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Honda Civic Basic Maintenance Questions



  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    armorall is worthless, it is best at separating you from your money.....

    a damp cloth will clean the dash. if you insist on using a chemical, something like Endust (the kind used for electronics equipment cleaning (TV, stereo, etc)) will work quite well, not hurt the plastics and more importantly, not leave any gooey silicones behind to attract dust.

    a dash is not supposed to be shiny. clean, yes, shiny, no.
  • will26will26 Posts: 62
    Thanks for the reply. I bought Meguiar's Quick Interior Mist and it works great.
  • Hi, there:

    I think my dealer accidentally or mistakenly reset the minder system without actually performing any service.

    This is what happened. I had my car in today for a checkup on the bottom of the car because this morning I hit a ply of floor wood at a high speed on a highway. After the dealer check the car and told me everything is fine, I drove away. Out of curiosity, I turned the maintenance minder to show the oil life. To my big surprise, it was reset to 100%. I knew for fact that it should be 90% or lower since just a few days ago I have just checked. It seems the dealer reset the minder for some reason.

    This is a new car, and I have just had my first oil change plus tire rotation when "A 1" shows up on the display. The same dealer did the scheduled maintenances and reset the minder.

    Now, I am terrified that if the dealer indeed reset the minder system. If they did, why? And, more importantly, would this mess up my whole minder system, not just oil change and tire rotation, but all other things? How would I change this back if possible?

    I am so frustrated and angry now with the dealer.

    Thank you a bunch in advance!
  • At last, Honda has made it a lot easier to change the oil filter. I know with my 2003 Civic, to reset the maintenance minder you had to press and hold the trip-odometer button for 10 seconds while turning the key to on. The 2007 Civic minder has to be reset by a qualified Honda Technician. Has anybody cracked the case and found out how to do this yourself??
  • From the civic Coup 2007 Owner's Manual, starting at page 211:

    1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.

    2. Press the SEL/RESET button repeatedly until the engine oil life indicator is displayed.

    3. Press the SEL/RESET button for about 10 seconds. The engine oil life and the maintenance item code(s) will blink.

    4. Press the SEL/RESET button for more than 5 seconds. The maintenance item code(s) will disappear, and the engine oil life will reset to "100".

    The step from 3 to 4 is confusing to me. Do you release the button, then press again for 5 seconds or do you simply hold it for another 5 seconds?
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    Once it starts blinking, release the button and re-press and hold until it goes to 100%.

    Basically each time the say "Press", it is a "new" Press. Their tech writers need a bit of slapping about.
  • I've checked and re-checked my owners' manual and it doesn't mention anything about that...very strange indeed, but thanks a ton!!... I'll try it and see if it works

  • Are there any lube points on the chassis if so where are they.

    Thanks for any help.
  • Ok I'm having a problem I have a 2005 Honda Civic si and my "maintenace reguired" light is on I did a full service on it because it reached 30K but I can't reset the light and I don't want to pay a 100 bucks to get it fixed, I just want to know whats the best way and cheapest way to get it fixed.
  • The oil change light is reading 15% and the oil was just changed today. What's the problem?
  • The oil change light is reading 15% and the oil was changed today. What's the problem?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Somebody forgot to reset the OLM.
  • imindimind Posts: 1

    i was fortunate enough to have been given a '97 civic ls from my mother who had it maintained regularly at our local honda dealership. she had a 'tune up' at 175,000 miles and it is now at around 195,000 miles. i've been changing the oil myself but have noticed the gas mileage has been getting worse and worse. as a student, my financial situation is pretty dismal, and i was wondering if i'm able to do any more maintenance on her beyond mere oil changes. sure, this will depend on how much i know about cars, which is very little, but am no 'slouch' and can follow directions well enough, and am more concerned about not having the necessary tools or equipment to proplerly maintain her. so, to get to the meat of this post, is it realistic for me to maintain her by myself? does honda, or anyone else, publish any guides on doing this? can you offer any suggestions as to how to improve her gas mileage?

    thank you in advance,
  • Bizarre as it is, I found only one mention of an "air cleaner element" in the owner's manual for my 2007 civic. I couldn't find any diagram that even specified its location or any instructions for changing it. :confuse:
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    Most to all maintenance/repair items are fully covered in the specific shop manual.
  • For some reason my Civic LX is only pulling in about 300m a tank when is should be getting around 385. does anyone have any suggestions, I change the oil every 3000miles with 5w 20 fully sythetic oil, I replaced the air filter at 15000, miles, and for some reason I just cant seem to get the appropriate gas milage, and its draining my wallet!!
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    For starters, 1. do the OCI to the OLM if your car is equipt, or the OEM OCI recommendation. For example, I do not have an OLM on the 04 Honda. The OEM OCI recommendation is 10,000 miles. 2. Same goes for the air filter change interval. You are literally increasing your maintenance cost exponentially with no performance benefit. 3. Run the recommended high speed T/P (35 psi) mentioned in your owners manual. 4. Given the fact that you lose a min of 1 mpg equipt with an automatic transmission, MPG given the set of conditions you run, are really governed between the head sets.

    So for example, your oil change interval cost 3.33 x's more than it has to (as a min). I change oil and oil filter at 20,000 (Mobil One 5w20) So to me that is 6.67 X more costly. I dont wish to change peoples' notions' about this, but changing the oil at the 3,000 mile intervals , actually according to UOA'a "INCREASES" engine wear.

    The car gets 38-42 mpg during the course of grueling daily commutes. If I use the fuel lamp buzzer as the metric, that would translate to between 10-11.5 gasl or 380-483 miles. If I for some reason I wanted to run it to within .5 gals left in the tank (12.7 gals) that range is between 483-533 miles.
  • not to sound like a retard but what is OCI and OLM?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    First off, who says that your LX should get any particular mileage on any given tank of gas? FWIW, I've seen reports of folks getting as low as the mid 200s and as high as 700+ miles (although I'm not sure I believe that claim).

    Regarding you use of synthetic oil, the fact is that you are seriously wasting your money as even the cheapest of cheap 5W-20 oils will work just as well in your car as any synthetic. Why? Because you are only going 3,000 miles per oil change. At that OCI rate, I seriously doubt that using synthetic oil will allow your engine to last even one mile longer.

    Best Regards,
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    OLM = Oil Life Monitor
    OCI = Oil Change Interval
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    Was your air filter dirty at 15k? I can go 25k or so before it shows any dirt. I use only oem filters.
  • Under normal driving conditions, an air filter only needs to be changed every 24K miles. However, if you drive in excessively dusty conditions, it should be changed more often.

    As to an oil change interval, I know what Honda, as well as other manufacturers, say regarding extending the oil change interval to 10K miles. But, I think this is ludicrous. If you drive like most normal human beings, that is quite a bit of stop and go city driving inter dispersed with highway driving, I would never, ever go 10K miles between oil changes. I've been inside too many engines with extended oil change intervals, and it's not pretty. Sludge build up, worn valve guides, worn piston rings, and on and on.

    On the other hand, I've seen the internals of engines, Honda engines included, where owner's changed oil every 3K miles or 3 months, and the engine looks like it did when it came off of the production line. It's your investment, but I wouldn't consider extending an oil change to 10K miles - never.
  • I don't have a shop manual - c'mon, somebody must know ...where can I find instructions to change it?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    While you may believe that 3,000 mile OCIs are appropriate, Used Oil Analysis (UOA) proves that if high quality oil is used (especially Group IV synthetics), such a short OCI is a simple waste of money and won't allow your engine to operate even one mile more than if you had followed the manufacturer's recommendation (or even gone well beyond them in the case of using synthetic oil).

    Best Regards,
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 18,387
    Can't say I do not remember the whole macro and of course micor situations that triggered that set of attitudes which pull one to change oil at 3,000 miles and in some cases LESS!! That was the 1950's 60's, 70's. to mid 80's.

    I have at least 3 vehicles that used as a min 15,000 mile intervals with 250,000, 146,000, 72,000 miles. Two of these engines required value adjustments so the wear and absolute cleaniness has been verified by dealer mechanics. I run another (non Honda) on (after the dismal warranty period) on 20,000 to 25,000 mile OCI's and again the wear and cleaniness was verified at 100,000 miles by the guru doing the timing belt and water pump interval and inspection of a sometimes problematic (fleetwide) intake and EGR, all pronounced good to go! In fact he looked at me quizzically and pointed to the all critical camshaft lobes and saw original tool markings and had that look..."so what is the big deal?" I run the Honda on 20,000 mile intervals, changing the filter at the oem recommendation of 20,000 miles. Again it gets 38-42 mpg in a daily grueling commute, the internals are totally clean. My target for this vehicle is a min of 4 timing belt changes (105,000 miles) or a min of 450,000 miles.
  • blufz1blufz1 Posts: 2,045
    I'm not 10k brave,but thanks to Shipo and Ruking,I'm up to 6k. Use only Mobil 1 synthetic. If you top up your own oil and change your own air filter, you are in better touch with your engine.
  • If you don't use crap oil, you don't get sludge. Use good oil (not necessarily synthetic) and change it according to when your manual says, and everything will be fine.

    The guys who designed your car put quite a bit of time and money into making sure you don't spend more than you have on maintenance, and they know better when oil needs change...
  • Right on!!..I couldn't agree more. The oil companies, the car manufacturers, etc. have probably been brain-washing us for years. We have been lead to believe for ever that oil should be changed every 3000 miles or 3 months. So, when somebody thinks outside the box and does some real scientific investigation into it, the naysayers jump all over it.... Change really should not be such a fearful thing..
  • I recall the dealer saying not to use synthetics. I was thinking about going to the deal to get it changed. I really want to take good care of this car, It is my first. The manual did not mention anything. I am at about 6,500 miles and the dash final told me to change it. I do almost all highway driving. So far I love this car. I get almost 300 miles between fill ups.

    thanks for the advice.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    Most major name brand synthetic oils meet or exceed Honda's specifications. I just had my first change on my 2007 EX/AT sedan and told the dealer I wanter synthetic. They said no problem, they use Mobile 1 in all their Honda models, if an owner requests it, and it exceeds all Honda manufacturer requirements.

    They did mention that the oil life indicator in the civic, which calculates the oil life using a formula, is not specifically calibrated for synthetic oils, which often have a higher mileage figure for oil changes. The civic owners manual, and my dealer, said they still recommend using the oil minder to guide you when to change the oil, even though Mobile's recommendations may be different from what the oil minder ends up recommending.
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