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How to Reset Oil Life on a Honda Civic

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If the Engine Oil Indicator in your Honda Civic continues to show a low level after you’ve added or changed the oil, follow these steps to reset the oil light.

  1. Turn the key in the ignition to the “On” position, but don’t start the engine.
  2. Press “Menu” on the left-hand-side steering wheel-mounted controls. The menu screen will then appear on your display.
  3. Use (+) to choose Vehicle Information, then press the “SOURCE” button.
  4. Press “SOURCE” once more to access the Maintenance screen. You’ll see the engine oil life on the i-MID (intelligent Multi-Information Display).
  5. Use (-) to indicate “Yes,” and then press “SOURCE”.
  6. Turn off the ignition and start the engine to make sure the reset worked.

The oil light usually will have to be reset whenever you change your oil. At the Planet Honda Service Center, our certified technicians reset the oil light as a routine part of the service.

What Factors Impact Oil Life in My Civic?

Such things as engine load and temperature, the distance driven in miles and hours, and the speed at which you drive on the roads in and around Lakewood can all affect your car’s oil life. If you notice that your Honda Civic oil light comes on before your regularly scheduled oil change, it can mean that the Honda Maintenance Minder™ System has detected a low oil level, which could be due to the oil breaking down more quickly than expected. In this case, it is important that you schedule an appointment at our Service Center near Denver as soon as possible.

Stay Up-to-Date on Your Honda Civic Service Schedule with Planet Honda

If you find that you need help resetting oil life on your Honda Civic, feel free to visit the Planet Honda Service Center. Our skilled technicians are happy to assist you, offering tricks and tips like how to jump start a carOur team is here to help you keep your car in top shape with a guide on how to check tire tread depth.We are dedicated to helping you keep your Civic running safely in top condition. We also have a well-stocked Parts Department and a Tire Center, where you can find competitively priced tires from major manufacturers that are perfect for your Honda. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the Honda Civic maintenance schedule, contact our Service Center online or call us at (303) 215-4200 (#1).


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