Honda Maintenance Minder System Overview

Honda Maintenance Schedules at Honda East Cincinnati

The first step to ensuring that your Honda vehicle continues to operate at peak performance is to have routine maintenance performed at your Honda dealer. Knowing that it can be confusing to know exactly what maintenance services your vehicle needs at any given mileage interval, Honda has introduced the Maintenance Minder System.

Each Honda model has its own maintenance needs which vary based on factors like the specific engine, the type of transmission or the addition of a towing package. This is why Honda has developed specific maintenance schedules based on each model’s equipment. Helping to prevent problems before they occur, these unique maintenance schedules make it simple to give your Honda the care and attention it deserves.

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Understanding the Maintenance Minder System

2019 Honda Ridgeline Dashboard Display

The Maintenance Minder System displays engine oil life in the information display, notifying drivers when the engine oil needs replacing and maintenance is due. Engine oil life is shown as a percentage, starting with 100% oil life. It will gradually wind down to 0% over time as you drive, signaling the oil life is depleted. Listed below, you’ll find a list of Messages, Main Items, and Sub Items along with what each means.


Oil Life 15% – Service is due soon. Now is a great time to schedule an appointment with Honda East for scheduled maintenance services.

Oil Life 5% – Service is due now. As soon as possible, you should take your vehicle to Honda East for scheduled maintenance.

Oil Life 0% – Service is past due. You will also see a mileage readout which indicates how far overdue you are for service. To avoid harmful wear or damage, take your vehicle in for service now.

Maintenance Main Items – Symbols

A – Indicates engine oil should be replaced.

B – Indicates engine oil and filter should be replaced. Inspections of various systems and components should also be done. See your owner’s manual for additional details.

Maintenance Sub Items – Numbers

1 – Rotate tires, verify correct tire pressure and condition.

2 – Replace air cleaner element, inspect drive belt, and replace dust and pollen filter.

3 – Replace transmission fluid and transfer fluid (if equipped).

4 – Replace spark plugs, timing belt (if equipped), inspect water pump, and inspect valve clearance.

5 – Replace engine coolant.

6 – Replace rear differential fluid (if equipped).

Honda Maintenance Minder System Message Indicator

Decoding the Maintenance Minder System

Now that we’ve covered exactly what the Messages, Main Items, and Sub Items mean — here’s an example of how to decode the entire system message.

For example, your Honda Maintenance Minder Message displays an illuminated orange wrench followed by the code “A3”. “A” is a Main Item which would indicate that your engine oil should be replaced. “3” is a Sub Item which suggests that it’s time to replace your vehicle’s transmission fluid and transfer fluid (if equipped).

It’s also important to note that while there will always be a Main Item displayed in the message, Sub Items are only periodically displayed since they are based on a time and mileage schedule. There is also a possibility for the message to display multiple Sub Items (example – A129). Each additional Sub Item simply represents another indicated service. In this example, you would need Sub Items 1, 2, and 9.

This helpful link below allows you to look up the maintenance schedule for your exact Honda vehicle.

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Benefits of Following the Maintenance Minder Schedule

Since the Maintenance Minder is far from just an oil change indicator, following the suggested services provides numerous benefits which both you and your vehicle will appreciate.

  • Continued reliability
  • Extended vehicle life
  • Continued warranty coverage
  • Improved resale value

Using the Maintenance Minder for completing oil changes ensures that your engine continues to provide the performance you’ve come to expect. Taking the guesswork out of oil change intervals, the system also eliminates unnecessary waste from changing your oil too frequently. As a bonus, you’ll drive with peace of mind from knowing you’re also helping our environment.

  • No unnecessary wasted natural resources (oil)
  • 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

Honda Cincinnati East – Your Honda Service Experts

When you have your vehicle serviced at Honda Cincinnati East, you’ll be able to drive with complete confidence. Our staff of factory-certified Honda technicians will give your vehicle the attention it deserves using Genuine Honda parts.

If you still have any questions regarding the maintenance schedule of your Honda, our team of knowledgeable Honda Service Advisors are standing by to answer them. We make it simple and convenient to keep your Honda running like the day it was new.

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