Honda Warning Lights: Maintenance Minders

Honda is dedicated to making sure its drivers get the best experience possible from driving our vehicles. A big part of the joy of driving a Honda is the longevity of the car’s life – they just keep going and going! In order to really extend the life of your car, van, truck or SUV, Honda has created an internal system to help drivers better follow the maintenance schedule for their vehicle. They call it the Maintenance Minder.

A reminder built right into your information display

The Maintenance Minder system monitors the vehicle through its on-board computer in order to let you know when it’s time to change the oil or perform regular maintenance. In some Honda models, a small yellow wrench symbol will light up near the other indicator lights on the instrument panel, along with a letter and number indicating the type of maintenance that is due on the car. Older Honda models will show a letter and number combination, letting you know it’s time to bring it into the service shop. When the icon appears, simply press the Select/Reset button until you see the related code.

How it works

The system monitors the life of your oil since the most recent oil change. Starting at 100%, it will track the operating conditions of the engine (speed, temperature, time and use) and count down the life of the oil as you use the vehicle.  Whenever the engine is started, you’ll be given a percentage of the oil life remaining – at 15% the Maintenance Minder light will come on. At 0%, the minder will begin to show negative mileage, letting you know how far your vehicle is past due for service.

Codes for all service reminders

The great value of the Maintenance Minder is that it lets you know what services are needed when, making sure you stay on top of the required maintenance to extend the life of your car. The diiferent letter and number combinations indicate different needs:

Main-Codes What it Means
A Replace engine oil
B Replace the Engine Oil, Oil Filter, Inspect Front and Rear Brakes,  Check the Parking Brake Adjustment, Inspect other items specific to the  Vehicle
Number Code What it means
1 Rotate Tires
2 Replace the Air Cleaner Element, Check the Drive Belt, Replace the Dust and Pollen Filter
3 Replace the Transmission Fluid and Transfer Fluid (if equipped)
4 Replace the Spark Plugs, Replace the Timing Belt (if equipped), Inspect the Water Pump, Inspect Valve Clearance
5 Replace the Engine Coolant
6 Replace Rear Differential Fluid (if equipped)

Sticking to the regular maintenance of your vehicle extends its life and helps increase its resale value. To learn more about why regular maintenance is important, check out this earlier post from our blog.
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