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Honda Civic Care and Maintenance



  • My personal opinion is this... While your neighbor was trying to be nice- he messed up.

    Whether you want to take the chance again is up to you - but from the sounds of it he is not licensed by your states Motor Vehicle Department and his liability to you is virtually nothing unless you sue him in civil court.

    I'd take it to a functioning auto repair shop that is licensed by your state DMV - so you'll likely have some sort of gurantee and more recourse should things get worse, as opposed to "my neighbor down the street killed my car" scenario.

    Good luck !
  • gabrugabru Posts: 1
    Oil change questions:
    1. What is the recommended oil change schedule
    2. Is synthetic better, i know they say it does not matter short term, but over the life of the car does it make any difference
    3. How does the maintenance minder monitor just tracks mileage or some more parameters
    4. Is it worth spending more on expensive oil filters

    As i am unable to get the answer to these questions in the manual it would be very helpful to get these answered once and for all. Thanks!
  • wco81wco81 Posts: 495
    My local dealer tells me go by the oil percentage display in the car. Apparently the sensor is reliable.

    They put a sticker, 15% or some date.

    But I drive few miles (short commute) so it takes a year or more to get it down.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    I follow what the monitor says & use a synthetic blend dino oil they sell at my local Tires Plus. Since my driving has been cut by almost 66.66%, looks like I won't even be putting on more than 3k/year, but I will still be changing out the oil/filter once a year no matter what. Think that's the least I can do, since have definitely decided to keep my ride for the time being...will let my boy have it if he needs a car. No matter how much I want to swap wheels, makes no fiscal sense and not necessary if I decide to not work after my official retirement in January. Car still drives like new!

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • The lights for the radio went out. I have checked all the fuses under the dash and also under the hood, they are all good. Am I missing one or is the bulb out. If so how do you get to the bulb form the front or under the dash? Do I need to take the radio out?
  • ejo1ejo1 Posts: 7
    Just bought a 2003 HCH with 62K miles on it and found out that my heat is only working some of the time (Honda certidied Check-Out didn't reveal this)
    I think I must buy the 3 knob Auto controller but how do I get to it?
    How do I get the radio/CD/Cassette player out?
    Any advise is appreciated.
  • Hi All,

    I own a 2009 Honda Civic which I bought in Jan '09. The car is in excellent condition and I have taken the car regularly to the dealer for maintenance whenever the maintenance lights have come on.

    I last serviced the car ~27K Miles and at that point of time the dealer made some noises about additional work when the car hits 30K.

    Yesterday at ~33.5K miles I got the 15% oil life message along with the A 1 maintenance codes. Before I go to the dealer I wanted to know what maintenance are truly required at this time. Oil change and tire rotation goes without saying but is there anything else that must be done? I definitely do not want to avoid any required service but I do not want to be taken for a ride by the dealer because of my lack of knowledge

    The manual is vague about anything other than the maintenance minder codes so help on this from the forum would be appreciated. I do about 80% of my driving on the free way.

    Thanks and Best Regards.
  • I have a 2009 Civic EX Auto, bought it in June 2009.

    It now sits at 15,000 miles and I was wondering if there's any way to guess what codes will be displayed when the oil life reaches 15%? It's currently at 30% oil life. I know A & B are oil changes, but as for the number (1-6), does anyone here know that has taken their Civic between 15,000 and 18,000 miles for service?

    The reason I ask is because I have 2 upcoming road trips, 2 weekends in a row, and if I were to guess I can easily put in 1,000 miles, maybe more, in less than 2 weeks. I don't want the maintenance light in the dash to come on while I'm far from home and from my dealership.
  • crwincrwin Posts: 1
    ">Believe or not My civic CX already hits 313k, still strong but unforntunaly burns oil about a quart for every 3k, well not too bad. I did oil changed every 5,000 or 5,500 with mobil 1 synthetic 10/30. I ran approx 200 miles a day during week day and he got off on week end:).
    I loved my civic, with D15 stock engine and with the new head gasket on 235k while I bought it. Gas consumed around 32-35 mpg. The problem i forgot to asked previous owner how many miles last time he changed the timing belt:(.
    Can anybody share how many miles change timing belt recommended?? 60k/80k or 100k??? Thanks:)
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    I think "1" means a tire rotation but check your owners's all in there. I also do the oil changes at 15%/once per year as my driving has dropped dramatically...will be lucky to do 1k miles this year. Best advice is to check your manual or go online to the Honda website and register your vehicle and you'll get reminder notices.

    Good luck guys! :)

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • I believe you would see A1 code only, I did mine last week at 16,700 mile of 10% oil life.
  • bori04bori04 Posts: 3
    Thanks for the info! A1 would just be an oil change and tire rotation then.

    I have an upcoming appointment at my dealership for a state inspection and I'll check if they'll do an early oil change before my trips. I may pass up on the tire rotation as I don't think it is absolutely necessary for a tire rotation, even though Honda recommends it. Don't think it would hurt to skip one and save some money at the same time.
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