Honda Maintenance Minder

Performing regular maintenance according to the factory-recommended Maintenance Schedule is the best way to keep your Honda running in optimal condition.

What is the Honda Maintenance Minder System?

The Maintenance Minder System uses the on-board computer to continuously monitor engine operating conditions such as speed, engine temperature, ambient temperature, time, and vehicle use to determine when an oil change and regular maintenance is necessary.

How does the Honda Maintenance Minder System work?

There is no longer a maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual. The system shows engine oil life as a percentage, which drops over time as the vehicle racks up miles. It starts out at 100% with fresh engine oil, and winds down to 0%, signaling the oil life is over. Your Honda will alert you with a visual warning light to indicate not only when the next service is due, but also what type of service is needed by a series of codes.

What Does the Oil Life Percentage Mean?

When the on-board computer determines that your Honda has reached 15% of remaining life, it will turn on the Maintenance Minder light for you. In addition, each time the vehicle is started; the information center will default and automatically display the percentage of remaining life.

Your Maintenance Minder also provides continuous information regarding the remaining oil life on your Honda’s dashboard. To learn how to access this information in your Honda, click here.

NOTE: The Maintenance Minder System does NOT monitor oil levels.

15% Service Due Soon Plan to take your vehicle to your local Honda Dealer for Service
5% Service Due Now Take your vehicle to your local Honda Dealer for Service Now.
0% Service Past Due Your vehicle Service is overdue. Take your vehicle to your local Honda Dealer for Service now.

How to Read the Maintenance Minder Codes

There are two parts to the Maintenance Minder Codes. There will always be a main-code, and at times there will be a sub-code.


A • Change Engine & Oil Filter
• Check & Set Tire Pressure
• Check Condition of Fluids (top off as needed)
• Check Wipers
• Complete Multi-Point Inspection Sheet
• Car Wash
B • Everything Included in Minder Code A
• Inspect Front & Rear Brake Linings
• Lube Locks, Hinges, Latches, and Hood Cable
• Check Parking Brake Adjustment
• Inspect Tie Rod Ends, Steering Gearbox and Boots
• Inspect Brake Hoses & Lines (including ABS/VSA)
• Check Exhaust System, Fuel Lines, and all Connections
• Perform ED-18 Honda Battery Test
1 • Rotate Tires, Check Tire Pressure and Condition
2 • Replace Engine Air Filter, Cabin Dust & Pollen Filter
• Inspect Drive Belt
3 • Replace Transmission Fluid
• Replace Transfer Case Oil (if equipped)
4 • Replace Spark Plugs and Timing Belt
• Inspect Water Pump and Adjust Valve Clearance
5 • Change Antifreeze
6 • Replace Rear/VTM-4 Differential Fluid
7 • Brake Fluid Flush


A: Once your vehicle reaches 0% the maintenance minder will begin to show negative mileage. This indicates how many miles your vehicle service is past due.
A: The maintenance minder varies by driver because everyone’s driving habit is unique. The Honda Maintenance Minder adjusts the maintenance intervals based on engine operating habits, driving habits, and the climate where the vehicle is operated in. Your Maintenance Minder will appear on your Honda’s dashboard when the oil level reaches 15%.
A: Honda recommends that you follow your Maintenance Minder. This system will not only help you but the environment with the following benefits:

  • There will be no unnecessary wasted natural resources (oil)
  • There will be no unnecessary hazardous materials that will require proper disposal (oil and filters)
  • And as a consumer you will only pay when it is necessary, saving you time and money

While you will not have to change your oil as frequently, you must be sure to check your oil levels. The Maintenance Minder System does NOT monitor oil levels.

A: Yes. The Maintenance Minder DOES NOT sense oil level. Please reference your Honda owner’s Manual recommendations for Service Station Procedures.


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