Honda Maintenance Minder™
The golden wrench lights up on your Civic’s dashboard. You begin to sweat bullets. An expensive trip to your Joplin mechanic seems to be in your future. Or is it?

We’re here to tell you that this seemingly bad dashboard warning light in your Civic is actually your friend, and its name is Honda Maintenance Minder! When you start seeing those car dashboard symbols, that’s just your vehicle's way of telling you that it needs some TLC—and not necessarily from an auto service technician, either. In fact, several Honda car light symbols and dashboard signs can be solved with some DIY car maintenance at home.

So, how do you know what your Honda Maintenance Minder codes mean? A look in your owner’s manual will help you solve the mystery. Or, if you’d rather not risk getting a papercut, simply find your specific Honda model below to download a PDF version of your manual’s Maintenance Minder section.

Honda Accord

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Accord Hybrid

2019 | 2020 | 2021
 
 

Honda Civic Hatchback

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Civic Sedan

2019 | 2020 | 2021
 

Honda Civic Type-R

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Clarity Fuel Cell

2019 | 2020 | 2021
 

Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda CR-V

2019 | 2020 | 2021
 

Honda CR-V Hybrid 

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Fit

2019 | 2020
 

Honda HR-V

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Insight

2019 | 2020 | 2021
 

Honda Odyssey 

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Passport

2019 | 2020 | 2021

 

Honda Pilot

2019 | 2020 | 2021

Honda Ridgeline

2019 | 2020 | 2021
 


How Maintenance Minder Works


Various sensors inside your Honda monitor the health of your vehicle. Every so often—and by that, we mean virtually every nanosecond—these sensors report back to your Maintenance Minder system, which acts as your car’s brain. Based on the information provided, Maintenance Minder identifies your car’s needs. This could mean anything from routine maintenance to transmission fluid to oil changes. Most new Honda models include an engine oil warning that indicates your oil’s “life.”

Once Maintenance Minder assesses the situation, it will display those symbols in your car’s dashboard. A wrench, oil can or exclamation point in a car dashboard might seem scary, but it’s important to identify the car light meanings before jumping to conclusions. Here’s a simple breakdown of what those Honda Maintenance minder codes and symbols mean.

Honda Oil Life Percentages

When your engine oil reaches a certain density, as identified by Maintenance Minder and its sensors, your dashboard will display an “oil life %” light. This is what those percentages mean:

Oil Life 15%

The engine oil life indicator starts to appear along with other due-soon maintenance item codes when the remaining oil life drops to 15%. You will need to change your oil and oil filter soon, usually within the next 1,000 miles.

Oil Life 5%

The engine oil has almost reached the end of its service life, and the maintenance items should be inspected and serviced as soon as possible.

Oil Life 0%

The engine oil has passed its service life, and a negative distance appears after driving over 10 miles. Every time you turn on your engine, you’re potentially damaging its internal components irreparably. Please schedule an oil change in Joplin at Roper Honda, or visit a Honda dealer near you.

Maintenance Minder Codes

Unfortunately, Maintenance Minder car dashboard symbols and meanings aren’t as cut and dry as the oil life percentages. If you notice any of these Honda service code or sub-code in your dashboard, you’ll want to have a professional Honda service technician investigate the issue more thoroughly.

Honda Service Codes – Main

CODE

Car Warning Light Meaning

A

Replace engine oil

B

Replace engine oil and oil filter

Inspect front and rear brakes

Check expiration date for temporary tire repair kit bottle (if equipped)

Inspect these items:

  • tie rod ends
  • steering gearbox and boots
  • suspension components
  • driveshaft boots
  • brake hoses and lines (including ABS/VSA®)
  • all fluid levels and condition of fluids
  • exhaust system
  • fuel lines and connections

Honda Service Codes – Sub

CODE

Car Warning Light Meaning

1

Rotate tires

2

Replace air cleaner element

Replace dust and pollen filter

Inspect drive belt

3

Replace transmission fluid

4

Replace spark plugs

Inspect valve clearance

5

Replace engine coolant

6

Replace rear differential fluid

7

Replace brake fluid


Maintenance Minder codes vary slightly by model, so it’s important to identify any visible Honda dashboard codes in your model’s owner’s manual.

How to Reset Maintenance Minder Display

So, you’ve changed your own oil? Nice. Now you’ve got to reset your Maintenance Minder system so that it stops displaying the dashboard in-car warning icon. Here are the steps to reset your Maintenance Minder display, per Honda model:

2020-2021 Accord/Accord Hybrid

reset oil life 2021 honda accord
  1. Start the engine
  2. Press the “Home” button
  3. Roll left selector wheel until the WRENCH icon is displayed
  4. Press left selector wheel to go to “Maintenance Minder” screen
  5. Press left selector wheel to enter reset mode
  6. Roll left selector wheel to select a maintenance item to reset or select “All Due Items”
  7. Press left selector wheel to reset selected item

2020-2021 Civic Sedan/Coupe/Hatchback

reset oil life 2021 honda civic
  1. Start the engine
  2. Press the “Home” button until the WRENCH icon appears
  3. Press the “Enter” button
  4. Hold the “Enter” button for 10 seconds
  5. Use arrow buttons to select a maintenance item or select “All Due Items”
  6. Press the “Enter” button to reset selected item

2020-2021 CR-V/CR-V Hybrid

reset oil life 2021 honda cr-v
  1. Start the engine
  2.  Press the “Home” button until the WRENCH icon appears
  3.  Press the “Enter” button
  4.  Hold the “Enter” button for 10 seconds
  5.  Use arrow buttons to select a maintenance item or select “All Due Items”
  6.   Press the “Enter” button to reset selected item

2020-2021 HR-V

reset oil life 2021 honda hr-v
  1. Start the engine
  2. Use arrow buttons to select “Maintenance Info.”
  3. Press “SEL/RESET” button
  4. Use arrow buttons to select “Reset” item
  5. Press “SEL/RESET” button to reset selected item

2020-2021 Insight

reset oil life 2021 honda insight
  1. Start the engine
  2. Press the “Home” button
  3. Roll left selector wheel until the WRENCH icon is displayed
  4. Press left selector wheel to go to “Maintenance” screen
  5. Press left selector wheel to enter reset mode
  6. Roll left selector wheel to select a maintenance item to reset or select “All Due Items”
  7. Press left selector wheel to reset selected item

2021-2022 Odyssey

reset oil life 2021 honda odyssey
  1. Start the engine
  2. Display engine oil life (select “Maintenance” and use arrow keys)
  3. Press and hold the “Enter” button for 10 seconds
  4. Use arrow buttons to select a maintenance item or select “All Due Items”
  5. Press “Enter” button to reset

2020-2021 Passport

reset oil life 2021 honda passport
  1. Start the engine
  2. Display engine oil life (select “Maintenance Minder” and use arrow keys)
  3. Press and hold the “Enter” button for 10 seconds
  4. Use arrow buttons to select a maintenance item or select “All Due Items”
  5. Press “Enter” button to reset

2020-2021 Pilot

reset oil life 2021 honda pilot
  1. Start the engine
  2. Display engine oil life (select “Maintenance Minder” and use arrow keys)
  3. Press and hold the “Enter” button for 10 seconds
  4. Use arrow buttons to select a maintenance item or select “All Due Items”
  5. Press “Enter” button to reset

2020-2021 Ridgeline

reset oil life 2021 honda ridgeline
  1. Start the engine
  2. Display engine oil life (select “Maintenance Minder” and use arrow keys)
  3. Press and hold the “RESET” button for 10 seconds
  4. Use arrow buttons to select a "reset” 
  5. Press “RESET” button to reset

If you have an older Honda model and have lost your owner’s manual or need assistance with an oil change or routine auto service in Joplin, please contact Roper Honda at (417) 625-0800 today! We’re located at 902 N Rangeline Rd in Joplin, MO, and proudly assist drivers in the region—and everyone outside of the region—figure out the cause of their Honda warning lights. Schedule service online or pick up the phone and give us a call.

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