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You’re driving along in your Honda, and a wrench light appears on your dashboard with the words “Maintenance Due Soon.” There’s also a letter and/or a number. Panic immediately sets in because you don’t know what any of these warning lights mean. They are part of Honda’s Maintenance Minder system.
This system monitors engine operating conditions to determine when your car needs an oil change or regular maintenance. There are main item codes “A” and “B”, and sub item codes 1 through 7. Some vehicles have fewer sub item codes. There’s also an oil life indicator that tells you how much oil you have left.
A – Replace just your engine oil.
B – Replace your engine oil and filter, and inspect various parts of your car. These parts include your front and rear brakes, tie-rod ends, steering gearbox and gearbox boots, suspension components, driveshaft boots, brake hoses and lines, fluid levels and the condition of the fluids, exhaust system, and fuel lines and connections.
1 – Rotate your tires. Follow the pattern shown in your owner’s manual.
2 – Replace your air cleaner element*. If you drive primarily in dusty conditions, replace it every 15,000 miles. -Replace your dust and pollen filter*. It should be replaced whenever airflow from the heating and air conditioning system is less than normal. If you drive in mostly urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from the industry and from diesel-powered vehicles, replace it every 15,000 miles. -Inspect your drive belt. Look for cracks and damage, then check the position of the drive belt auto-tensioner indicator.
3 – Replace your transmission fluid and transfer fluid*. Driving in mountain areas at low speeds or towing a lot results in higher transmission temperatures. This requires you to change your fluid more frequently than what’s recommended by the Maintenance Minder system.
4 – Replace your spark plugs. Inspect your valve clearance (when your engine is cold).
5 – Replace your engine coolant. Use Honda Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. If necessary, add Honda Extreme Cold Weather Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2 as needed for prolonged cold temperatures below -22° F.
6 – Replace your rear differential fluid* (with AWD).
7 – Replace your brake fluid*. Make sure the brake fluid level is between the upper and lower marks on the reservoir.
*Not available on all models.
Oil Life 15% – Service is due soon.
Oil Life 5% – Service is due immediately.
Oil Life 0% – Service is past due.
After you change your oil, press and hold the “Sel/Reset” button until the indicator reads 100%. If you keep driving when your oil runs out, your engine could fail or other significant damage can occur to your vehicle. Many cars today can drive between 5,000 and 7,5000 before needing an oil change, and some can drive up to 10,000 miles. You should check your oil every three months or 3,000 miles.
Whatever maintenance is due on your car, you should get it taken care of as soon as possible. You can fix some issues yourself, and others require help from a mechanic. Never ignore dashboard warning lights, because the issue can grow and become much more expensive to fix. Regular maintenance will keep your car running smoothly for as long as possible, and you’ll be safe on the road.
Learn More in St. Paul, MN
If you want to learn more about Honda’s Maintenance Minder system, come visit us here at Buerkle Honda in St. Paul, MN! We can also tell you about any of our great models, and set you up with a test drive with a few. We’re here to help you find a vehicle that matches your lifestyle perfectly. And, every new and used vehicle purchase or lease also includes valuable Buerkle Rewards+ benefits. That program is not offered at our local competitors, so stop in today to learn more about it! We’re close to Minneapolis, Inver Grove, and Blaine.