The Honda Maintenance Schedule: What it Does and Doesn’t Do

September 12th, 2014 by

We all “have a guy.” Every vehicle owner in every family across this great land has a friend, a personal mechanic or a brother-in-law who “can fix cars.”

However, here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’ve purchased a beautiful Honda vehicle from either Winnipeg Honda or Crown Honda, always get your vehicle serviced by the dealership. They have certified parts and service and they treat your new or pre-owned Honda like it was their own.

And when you buy that new Honda, make sure you go here: http://owners.honda.com/service-maintenance/minder to keep a record of your Honda service.

As you will be reminded, “Performing regular maintenance according to the factory-recommended Maintenance Schedule is the best way to keep your Honda running in optimal condition. Each vehicle has its own maintenance needs, so Honda develops specific maintenance schedules based on model equipment, such as transmission choice or the addition of a towing package.

“The Maintenance Schedule calculates service needs based on your car’s mileage. It checks engine-operating conditions and helps coordinate oil service dates and other maintenance check-ups. So, prevent problems before they occur.”

That’s why the Honda Maintenance Minder System is so helpful and important. It does exactly what it says: It helps remind Honda owners on the best ways — at the best times — to keep maintenance costs in check.

Here’s what it does:
“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 the remaining service life of your engine oil reaches 15 per cent, 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. Depending on the mileage at the time of your required oil change, additional required maintenance items indicated by a numeric sub-symbol (1- 6) 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.”

Here’s what it doesn’t do:
“The Maintenance Minder does not monitor the engine oil level in your Honda. Maintaining proper engine oil level is critical to preserving engine life and trouble free operation, so ensuring your engine oil is at the right level by checking it regularly is a good habit to form – please see your owner’s manual for details.

“If it has been more than 12 months since your last oil change, Honda requires the engine oil be changed regardless of the percentage of service oil life displayed. Also, Maintenance Minder does not monitor brake pad thickness, brake fluid condition or tire tread depth.

“Ensuring that these critical items are within specification is important for your safety on the road. If your brake fluid is more than 3 years old, Honda requires you have it changed. Determining the condition of any of these items is something your Honda Dealer will be pleased to assist you with.”

Hey, you’re an individual human being with your own individual driving characteristics. That means every Honda owner has his or her unique service requirements.

Understanding Maintenance Minder and following the recommended Honda Maintenance Schedule is the best way to ensure a happy and lengthy Honda ownership experience.

For further details on your specific schedule, please speak to your Honda Dealer’s Service Advisor.

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