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Oil Life 15

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What Does Oil Life 15 Mean?

Oil Life 15 refers to the percentage of the remaining oil life in a Honda vehicle.

The Honda maintenance minder system calculates the remaining engine oil life based on driving habits and mileage.

When you see Oil Life 15 on your Honda’s information display, the engine oil has approximately 15% of its usable oil life left before you need an oil change. Essentially, you’ll require servicing soon — so you should schedule an appointment. 

Now, the oil life percentage doesn’t refer to your oil level but your oil quality. When the engine oil life reaches 0%, your vehicle has degraded oil that has lost its ability to lubricate and protect the engine effectively. Driving with degraded oil could lead to engine damage or failure.

This oil life monitor is fitted in most Honda Motor Company models, including the Honda Accord, and Honda CRV.

How Do You Fix the Oil Life 15 Signal?

1. Get an Engine Oil and Oil Filter Change for Better Lubrication

Engine oil protects the internal components of the engine. As oil life decreases, your motor oil loses effectiveness. This loss can increase friction, wear and tear on engine parts, and reduce overall performance.

Changing your engine oil and oil filter removes and replaces degraded oil with fresh engine oil. Introducing fresh engine oil to your Honda vehicle returns your oil life percentage to 100%.

2. Reset Engine Oil Life Indicator For Hassle Free Driving

Resetting the oil life indicator after completing an oil change is essential to accurately reflect oil quality.

The indicator doesn’t automatically reset itself after an oil change. You need to reset it manually. Failing to reset the indicator could lead to unnecessary oil changes, affecting engine performance.

Here’s how you can reset the oil life monitor:

  1. Turn the ignition switch to “Run,” but don’t start the engine. 
  2. Press the “Select/Reset” button on either your steering wheel or your information display (refer to your owner’s manual to locate it).
  3. Press the button repeatedly until “Engine Oil Indicator %” is displayed. 
  4. Then, press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds. 
  5. Release the button, then turn the ignition switch back on. 
  6. The oil life indicator should reset.

When Should You Reset Your Honda Oil Life Percentage?

The Honda Maintenance Minder alerts you when your oil life percentage decreases to critical status, so it’s worth watching your information display.

Generally, you should perform a regular oil change every 5,000 to 7,000 miles to ensure accurate tracking of oil quality and optimal engine performance. You can reset the oil life monitor after every oil change. 

Note: The oil change interval can depend on factors such as oil type (synthetic oil vs. conventional oil) and vehicle mileage. It’s best to check your owner’s manual for specific guidelines.

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By performing an engine oil change and resetting the oil life indicator, you’re ensuring that your engine operates smoothly, efficiently, and with a reduced risk of damage.

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