What does it mean? The oil life percentage on your dashboard measures the quality of your engine's oil. It is NOT an indication of oil level, so you may NOT need to add oil to the engine. The oil life percentage is just another part of a maintenance minder system meant to save Honda owners time and money.
When your Honda's oil life reads 15%, then a yellow wrench icon will illuminate on your dashboard also, indicating
that a service is due
soon. The yellow wrench does not mean your car is unsafe to drive when you see it appear with a oil life percentage at 15% or less, instead you should know you'll soon need to take your Honda for regular car care. As you continue to drive and put additional miles on your Honda, then you'll see the percentage drop over time also.
What should I do? When the maintenance minder system determines that your
Honda's oil life has reached 5%, then service on your Honda is now due. At
this time, we recommend a quick and convenient trip through Scott Honda's Express Service Lane, no appointment necessary. Here, our technicians will read
your vehicle's maintenance minder codes to conclude which services your Honda
When oil life reaches 0%, service on your vehicle's engine is now overdue. By driving with degraded oil, your Honda's engine may fail
or significant damage may be caused.
Under certain driving conditions (high temperatures, short trips, frequent starts & stops and hilly terrain) your oil life will degrade faster than under normal conditions at lower RPM's.
Finally, since Honda's maintenance minder does not sense your
vehicle's oil level, it is still a good idea to check your dipstick and
reference the owner's manual for proper oil level.
A chart of maintenance minder codes can be found in your Honda's owner's manual.