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How to Reset Oil Life on a Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic Dashboard

Your Honda Civic is equipped with a number of convenient warning lights that are designed to keep you aware of the status of the engine and other components. Is the Engine Oil Indicator in your Civic showing a low level even after you’ve added or changed the oil? More often than not you’ll just need to reset the oil light. Here’s how to reset oil life on a Honda Civic: 

  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. 

It’s important to remember that the oil light needs to be reset whenever you change the oil in your Civic. If you have your oil changed at the Apple Tree Honda Service Center, our certified technicians will reset the oil light as a routine part of the service. 

What Factors Impact Oil Life in My Civic? 

There are a number of factors that can impact the oil life in your Civic. These factors include the distance you drive in miles and hours, the engine temperature and load, and the speed at which you drive on the roads in and around Johnson City. While your Honda Civic oil light helps to alert you when the oil level is low, it is always a good idea to regularly check the oil level yourself. It is a relatively easy procedure and can help you to catch potential problems before they become more serious. 

If your Honda Civic oil light comes on before your 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 Asheville as soon as possible.

Get Expert Service for Your Honda Civic at Apple Tree Honda

Need help resetting oil life on your Honda Civic? The certified technicians in the Apple Tree Honda Service Center will be happy to help. Whether it’s a routine oil change, emergency repair work, or learning how to change a tire, we’re standing by to assist you with all of your Honda service needs. Make sure to check out our current service specials and coupons, and if you’d like more service tips or have any questions, please contact our Service Center.

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