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1. What is the Honda Maintenance Minder?

The latest Hondas come equipped with a feature called Maintenance Minder which notifies the owner when maintenance is needed and which maintenance items are needed.

The system monitors engine every day operating conditions and takes that data to determine when maintenance is needed. Since the system is monitoring the vehicle, it can move up and move back the frequency of service based on driving habits.

The maintenance minder will notify the driver when service is needed through a series of easy to follow codes that show up in the information dash.

The maintenance minder is run by an internal service and requires nothing more from the driver than to service the vehicle when necessary.

2. What do the Maintenance Minder codes mean?

  • Code A: Engine oil & oil filter, multi-point inspection, check & adjust tire-pressure, crush water replacement.
  • Code B: Engine oil & oil filter; crush water replacement; lubricate locks, latches, hinges & weatherstrips; tire rotation; windshield wipers insert replacement; and inspection of: brake components, suspension components, tires, battery & charging system, fluid levels, exhaust system, fuel lines & connectors, tie rods, steering, etc.
  • Code #1: Tire rotation and brake inspection (included with 'Code B' service)
  • Code #2: Cabin air filter and engine air filter replacement (inspected with service)
  • Code #3: Transmission fluid replacement and Transfer Case if AWD (inspected with service)
  • Code #4: Timing belt replacement (6 cylinder only) and/or Spark Plug replacement
  • Code #5: Engine coolant replacement (inspected with service
  • Code #6: Rear differential fluid replacement (AWD and 4WD only)

3. What does the Honda maintenance light look like?

Your Maintenance Minder light will look something like this and will remind you when your Honda maintenance schedule is due.

Maintenance Minder Light

4. What is the TPMS indicator on the dash of my Honda?

TPMS on your Honda stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring System is a system designed to inform the driver when the air pressure inside one or more tires decreases 20% under the recommended pressure level. You’ll see the low-pressure indicator when your tires are under-inflated. However, you will see the letters “TPMS” illuminate when the TPMS has a fault and may not be monitoring air pressure adequately or the low-pressure indicator is on for an extended period of time.

There are several reasons why tire pressure might change. You might have a leak; dramatic changes in outside temperature also influence tire pressure. In fact, for every 10 degree drop, tires lose 1psi of pressure, which is why many get a low pressure alert the morning after an overnight cold front.

Since tires deflate naturally over time, we recommend you check your tire pressure once a month and before going on long road trips. You’ll find the recommended air pressure listed on the side of the driver’s door. However, be aware that these settings on the door are for cold tires; if the tires are warm to the touch, add 4lbs of pressure. The low pressure indicator looks like this:

Tire Pressure

5. How often should I perform maintenance on my Honda?

Your Honda maintenance schedule completely depends on your driving habits and the Maintenance Minder on your dashboard will let you know when your Honda needs maintenance.

The Honda Maintenance Minder system is designed with you in mind, so you won’t need to worry about remembering when your Honda is due for maintenance because the indicator will light up.

This system monitors engine operating conditions; including engine temperature and engine speed and takes that data to determine when maintenance is needed. Since the system is monitoring the vehicle, it can move up and move back the frequency of service based on your driving habits. So while you may think your Honda needs an oil change every 3,000 miles, that is not necessarily the case and you may be able to drive 7,500 miles before you have to come by our Express Service Center for an oil change.

6. What does my Honda factory warranty cover?

The Honda Factory Warranty for your new or Certified Used Honda includes a few warranties and the coverage depends on whether your have a new or certified Honda. Let’s go over the Honda warranty information:

New Honda Vehicles:

The Honda New Vehicle Limited Warranty is for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This standard warranty is commonly known as bumper-to-bumper warranty and covers most repairs needed due to manufacturers defect or workmanship. It also includes Honda Genuine Accessories installed by Honda or at a Honda Service Center at the time of purchase. Regular maintenance, replacement of parts subject to normal wear and tear and certain items are excluded.

New Honda cars also come with the Honda Powertrain Warranty and Corrosion Warranty. The Honda Powertrain Warranty is a 5 year or 60,000 miles limited warranty that covers the engine, transmission, transaxle, transfer case and front/rear drive systems. The Honda Corrosion Warranty is a 5-year warranty (unlimited mileage) that covers corrosion rust on any original body panels and rust that hasn’t perforated the body panel due to manufacturers or workmanship.

Certified Pre-Owned Honda Vehicles:

Certified Used Honda’s come with the remainder of the original Honda bumper-to-bumper 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, an additional 1year and 12,000 miles of full coverage, and a 7 year and 100,000 miles of powertrain warranty. If the powertrain warranty is upgraded to an extended warranty with Honda it would be the same as Honda Care.

7. What does Honda Care cover?

Honda Care is the Honda extended warranty or vehicle service coverage beyond the Honda factory warranty that you can acquire for your new or Certified Pre-Owned Honda.

Honda Care is designed as an extra measure of security for your vehicle by covering potentially expensive repairs for almost every component of your Honda. When you keep up with your Honda maintenance schedule, Honda Care packages can protect you from unexpected and costly repair bills. Honda Care covers most items that are covered by the original Honda factory warranty, plus it comes with a benefit package that includes roadside assistance and rental car coverage. Depending on your plan of choice, the following items may be covered.

Honda Care Benefits:

  • Roadside Assistance
  • Concierge Emergency Service
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
  • Trip Interruption Benefit
  • Personalized Travel Plan
  • Interest-Free Payment Plan
  • Extensive Component Coverage
  • Service You Can Depend On
  • Transferable Coverage
  • Commercial Use Coverage

Overview of covered services:

  • Brake hydraulic components
  • Cooling systems
  • Fuel Delivery
  • Drive Axle System
  • Engine components
  • Air conditioning/Heating components
  • ABS Brakes components
  • Electrical system
  • Rear Differential
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Manual Transmission
  • Steering components
  • SRS Systems

Please call Howdy Honda at 512-443-4300 or visit Honda Financial Services site for more information and click here to download the Honda Care brochure. This explanation serves as an overview of the Honda Care coverage; actual contract coverages, limitations and exclusions may vary.

8. How do I retrieve the unlock codes for my radio and navigation devices?

To retrieve the unlock codes for the radio and/or navigation devices in your Honda, you will need to have: your Honda’s VIN number, the device’s serial number, and the phone number and zip codes that match those we have on file. Once your have all that information, please visit Honda's Radio and Navi Code website. You will be able to retrieve the code from that website Sunday through Friday from 4:00 AM to 9:00 PM (PST) and Saturdays from 4:00 AM to 6:30 PM (PST).

The 17-digit VIN is the Vehicle Identification Number that is unique to your Honda. You can find it:

  • at the base of your vehicle's windshield, on the driver's side,
  • on your vehicle's registration,
  • on your insurance statement or proof-of-insurance card, or
  • on your Honda Financial Services statement.

You can find the Radio/Navigation code and serial number on the anti-theft ID card that comes with your Honda. The card is normally placed inside the glove box at the time of delivery.

Anti-Theft ID Card Example

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