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Maintenance Minder & Repair

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The technicians in the Friendly Honda Service Department are maintenance and repair experts, which makes it easy for you to keep your vehicle safe and operating at peak performance on the road.

Honda cars are equipped with a maintenance minder system. This monitoring system automatically reads sensors to alert Honda owners of a recommended factory maintenance schedule. The maintenance minder system protects your vehicle because it:

  • Preserves warranty coverage
  • Keeps your Honda running in peak performance
  • Helps avoid unexpected and costly repairs
  • Indicates Service according to Honda Maintenance Schedule
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The maintenance minder found in Honda vehicles monitors a number of variables to determine when the time is right for you to bring your Honda in for a Genuine Honda oil change.

When remaining service life of your engine reaches 15%, you will be alerted on your dashboard by a "SERVICE DUE SOON" message. Along with this message, a letter (A or B) indicating the required service type will appear.

NOTE: The oil percentage number display on your Honda's Maintenance Minder is an indication of oil LIFE, not oil LEVEL.

Depending on the mileage at the time of your required oil change, additional required maintenance items indicated by numeric sub symbols (1 to 7) will also appear. These sub symbols are accumulated between oil change intervals in order to make it convenient for you to properly maintain your Honda.

Having your vehicle's maintenance, service, and repairs done at Friendly Honda ensures that factory-trained technicians will use Genuine Honda Parts to complete the job.

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A question we get a lot is, "What does the little yellow wrench mean?"

If the yellow wrench icon appears on your Honda's dashboard, it is a notification of an upcoming recommended service interval. By 2007, all new Honda models were equipped with a maintenance minder system to take the guesswork out of servicing your vehicle. It uses sensor readings, as well as mileage, driving conditions and other factors to calculate when an oil change or service needs to be performed.


If it has been 12 months or more since your Maintenance Minder Light has appeared on your dashboard, please visit our Honda Express Service Center soon for your 1-year scheduled Oil & Filter Service to keep your Honda running like new!

So if your Maintenance Minder lights up, you can make a service appointment online today. Or you can call the Friendly Honda Service Department at 844-586-2319 with any questions.

This video will teach you more about how your maintenance minder system works, what the Honda maintenance schedule is, and how to read the recommended maintenance codes:


Type A Service:

  • Replace engine oil and filter

(Air and pollen filters extra)

Type B Service:

  • Replace engine oil and filter
  • Service front and rear brakes
  • Inspect parking brake adjustment
  • Inspect tie rod ends, steering gear box, and boots
  • Inspect suspension components
  • Inspect driveshaft boots
  • Inspect brake hoses and lines (including ABS)
  • Rotate tires, inspect for wear and adjust pressure
  • Check all fluid levels and condition, and check for leaks
  • Inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect fuel lines and connections

(Air and pollen filters extra)

Type B Service: Includes engine oil and filter change, brake service, and comprehensive chassis inspections. It may be accompanied by displayed sub items indicating other maintenance is due.

Brake System: All brake components and friction materials are inspected for wear and deterioration, then serviced to remove accumulation of debris and corrosion and to replenish lubricants that deteriorate with time and use. Parking brake to be adjusted if necessary.

Chassis Inspection: The suspension, steering, brake hydraulic system, driveline, exhaust system, and fuel systems are inspected for wear, damage, or irregularities that may require attention.


1 Service:

  • Rotate tires, inspect for wear, and adjust pressure. Includes brake inspection

2 Service:

  • Replace air cleaner elements
  • Replace dust and pollen filter

3 Service:

  • Replace transmission fluid
    - Replacement is necessary to maintain proper operation and protection against wear.
  • Replace transfer case fluid (4WD)
    - Replacement is necessary to maintain proper operation and protection against wear.

4 Service:

  • Replace spark plugs
    - Replacement is necessary to maintain smooth engine power delivery, fuel efficiency, and low exhaust emissions.
  • Inspect valve clearance
    - Improper clearance can affect engine performance and efficiency and may cause abnormal noise.
  • Replace timing belt
    - The timing belt gradually wears and deteriorates and must be replaced to avoid failure and/or severe engine damage. Timing belt, water pump, accessory belts, and coolant are included; timing belt tensioner is not included.

5 Service:

  • Replace engine coolant

6 Service:

  • Replace rear differential fluid
    - Must be replaced when indicated to prevent wear and damage to internal components.

7 Service:

  • Replace brake fluid
    - Must be replaced when indicated because brake fluid loses its effectiveness over time.