The Honda Maintenance Minder System: Helping Honda owners keep maintenance costs in check.
What it does:
The Maintenance Minder found in Honda vehicles monitors a number of variables to determine when the time is right for you to bring your Honda in for a Genuine Honda Oil Change. When the remaining service life of your engine oil reaches 15%, you will be alerted on your dashboard by a "service due soon" message. Along with this message, a letter (A or B) indicating the required service type will appear. Depending on the mileage at the time of your required oil change, additional required maintenance items indicated by a numeric sub-symbol (1-6) will also appear. These sub symbols are accumulated between oil change intervals in order to make it convenient for you to properly maintain your Honda. Under most driving conditions, you can expect the "service due soon" message to appear every 8,000 - 12,000kms, which occurs about every 4-8 months for many drivers.
What it doesn't do:
The Maintenance Minder does not monitor the engine oil level in your Honda. Maintaining proper engine oil level is critical to preserving engine life and trouble free operation, so ensuring your engine oil is at the right level by checking it regularly is a good habit to form - please see your owner's manual for details. If it has been more than 12 months since your last oil change, Honda requires the engine oil be changed regardless of the % service oil life displayed. Also, Maintenance Minder does not monitor brake pad thickness, brake fluid condition or tire tread depth. Ensuring that these critical items are within specification is important for your safety on the road. If your brake fluid is more than 3 years old, Honda requires you have it changed. Determining the condition of any of these items is something your Honda Dealer will be pleased to assist with.
Understanding Maintenance Minder and following the recommended Honda Maintenance Schedule is the best way to ensure a happy and lengthy Honda ownership experience. Every Honda owner has different driving characteristics, which means each has their own unique service requirements. To guarantee the job is done right to meet your specific needs, your Honda Dealer will use only Genuine Honda Parts installed by Honda Factory Trained Technicians who know your Honda better than anyone else. As the primary goal of Maintenance Minder is to ensure you're maintaining the car as needed, your Honda Technician will reset the Maintenance Minder according to the type of service you have completed on your Honda. Doing so allows the system to clearly determine the next maintenance items required at your next service visit.
For further details on your specific schedule, please speak to your Honda Dealer's Service Advisor.
MAIN ITEM A Factory Recommended Maintenance Replace engine oil*
MAIN ITEM B/B1 Factory Recommended Maintenance Replace engine oil* and filter. Service front and rear brakes. Rotate tires**, inspect for wear and adjust pressure. Inspect parking brake adjustments. Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box and boots. Inspect suspension components. Inspect driveshaft boots. Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS). Check all fluid levels, condition of fluids and check for leaks. Inspect exhaust system. Inspect fuel lines and connections.
SUB-ITEM 1 Factory Recommended Maintenance Rotate tires,** inspect for wear and adjust pressure.
SUB-ITEM 2 Factory Recommended Maintenance Replace air cleaner element. Replace dust and pollen filter. Inspect and adjust drive belt.
SUB-ITEM 3 Factory Recommended Maintenance Replace automatic transmission fluid. Replace transfer case fluid (4WD only).
SUB-ITEM 6 Factory Recommended Maintenance Replace rear differential fluid (4WD only). Notes: *Use only Genuine Honda motor oil with a viscosity specific to your vehicle. **Tires may require more frequent rotation depending on driving conditions, alignment and driving habits.
SPECIFIC ADDITIONAL REQUIRED MAINTENANCE (where applicable)
Recommended services whichever comes first km/month
100,000 km Replace timing belt if vehicle is regularly driven in very low temperatures (under -29°C; -20°F, V6 only).
Every 3 years Replace brake fluid.
Every 24,000 km Replace dust and pollen filter if vehicle is regularly driven in urban areas with high concentrations of emissions from industry and diesel-powered vehicles.
Every 24,000 km Replace air cleaner element if vehicle is regularly driven in dusty conditions.
12,000 km Replace rear differential fluid and every 24,000 km thereafter if vehicle is regularly driven in mountainous areas at very low speeds, or if vehicle is frequently used tow a trailer (4WD Trucks).