What is the Acura Maintenance Minder System?

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The Acura Maintenance Minder is an internal notification system in your Acura that monitors the quality of your vehicle’s engine and oil, and offers suggested maintenance intervals. If this is your first time using this convenient feature, you want to ensure you have all your bases covered. Check out our breakdown of some Acura Maintenance Minder frequently asked questions, or visit Fresno Acura for more information from our expert technicians!

Acura Maintenance Minder FAQs

Q: How does the Acura Maintenance Minder work?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder removes the need to refer to your owner’s manual by displaying engine oil life, and notifying you automatically via percentages when oil needs to be replaced or regular engine maintenance is needed.

Q: How does the Acura Maintenance Minder know when the 0% trigger occurs?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder monitors oil life based on normal and severe operating conditions such as speed, engine temperature, ambient temperature, time, and vehicle use.

Q: How do I operate the Acura Maintenance Minder?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder will automatically display the percentage of remaining oil life with three different notifications seen below:

15% Oil Life – Service Due Soon

  • Plan to take your vehicle in for service.

5% Oil Life – Service Due Now

  • Make your vehicle in now for maintenance.

0% Oil Life – Service Past Due

  • Service is overdue. Take your vehicle in now.

Q: What do the Acura Maintenance Minder codes mean?

A: The oil life percentage will be seen alongside a main-code (letter) and sub-code (number) which meaning are interpreted below:

Main Code Meaning
A Replace engine oil
B Replace the engine oil, oil filter, rotate the tires, inspect the front and rear brakes, check the parking brake adjustment, and inspect other items specific to your vehicle.


Sub Code Meaning
1 Rotate tires
2 Replace the air cleaner element, check the drive belt, and replace the dust and pollen filter
3 Replace the transmission fluid and transfer fluid (if equipped)
4 Replace the spark plugs, replace the timing belt (if equipped), inspect the water pump, and inspect valve clearance
5 Replace engine coolant
6 Replace the rear differential fluid (if equipped)

Q: Why will there always be a Main-code?

A: There will also be a main code designed to help you take action when needed, but the Maintenance Minder also adjusts service intervals by moving up or delaying sub-codes, so they get done with the main-codes.

Q: How does the Acura Maintenance Minder system help me know how long to go between oil changes?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder takes in your driving habits and characteristics, and driving climate to offer suggested maintenance intervals with the following benefits:

  • No oil waste
  • Oil and filters will be properly disposed of
  • You’ll save more time and money

Q: Is there a problem if I only get “A” service done and not “B” services?

A: Yes, getting the proper recommended service and maintenance when needed will ensure the following:

  • Better resale value
  • Continued reliability
  • Longer vehicle life
  • Continued warranty coverage
  • Main-codes and sub-codes synchronized

Q: If I change my own oil at home, should I reset the light?

A: Yes, be sure to complete all Acura Maintenance Minder recommendations and reset the light.

Q: If I use synthetic oil, can I go farther before being notified to get an oil change?

A: Synthetic oil will not extend the oil change interval, and only use the engine oils recommended in your Acura owner’s manual.

Q: I had my oil changed at a non-Acura facility, but the Acura Maintenance Minder light was not set. Will my Acura dealer reset it for me?

A: It may not be necessary as the oil change indicator monitors the complete maintenance requirements of your vehicle, but if you have oil issues, the dealer might have to change your oil again to reset the Acura Maintenance Minder.

Q: Do I have to check my oil level with the Acura Maintenance Minder System?

A: Yes, the maintenance minder system does not sense oil level.

Q: I’ve driven 6,000 miles since my last maintenance, but the light is not on and the oil looks dirty, what do I do? 

A: Nothing, your engine oil may discolor under normal driving conditions.

Q: Should I change my oil early if I use break-in oil?

A: No, be sure to keep the factory-fill oil in your engine before your first scheduled maintenance interval.

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Now that you know more about how to decipher Acura Maintenance Minder codes, and when to bring in your vehicle for service, be sure to schedule your next service appointment at our dealership, so we can get you back on Madera roads. Save on Acura service at Fresno Acura with our rotating coupons and specials, and check our more helpful service tips and tricks. Contact us today for more information on your Acura Maintenance Minder system, and visit our dealership right here in Fresno!

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WARNING: Operating, servicing and maintaining a passenger vehicle or off-road vehicle can expose you to chemicals including engine exhaust, carbon monoxide, phthalates, and lead, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. To minimize exposure, avoid breathing exhaust, do not idle the engine except as necessary, service your vehicle in a well-ventilated area, and wear gloves or wash your hands frequently when servicing your vehicle. For more information go to www.p65warnings.ca.gov/products/passenger-vehicle

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