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What is the Maintenance Minder?

The Maintenance Minder is an important feature of the information display. Based on engine and transmission operating conditions, and accumulated engine revolutions, your Honda’s onboard computer calculates the remaining engine oil life along with the life of other power train fluids and components. The system also displays the remaining engine oil life along with the code(s) for other scheduled maintenance items needing service.

Why is my CHECK ENGINE light coming on?

With each new model year, the controls for fuel injection systems and emissions systems become more complicated. Part of this is due to advancements in high-technology electronics, and part is due to more stringent government regulations involving exhaust emissions and fuel economy. The Malfunction Indicator or "Check Engine" light is simply a warning that there is a problem somewhere in the system. An electronic sensor that is operating out of a normal range will trigger the light. There are dozens of these sensors that check data for the powertrain control module (computer) and monitor the fuel injection system. Some of the sensors work the entire time the car is running, other ones only at certain times. There are about three hundred different conditions, or "codes", that can cause the light to turn on. Both federal and California regulations prevent the light from being disabled or modified.

To diagnose the condition, our technicians must connect a monitoring device to the powertrain control module and find out which "code" is stored. Once we know which circuit is causing the light to come on, we have to test that system to discover the cause of the failure. When the cause is discovered and repaired, we can then clear the code from the system memory and retest the system. Simply clearing the system memory should not be done; you could have a problem that is potentially dangerous or causes undue wear on your car.

If you pay to have a Check Engine light diagnosed at Mel Rapton Honda and within ninety days the light comes on due to the same code, we will check the system again for you at no charge. Because there are so many different codes, the vehicle owner is responsible for diagnosis if the code is different than the original one.

Together we can help your Honda burn less fuel, put out fewer emissions, and stay running in top shape for years to come. Please help us by telling us about any unusual conditions you have encountered while driving and maintaining our vehicle as prescribed in the owner's manual.

What type or weight of oil should I use in my Honda?

Oil is the lifeblood of your Hondas engine. The correct oil is crucial to performance, economy and long-term dependability. Most new Honda vehicles are designed to use either 0w-20 or 5w-20 oil with GF-4 designation. Consult your owner's manual for what oil should be used in your car. Mel Rapton Honda currently uses genuine Honda Motor Oil for all applications.

What brand of gasoline should I use?

There are two things to consider before filling up your tank. First you should always try your select a gas station that stays very busy and is constantly refilling its hold tanks. This prevents dirt and moisture buildup in the gas while stored. Second, look for a retailer of top tier gasoline. Honda along with other top automakers developed new higher standards in performance and deposit control for gasoline manufacturer to follow. Local retailers of top tier gasoline include Chevron, Shell, and 76. You can see more information at www.toptiergas.com.

Why is my tire pressure light on?

The low tire pressure light indicates that one or more of your tires are low on air pressure. You should stop as soon as is safe and visually check the tires for signs of being low on pressure. If it is appears safe to proceed, stop at a service facility or Mel Rapton Honda to have your tire pressure and condition checked.