Honda Maintenance Minder
To help Honda owners know when Scheduled Maintenance is due, Honda has introduced the Maintenance Minder System. Honda no longer has a ‘recommended maintenance schedule’. Instead, to help save time and money, the Honda Maintenance Minder system keeps track of engine oil life, letting vehicle owners know when the engine oil needs replacing and maintenance is due. The Honda Maintenance Minder System shows engine oil life as a percentage. Your vehicle will start with 100% oil life and, as you put miles on the vehicle, the percentage will wind down to 0% signaling the oil life is over.
The lighted wrench on your dashboard is just one component of the Maintenance Minder system which calculates when you should have your next service. Watch the video for a quick explanation of the system and how it can help you keep your vehicle in prime condition.
Understanding Honda’s Maintenance Minder and following the factory-recommended Maintenance Minder system in your Honda Owner’s Manual is the best way to ensure a happy and lengthy Honda ownership experience. Every Honda owner has different driving styles which results in unique service requirements. To guarantee the job is done right to meet your Honda’s needs, Wilde Honda Sarasota will use only Genuine Honda Parts installed by Honda Factory Trained Technicians who know your Honda better than anyone else. Regular scheduled maintenance helps prevent problems before they occur.
For further details on your specific schedule, please speak to your Wilde Honda Sarasota service advisor.
Preventive Maintenance for Your Honda
Here are some simple steps you can follow to keep your Honda running well all year long:
Engine oil (orange loop dipstick)
Weekly or when you stop for gas. Add oil if the level is below the lower mark.
Weekly or when you stop for gas. Check the reserve tank; don’t remove the radiator cap – the fluid is hot and may gush out.
Windshield washer fluid (blue cap)
Monthly. Frequent users should check each time they get gas.
Automatic transmission fluid (yellow loop dipstick)
Brake fluid (large gray cap)
Monthly. Low brake fluid could indicate a problem. Take your Honda to a dealer for service immediately.
Clutch fluid (small gray cap, manual transmission only)
Power steering fluid (red cap)
Monthly. Check pressure. Check tread for uneven or excessive wear and foreign objects.
Monthly. Check condition (level of fluid or color of the indicator). Check terminals for corrosion.
Weekly. Turn it on for a short time.
Monthly. Check them all — head, tail, parking, and brake lights, high-mount brake light, turn signals, back up and license plate lights.
The replaceable oil filter traps contaminants and keeps them from circulating throughout the engine. Honda recommends using Honda Genuine Oil Filters.
Choosing a Motor Oil
Lighter oils flow easier once the cold engine starts, bringing vital lubrication to moving parts. Please consult your Honda owner’s manual for the recommended motor oil for your model.
Engine Oil Additives
Today’s engine oils are formulated to maximize performance. Additives are unnecessary and increase the cost of operation.
Using oils and fluids other than what is recommend by Honda, not following Honda’s recommended maintenance schedules, and performing services not recommended by Honda can adversely affect the performance and durability of your Honda vehicle.
Always use the recommended viscosity engine oil that displays the API Certification Seal. Your owner’s manual indicates which viscosity is best for your Honda. Honda Genuine Oil is the preferred lubricant for your vehicle which will help provide optimum engine protection.
Perform engine oil changes only in accordance with each vehicle’s maintenance schedule and/or Maintenance Minder recommendations. Consult your Owner’s Manual for your vehicle’s specific maintenance information.
Your vehicle does not require any engine oil additives. Additives may adversely affect the engine performance and durability.
If a vehicle is properly maintained, there is absolutely no benefit to flushing the engine lubrication system as a maintenance procedure. This procedure may adversely affect engine performance and durability.
Synthetic Motor Oil
You may use synthetic motor oil if it meets the recommended viscosity or weight for your vehicle and it displays the API Certification Seal for gasoline engines. You must follow Honda’s recommended oil and filter change intervals shown in your owner’s manual.
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Automatic Transmission Fluid
Use only Honda Genuine ATF DW-1 automatic transmission fluid. Do not mix with other transmission fluids. Using transmission fluids other than Honda Genuine ATF DW-1 may cause deterioration in transmission operation and durability that could result in damage to the transmission.
Perform automatic transmission fluid changes only in accordance with each vehicle’s maintenance schedule and/or Maintenance Minder recommendations. Consult your Owner’s Manual for your vehicle’s specific maintenance information.
Your vehicle does not require any automatic transmission fluid additives. Additives may adversely affect the transmission performance and durability.
If a vehicle is properly maintained, there is absolutely no benefit to flushing the transmission as a maintenance procedure. Use of additives, solvents, cleansers, or conditioners as part of a flush, or as a system enhancer, are not recommended or warranted by Honda, as they may adversely affect transmission durability, performance, and shift quality.
Always use Honda Long-life Anti-freeze / Coolant Type 2. This coolant is premixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or water. Another non-silicate coolant may be used as a temporary replacement. However, have the cooling system drained and replaced with Honda antifreeze / coolant as soon as possible. Continued use of any non-Honda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail.
Perform Coolant changes only in accordance with each vehicle’s maintenance schedule and/or Maintenance Minder recommendations. Consult your Owner’s Manual for your vehicle’s specific maintenance information.
Engine cooling system flushing
Use of a cooling system flushing process that “reconditions” the existing coolant should never be used, as the procedure cannot completely reverse the chemical deterioration that occurs to coolant during use. Also, coolant replacement intervals should not be exceeded, as there is no difference in the coolant replacement interval between normal and severe conditions.
Please reference your Honda Owners Manual or contact your Wilde Honda Sarasota service advisor for additional questions regarding your vehicle’s maintenance.