How to Read Your Honda Maintenance Minder

The Honda Maintenance Minder is made up of three parts:

1. Message
2. Maintenance Main Item
3. Maintenance Sub Item

Depending on what type of service your Honda needs, you may see one or all of these parts. The first part, the Message, refers to your Honda’s remaining oil life. The second part, the Maintenance Main Item, refers to the primary service that needs to be performed. And the third part, the Maintenance Main Sub Item, refers to any additional services your Honda needs.

Say for example your Honda display reads: SERVICE DUE SOON A 3. According to the Honda Maintenance Minder charts (shown) here’s what that code means.

SERVICE DUE SOON — Your Honda has 15% oil life remaining and it’s time to take your vehicle in for its regularly schedule maintenance

A — During your service visit a Honda service tech will replace your Honda’s engine oil.

3 — During your service visit a Honda service tech will also replace your transmission fluid and fluid transfer (if equipped).

And that’s it! Just match the code to the message and you’ll know what to do. If you have any questions about the code your Honda shows, just let us know. Stop by our Honda dealership or give us a call today — 650-830-5800.


Oil Life Message What to Do
15% SERVICE DUE SOON Plan to take vehicle in for scheduled maintenacnce.
5% SERVICE DUE NOW Take vehicle in now for scheduled maintenance.
0% SERVICE PAST DUE (Mileage past due is also shown) Service is overdue. Take vehicle in now for scheduled maintenance.

Maintenance Main Items

Symbol What it Means
A Replace just engine oil.
B Replace engine oil and oil filter. Also inspect various systems and components (see applicable service manual for details.

Maintenance Sub Items

Number What to Do
1 Rotate tires, and check tire pressure and condition.
2 Replace air cleaner element, check drive belt, and replace dust and pollen filter.
3 Replace transmission fluid and transfer fluid (if equipped).
4 Replace spark plugs, replace timing belt (if equipped), inspect water pump, and inspect valve clearance.
5 Replace engine coolant.
6 Replace rear differential fluid (if equipped).