Acura Maintenance Minder is the name for the on-board system that keeps track of your system and provides you with key information in your gauge cluster display. This feature has replaced the maintenance schedule you often see in owner’s manuals, as we know the best way to stay in-tune with your model’s needs is when you’re in your vehicle.
You’ve heard you need to change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles, and in Acura it’s actually supposed to be every 5 months or 5,000 miles, but what if your oil still seems clean? Rather than following a strict number system, Acura Maintenance Minder actively monitors engine performance and operating conditions to determine when an oil change is required.
First, you’ll see a 15%, followed by 5%, then 0%. Per Acura recommendations, you should stop by a service center when your vehicle hits 15% to 5%, with 0% considered past due. If you don’t get your oil changed, you’ll see your mileage turn negative to indicate how far past due you are for an oil change.
You’ll often see different codes along with a percentage. The percentage shows you how much life is left in your oil, but your codes indicate other regular maintenance services as follows: A: Replace engine oil B: Replace engine oil, oil filter, rotate tires, inspect brakes, inspect parking brake, other vehicle-specific maintenance 1: Rotate tires 2: Replace air cleaner, check drive belt, replace dust and pollen filter 3: Replace transmission fluid and transfer fluid (when applicable) 4: Replace spark plugs, replace timing belt, inspect water pump, inspect valve clearance 5: Replace engine coolant 6: Replace rear differential fluid (when applicable)
The A and B codes, or main codes, are triggered by your driving habits, so you might see that sometimes you need an oil change more frequently than other times. The numbered codes, or sub codes, are still based on mileage or time since previous service. You’ll find these sub codes are not triggered until a main code is so that you may come in for all recommended service at the same appointment.
You want your vehicle to last as long as possible, so naturally you might want to change your oil every 3,000 miles just as you always have. If you don’t visit us at Radley Acura, you might find that other places try to convince you to get an oil change more frequently. The Acura Maintenance Minder system is based on your particular vehicle and driving habits and allows you to accurately replace your oil only when it is necessary. This is better for the environment, and for most motorists it means less frequent oil changes.
Do you have other questions about Acura Maintenance Minder? Contact a Radley Acura representative today.