All new Acura models are equipped with the Maintenance Minder oil life monitoring system. That might not mean much to you, but it should. It’s a system that’s going to save you money on maintenance costs because it tells you the best time to do an oil change on your Acura.
In the past, it used to be that oil changes needed to be performed every three months or 3,000miles. It’s much too broad – surely some cars don’t need their oil changed so often, while others might need it more frequently.
The Maintenance Minder Determines Your Oil Change Interval
With the Maintenance Minder system, your Acura uses engine operating conditions such as speed, engine temperature, ambient temperature, time, and vehicle use to calculate how soon the oil change needs to be performed. For vehicles that idle more than normal or are driven without warming the engine, the oil change interval can be shorter than average. For Acura models that see more time on the highway or are driven lightly, it can stretch the service interval out by thousands of miles.
How Do I Know the Oil Change is Due?
- When the time is approaching for your Acura’s service, the Maintenance Minder system will indicate “Service Due Soon”. This is triggered when the oil life is down to 15 percent. You’ll want to contact Jay Wolfe Acura to schedule your appointment at your convenience.
- Then, when the oil life is down to 5 percent, the Maintenance Minder will say “Service Due Now”. It’s time to get your Acura in for service, sooner rather than later.
- When the Maintenance Minder system counts down to 0 percent, it indicates on your instrument cluster “Service Past Due”. There’s no time like the present to get your Acura in for service.
Be mindful of the maintenance schedule also. In addition to routine oil changes, your Acura has other recommended and required maintenance items that need to be performed. Check your owner’s manual or ask your service advisor for details on the additional maintenance you need.