When you need Honda Service?
Performing regular maintenance according to the factory-recommended Maintenance Schedule is the best way to keep your Honda running in optimal condition.
Each vehicle has its own maintenance needs, so Honda develops specific maintenance schedules based on model equipment, such as transmission choice or the addition of a towing package.
The Maintenance Schedule calculates service needs based on your car’s mileage. It checks engine operating conditions and helps coordinate oil service dates and other maintenance check-ups. Prevent problems before they occur.
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Check out our Q&A and enjoy the advanced answers that our Honda automotive representatives have for you! If you have any questions, you can always reach out to our service department in Paramus, NJ or contact us online. We will gladly answer any questions that you do not see on here!
Q: The Oil Change Station recommends that I change my oil every 3,000 miles. Why shouldn't I believe them?
A: The 3,000-mile oil change is the usual standard. Have one of our Honda automotive technicians look over your vehicle and maybe we can come to a solid conclusion.
Q: Typically my Honda Maintenance Minder light comes on at 6,500 miles, but I see that it has appeared at 4,500 miles. What should I do?
A: Honda always recommends that you follow your Maintenance Minder. If you do choose to maintain your vehicle early, be sure that the Maintenance Minder light resets. Keeping the main-codes and sub-codes synchronized will help you in the long run.
Q: The Honda Maintenance Minder is telling me I need a 'B' Service. Is there going to be an issue if I choose to only do the 'A' Service?
A: Yes. The Maintenance Minder is not an oil change indicator. The Maintenance Minder recommends for the entire vehicle's maintenance. When proper maintenance is followed you realize the following benefits:
Q: What do I do if I had the improper/not recommended service finished?
A: If the Maintenance Minder light was reset then that means that maintenance schedule will also reset. After this is done, the Honda Maintenance Minder will no longer be able to predict the required maintenance accurately. The experts at our dealership can reset the Honda Maintenance Minder for you. Resetting the Maintenance Minder is not as simple as Resetting the dash light. Your Honda automotive technician will have to use the Honda Diagnostic System (HSD) Computer and ensure a forced activation. The activation will allow your vehicle to have proper time and mileage set.
Q: I do my oil changes myself. Should I reset the Maintenance Minder?
A: The Maintenance Minder is not an oil change indicator. The Maintenance Minder is intended to remind us of all maintenance requests. If your Maintenance Minder indicates that service is due it is imperative that you complete the recommended service and reset the Maintenance Minder light.
Q: I use Synthetic Oil when I do my oil changes. Should I expect to be able to drive more in between oil changes? I am mainly wondering how long will it be until the Honda Maintenance Minder registers that service is due?
A: Honda does not recommend synthetic oil. Your Honda car, truck, or SUV is engineered to run correctly on the oil type recommended in your owner's manual so it would be best to follow that. The Maintenance Minder calculates your vehicles needs based on the recommended oil by Honda engineers that created your engine. Using synthetic oil will not extend the time between your service.
Q: My partner and I equally share our Maintenance Minder Honda, does the system average our driving styles to determine when the Maintenance is needed?
A: No. The Maintenance Minder is an intelligent system that continuously monitors every drive cycle.
Q: I have taken my car, truck, or SUV to a non-Honda department and received an oil change. The service center I visited did not know how to reset the Honda Maintenance Minder light. Can my Honda dealership reset this for me?
A: It is necessary to complete all work that the Maintenance Minder requires. Your local Honda dealership will always handle all of the recommended maintenance is taken care of before you leave.
Q: Should I check my oil levels with the Honda Maintenance Minder System?
A: The Maintenance Minder, unfortunately, cannot directly sense oil level. Always reference your Honda owner's manual recommendations for Service Station Procedures.
Q: I have driven 6,000 miles since my last oil change service, and the light has not appeared. However, when checking the oil it seemed to be dirty, what should I do?
A: Under regular conditions and depending on driving conditions there is the possibility that the oil may appear discolored, but this is not something to worry about.
Q: I need to know what the next recommended service on my Honda will be. Can a Honda automotive technician assist me?
A: Of course. Our Honda service advisors and automotive technicians will use the Forced Activation mode to determine what your next recommended services are. The option to check this will work if your oil life is at a range between 100% and 16%. If your model reached 15%, your next recommended service would automatically turn on!
Q: How does the Honda Maintenance Minder work?
A: Honda no longer has a 'suggested maintenance time/mileage plan'. To save New Jersey drivers time and money Honda produced the Maintenance Minder system to show the engine oil life in the information display, letting the owner of the vehicle know when the engine oil needs replacing and maintenance is due. Your transportation shows engine oil life as a percentage. Your car will begin with 100% oil life, and as you miles accrue on the vehicle it will wind down to 0% signaling that time to for an oil change is now.
Q: How does the Honda Maintenance Minder know when the 0% trigger Occurs?
A: The onboard computer system in your car continuously monitors the engine working conditions such as ambient temperature, engine, time and the Honda vehicle use. The operation will count down the vehicles oil life based on these factors as mentioned above to decipher when an engine oil change and maintenance is required.
Q: How do I Operate the Maintenance Minder System?
A: As the onboard computer always watches the car, your Maintenance Minder provides continuous information regarding the remaining oil life in the car. You can press the Select/Reset knob on the information display to see your oil use progression. To return to the odometer press the Select/Reset knob. Also, each time your car is turned on, the information center will display the amount of remaining oil left on your ride! When the onboard computer determines the vehicle has reached 15% remaining oil life, it will turn the Maintenance Minder Light and codes on for you.
Q: What happens to the Maintenance Minder if I do not perform Maintenance when the remaining life gets to 0%?
A: Once your car reaches 0%, the maintenance minder will begin to show negative mileage. The minder indicates how many miles your vehicle service is late.
Q: Along with the Wrench Symbol and the Percentage of remaining life, there is sometimes a letter, and a number displayed. What do these symbols mean?
A: The display code will show all maintenance items. You will find that your vehicle features both a main-code and a sub-code. When your Maintenance Minder turns on, the main-code will always pop up, and at times there will be a sub-code.
Q: Why will there always be a Main-Code?
A: The system has been created to maximize customer satisfaction. The main-codes are specific to each user and are triggered based on the vehicles operating condition.
Q: Why is there only sometimes a Sub-Code?
A: The sub-code details are related to the maintenance schedules of the past, based on a time and mileage schedule. The Maintenance Minder calculates time as it factors vehicle usage and will either move up or delay the sub-code, so these automotive services occur at the same time as the main code. For example, if the tire rotations are usually taken care of at 7,500 miles, but your oil life ends at 6,500, the system will move up the tire rotation; saving you from having to return every 1,000 miles or putting off maintenance for 5,500 miles.
Q: How many Miles can I expect to go between oil changes when using the Maintenance Minder System?
A: The maintenance minder varies because it is based on individual driving habits. The Honda Maintenance Minder services the maintenance intervals based on engine operating techniques, driving habits and the weather conditions that the vehicle exists in. People that combine city and highway driving will need maintenance at approximately 6,000 miles. If you keep constant driving habits, you can expect your mileage between services to remain the same.
Q: I change my oil every 3,000 miles. How will the Honda Maintenance Minder help me?
A: Honda will always direct you to follow your maintenance plan. The maintenance system will not only help the driver but will offer the following benefits:
There will be no additional wasted natural resources (oil) or hazardous materials that will need proper disposal (oil and filters). And as a customer you will only pay when it is necessary, saving you time and money in the long run!