When you see the little wrench light pop up on your dashboard display, there's no need to panic! It's just your Honda Maintenance Minder doing its job, letting you know that its time to schedule an appointment with the Route 128 Honda Service Center to have routine maintenance performed on your vehicle. Honda automobiles are noteworthy for their quality, value and dependability and regularly scheduled maintenance service is essential to keeping these outstanding cars operating at their best year after year. Relying on a maintenance schedule printed in your owner's manual is a difficult way to go about caring for your car. You have to remember keep your eye on your vehicle's mileage, then when it gets to a certain mileage, you have to lookup the service schedule to see what needs to be done, and it's all based on very general intervals, leaving your car's components vulnerable to excessive wear and tear.


The Honda Maintenance Minder takes the stress and worry out of the process by keeping an internal service schedule that works in tandem with your Honda's computer and sensor systems that provide realtime data that affects when your vehicle will need your service. Everything from the standard and optional equipment that your Honda came loaded with, to the intensity and frequency of your driving habits, to the external weather conditions and more, all factor in to your vehicle's service needs. The Maintenance Minder compiles this data and displays alerts on your dashboard when its time to service your Honda, providing maintenance codes to let you know what has to be taken care of at each service interval. Let's look at what the alerts say and how to interpret them.


Honda Oil Change

How Do I Know When to Change My Oil?

Keeping your Honda's engine oil fresh and clean through regular oil changes is the easiest and most affordable way to care for your vehicle. Your engine's lubrication system endures high temperatures and the buildup of impurities that contribute to the oil's breakdown over time, diminishing its lubricating qualities and exposing the internal parts of your engine to premature wear if left unchanged. The Honda Maintenance Minder tracks your mileage and vehicle usage to determine how much "life" is left in your engine oil. Beginning at 100% when it is changed, your engine's oil quality is monitored to ensure maximum protection against viscosity breakdown. When your oil life reaaches 15%, an alert will popup on your dashboard to let you know your oil is ready to be changed soon. You'll also notice a letter (A or B) and a number (1 through 6) will appear along with your oil change alert. When you see this alert, you should call the Honda service experts at Route 128 Honda for a service appointment, but first, make note of the Maintenance Minder Codes. This tells the Service Advisors what specific maintenance services your Honda will need.

Oil Life Alerts

  • Oil Life 15%: Service is due soon. Start making plans to bring your Honda in to Route 128 Honda.
  • Oil Life 5%: Service is due now. Stop by Route 128 Honda for an oil change at your earliest convenience.
  • Oil Life 0%: When you're oil life gets to 0%, service is past due. To avoid unnecessary wear or potential damage, contact Route 128 Honda Service Center for an oil change as soon as possible.

What Do the Maintenance Minder Codes Mean?

Main CodeServices Needed
• Replace engine oil and oil filter

• Replace engine oil and oil filter
• Check front and rear brakes
• Check brake pads and disc thickness. Check for damage.
• Check calipers for damage, leaks, and tightness.
• Check parking brake linings for cracking, glazing, wear, and for oil or grease contamination.
• Check parking brake adjustment
• Inspect tie-rod ends, steering gearbox, and gearbox boots
• Check steering linkage.
• Check boots for damage and leaking grease.
• Inspect suspension components
• Check bolts for tightness.
• Check condition of ball joint boots for deterioration and damage.
• Inspect driveshaft boots
• Check boots for cracks and boot bands for tightness.
• Inspect brake hoses and lines including VSA lines
• Check master cylinder and VSA modulator-control unit for damage or leakage.
• Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids
• Engine coolant
• Automatic transmission fluid
• Rear differential fluid (AWD models)
• Brake fluid
• Windshield washer fluid
• Inspect exhaust system
• Check catalytic converter heat shields, exhaust pipes, and mufflers for damaged, leaks, and tightness.
• Inspect fuel lines and connections
• Check for loose connections, cracks, and deterioration; retighten loose connections and replace damaged parts.
Sub-CodeServices Needed
• Rotate tires, and check tire inflation and condition
• Follow the pattern shown in the Owner's Manual.
• Replace air cleaner element
• If the vehicle is driven primarily in dusty conditions, replace every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).
• Replace dust and pollen filter
• Replace filter whenever airflow from the heating and air conditioning system is less than normal.
• If the vehicle is driven mostly in urban areas that have high concentrations of soot in the air from industry and from diesel-powered vehicles, replace every 15,000 miles (24,000 km).
• Inspect drive belt
• Look for cracks and damage, then check the position of drive belt auto-tensioner indicator.
• Replace automatic transmission fluid
• If you tow a CR-V behind a motorhome, transmission fluid must be changed every 2 years or 30,000 miles (48,000 km), whichever comes first.
• Replace spark plugs
• Replace engine coolant
• Replace rear differential fluid (AWD models)

Schedule Your Next Maintenance Service at Route 128 Honda in Reading MA

Your Honda Maintenance Minder is your guide to keeping your Honda vehicle serviced and running right throughout its entire lifespan and Route 128 Honda is here to help you get the most out of your automotive investment. With knowledgeable Service Advisors and highly-trained Technicians that specialize in servicing Honda vehicles, your auto will get the very best care available in the Reading MA area. Make your appointment and see why we are the preferred Honda Service Center in Middlesex County!