reset the Honda Maintenance Minder light, you reset the maintenance schedule of your vehicle. By doing this, the Honda Maintenance Minder will not be able to properly predict required maintenance. Your Honda dealer can reset the Honda Maintenance Minder system. Resetting the system is not as simple as resetting the dash light, and you may be charged. Your Honda dealer will have to use a computer called the Honda Diagnostic System (HDS) to complete what is called a forced activation - this will allow your vehicle to have proper time and mileage set with the current maintenance completion.
When the dash light is reset, the input tells the on-board computer that ALL required maintenance was performed. The Maintenance Minder system will not allow for line-item maintenance, the system requires maintenance completion as indicated.
Q: I change my own oil. Should I reset the light?
A: The Honda Maintenance Minder is not just an oil change indicator, it reminds us of all maintenance requirements. If you change your oil, it is important that you complete all Honda Maintenance Minder recommendations and reset the light.
Q: I use synthetic oil. Should I expect to get more miles before the Honda Maintenance Minder indicates that I need an oil change?
A: Honda does not recommend the use of synthetic oils as your Honda was designed and engineered based on the oil recommended in your owner's manual. The Honda Maintenance Minder calculates your vehicle's needs based on the oil recommended by the Honda engineers that designed your engine. The use of synthetic oil will not extend the oil change interval.
Q: My husband and I equally share our Maintenance Minder Honda, does the system average our driving styles to determine when maintenance is due?
A: No. The Honda Maintenance Minder is an intelligent system and monitors every drive cycle. A drive cycle is defined as each time the car is turned on and off.
Q: I have taken my vehicle to a non-Honda facility and had the oil changed, the facility did not know how to reset the Honda Maintenance Minder light. Will my Honda dealer reset it for me?
A: That depends. It is very important that all recommended maintenance be completed, if more than just an oil change was necessary, your Honda dealer would be doing you a disservice by resetting the light as the light is not just an oil change indicator - it monitors the complete maintenance requirements of your vehicle.
In addition, if you racked up miles before you came to the dealer, there has been wear and degradation of the oil in your vehicle - your Honda dealer may have to change the oil again to properly set your Honda Maintenance Minder.
Q: Do I have to check my oil level with the Honda Maintenance Minder System?
A: Yes. The system does not sense oil level. Please follow the owner's manual recommendations for Service Station Procedures.
Q: I have driven 6,000 miles since my last maintenance, and the light has not come on. When checking the oil, it looked dirty. What do I do?
A: The oil may discolor under normal conditions, depending on driving conditions. This is a normal condition.
Q: I have a need to know what the next recommended service will be. Can the Honda technician tell me?
A: Yes. Your Honda technician has been trained on the Honda Maintenance Minder and will use the Forced Activation mode to determine what the next recommended services are. The option to check this will only work between 100% oil life and 16% oil life, as when the system gets to 15%, it automatically turns on.
Q: My Honda is equipped with break-in oil, should I change it early?
A: No. To ensure proper engine break-in, the factory-fill engine oil needs to remain in the engine until the first scheduled maintenance interval. The factory fill oil is the same as Honda Service Replacement Oil. The difference is the Molybdenum lubricant that is applied to specific internal engine components.