Honda Maintenance Minder


The best way to get the most out of your Honda vehicle is to follow the factory-recommended service maintenance schedule. In the past, this schedule was included in your vehicle’s owner’s manual and was a “one size fits all” approach to vehicle maintenance. While it was a helpful guideline, it didn’t consider your driving habits, driving environment, the particular systems your Honda is equipped with, or the average length and speed of your typical Mahwah, NJ commutes. So, Honda developed the Maintenance Minder System. How does Honda Maintenance Minder work? Read on for more information, including how to reset the Honda Civic Maintenance Minder. You can contact us or visit our Nanuet service center with any questions about the Honda Maintenance Minder codes.

How Does Honda Maintenance Minder Work?

Honda Maintenance Minder is a computerized system of sensors stationed throughout your vehicle that monitor mileage, engine conditions, and driving habits to arrive at a customized interval of service maintenance items that appear as alerts on your dashboard via a code system to let you know when your Honda is due for service and what items need to be addressed. When the lighted wrench symbol appears on your dash, it will be followed by the remaining life of your oil and a set of service codes.

How to Check the Honda Maintenance Minder: Oil Life

Oil is the lifeblood of your engine, and when fresh, it keeps moving parts from wearing down prematurely. Old, dirty, or improper oil can expose your engine to excessive wear or worse, so knowing when to change your oil is vital to your vehicle’s longevity.

Your Honda Maintenance Minder compiles your vehicle’s data, displays the remaining oil life percentage on your instrument gauge, and alerts you when your oil needs to be changed. Here is a guide to your Honda’s Oil Life Alert:

Oil LifeMessageWhat To Do
15%Maintenance/Service Due SoonThe engine oil is approaching the end of its service life, and the maintenance items should be inspected and serviced soon.
5%Maintenance/Service Due NowThe engine oil has almost reached the end of its service life, and the maintenance items should be inspected and serviced as soon as possible.
0%Maintenance/Service Past Due
(Mileage Past Due Shows)
The engine oil life has passed. The maintenance items must be inspected and serviced immediately.

It’s useful to know how to check the Honda Maintenance Minder to get an idea of when your vehicle needs to be serviced. To view your vehicle’s oil use progression, press the Select/Reset knob on the information display.

Honda Maintenance Minder Codes

How does Honda Maintenance Minder work? In addition to the wrench symbol and the oil life indicator, Honda Maintenance Minder codes may also appear on your instrument display. These consist of a Main Code followed by Sub Codes, each symbolizing a particular maintenance item that needs to be performed. Learn more about the meaning of each code below:

CodeWhat To Do
AChange Engine Oil and Filter
Includes Battery Test And Multi-Point Inspection
BChange Engine Oil and Filter
Inspect Front and Rear Brakes
Check Parking Brake Adjustment
Inspect Tie Rod Ends, Steering Gearbox, and Boots
Inspect Suspension Components
Inspect Driveshaft Boots
Inspect All Fluid Levels and Condition of Fluids
Includes Battery Test And Multi-Point Inspection
OInspect Front and Rear Brakes
Check Expiration Date on Tire Repair Kit Bottle (if equipped)
Inspect Suspension Components
Inspect Other Items Specific to Your Vehicle.

Sub Codes

CodeWhat To Do
1Rotate Tires
2Replace the Air Cleaner Element, Check the Drive Belt, Replace the Dust and Pollen Filter
3Replace the Transmission Fluid and Transfer Fluid (if equipped)
4Replace the Spark Plugs, Replace the Timing Belt (if equipped), Inspect the Water Pump, Inspect Valve Clearance
5Replace the Engine Coolant
6Replace Rear Differential Fluid (if equipped)
7Replace the Brake Fluid
9Inspection of Hydrogen Tank (Clarity Fuel Cell only)

How to Reset Honda Civic Maintenance Minder

If you’re wondering how to check Honda Maintenance Minder or reset the system, the process can vary depending on your specific model. For example, here’s how to reset the Honda Civic Maintenance Minder:

  1. Set the power mode to ON.
  2. Press the HOME button.
  3. Roll the left selector wheel until WRENCH is displayed.
  4. Press the left selector wheel to go to the Honda Maintenance Minder screen.
  5. Press and hold the left selector wheel for roughly 10 seconds to enter the reset mode.
  6. Roll the left selector wheel to choose a maintenance item to reset. You can also select CANCEL to end the process.
  7. For other items you wish to reset, repeat steps 5 and 6.

Schedule Service at DCH Honda of Nanuet

Has your Honda Maintenance Minder indicated that it’s time for service? The factory-trained experts at DCH Honda of Nanuet have you covered. We’re conveniently located near Suffern and New City, so schedule an appointment with us today. While you’re here, check out our service specials.

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