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Old 20 Jul 2010, 03:46 am
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Default Honda Element needs maintaince?

I don't have much knowledge about cars.

My car is a new Honda Element and the maintaince indicator is on.

It also shows Oil life is 15%.what does this mean?

What should I do?Should I bring it to a Honda dealer?

Does it cost any money?
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Old 20 Jul 2010, 04:01 am
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Honda pull those there so you would know when to change your oil. It's reset by honda or a jiffy lube place after they change the oil. In the handbook that came with the Element there's way's to turn it off if you do your own oil changes. You can always call honda service.

Basiclly that lights going to drive you crazy and you'll get the oil changed more than people driving around 8k-10k between oil changes.

lights also come on at every service point now the remind to take it in.
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Old 20 Jul 2010, 04:16 am
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Oil life % is just to get you in for an oil change, the % is based on how many miles have been driven since the last time the maintenance light was reset and new oil was supposed to be put in, it is in no way accurate to the actual condition of the oil.

Don't confuse the maintenance light with a Check Engine Light, maintenance lights are pre-set to come on at certain times just for routine maintenance. There should be a page in your owners manual that will tell you how to reset the light.

If you take it to a dealer, they will just suggest your basic oil and filter change along with maybe the air filter. Also maybe a couple other small maintenance things. Yes it costs money.
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Old 20 Jul 2010, 04:31 am
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This is just normal maintenance. If it's a brand new Element, I believe the initial oil change comes earlier than the regular interval. If you've already had the oil changed it's also possible that the light wasn't reset.

For everything you could possibly want to know about your Element, go to This a very active and informative (free) site for Element owners, not affiliated with Honda.
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