What is the Acura Maintenance Minder System?

Acura Maintenance

Staying on top of your luxury vehicle’s service needs ensures a great performance on Kyle roads, and there’s no better way than with the Acura Maintenance Minder system. So, what is the Acura Maintenance Minder system? This is an internal notification system that constantly assesses your vehicle’s engine and oil quality and provides suggested service intervals to help you get back on the road. Learn more about how the Acura Maintenance Minder works and how to read your Acura service codes with the automotive experts at Sterling Acura of Austin today!

Acura Maintenance Minder FAQs

Q: How does the Acura Maintenance Minder work?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder removes the need to refer to your owner’s manual by displaying engine oil life and notifying you automatically via percentages when oil needs to be replaced or regular engine maintenance is needed.

Q: How does the Acura Maintenance Minder know when the 0% trigger occurs?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder monitors oil life based on normal and severe operating conditions such as speed, engine temperature, ambient temperature, time, and vehicle use.

Q: How do I operate the Acura Maintenance Minder?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder will automatically display the percentage of remaining oil life with three different notifications seen below:

15% Oil Life  Service Due Soon
5% Oil Life Service Due Now
0% Oil Life Service Past Due


Q: What do the Acura service codes codes mean?

A: The oil life percentage will be seen alongside a main-code (letter) and sub-code (number). Here’s a breakdown of the Acura service codes below:

Main Code:

Code A Replace just the engine oil
Code B Replace the engine oil, oil filter, rotate the tires, inspect the front and rear brakes, check the parking brake adjustment, and inspect other items specific to your vehicle

Sub Code:

Sub Code 1 Rotate tires
Sub Code 2 Replace the air cleaner element, check the drive belt, and replace the dust and pollen filter
Sub Code 3 Replace the transmission fluid and transfer fluid (if equipped)
Sub Code 4 Replace the spark plugs, replace the timing belt (if equipped), inspect the water pump, and inspect valve clearance
Sub Code 5 Replace the engine coolant
Sub Code 6 Replace the rear differential fluid


Q: Why will there always be a main Acura service code?

A: There will also be a main Acura service code designed to help you take action when needed, but the Maintenance Minder also adjusts service intervals by moving up or delaying sub-codes so they get done with the main-codes.

Q: How does the Acura Maintenance Minder system help me know how long to go between oil changes?

A: The Acura Maintenance Minder takes in your driving habits and characteristics and driving climate to offer suggested maintenance intervals with the following benefits:

  • No oil waste
  • Oil and filters will be properly disposed of
  • You’ll save more time and money

Q: Is there a problem if I only get “A” service done and not “B” services?

A: Yes, getting the proper recommended service and maintenance when needed will ensure the following:

  • Better resale value
  • Continued reliability
  • Longer vehicle life
  • Continued warranty coverage
  • Main-codes and sub-codes synchronized

Q: If I change my own oil at home, should I reset the light?

A: Yes, be sure to complete all Acura Maintenance Minder recommendations and reset the light.

Q: If I use synthetic oil, can I go farther before being notified to get an oil change?

A: Synthetic oil will not extend the oil change interval, and be sure to only use the engine oil recommended in your Acura owner’s manual.

Q: I had my oil changed at a non-Acura facility, but the Acura Maintenance Minder light was not set. Will my Acura dealer reset it for me?

A: It may not be necessary, as the oil change indicator monitors the complete maintenance requirements of your vehicle, but if you have oil issues, the dealer might have to change your oil again to reset the Acura Maintenance Minder.

Q: Do I have to check my oil level with the Acura Maintenance Minder system?

A: Yes, the Maintenance Minder system does not sense oil level.

Q: I’ve driven 6,000 miles since my last maintenance, but the light is not on and the oil looks dirty. What do I do? 

A: Nothing. Your engine oil may discolor under normal driving conditions.

Q: Should I change my oil early if I use break-in oil?

A: No, be sure to keep the factory-fill oil in your engine before your first scheduled maintenance interval.

Find More on the Acura Maintenance Minder System at Sterling Acura of Austin

Now that you know more about how your Acura Maintenance Minder works and how to decipher Acura service codes, you can better service your vehicle around Kyle. Find more helpful maintenance guides at Sterling Acura of Austin, and save on your next visit when you take advantage of our service coupons and specials. We also offer a great selection of OEM factory parts and accessories to make your Acura all your own. Contact us today, or visit our dealership right here in Austin!

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