How to Reset Oil Life Honda

Oil life is the percentage on your Honda’s dashboard indicating the quality of your engine’s oil but not the level of your oil. The oil life indicator is a vital component of your Honda’s maintenance system. With fresh oil, the oil life percentage resets at 100%; then it gradually goes down as you go more miles. At 50%, your Honda still has 50% life or lubricating ability, and at 20%, it still has 20% lubricating ability. Your Honda will continue monitoring engine operating conditions automatically. A yellow wrench icon will then display on the dashboard when the oil life percentage reaches 15%. The icon is to alert you that Honda needs some care and maintenance.

When your oil life indicates 0%, it means your engine oil change is overdue. Your oil has outlived its ability to lubricate, and you are using degraded oil, which may severely damage your Honda’s engine. The oil life indicator has to make changes frequently because the engine oil has a limited lifespan of its usefulness. The sensors sample the oil to gauge the oil’s remaining life or oil’s condition basing on these factors.

Presence of Water

Water hinders the oil’s usefulness since it is an impurity in the oil. Water also corrodes the metal surfaces creating severe damages.

Mechanical Properties

Piezoelectric sensors (view on Amazon) can determine the thickness of the oil by the pressure feedback it displays when moving around.


The condition of the oil can also be determined by how easily current from electricity passes through the oil. If the number of contaminants is high, the electrical resistance will be lower.

Soot Concentration

Soot is a definite indication of dirty oil.

The oil life monitor, however, has some of its limitations. Here are some of the things that oil life monitors don’t track.


Since the oil life motor does not track the level of oil in your engine, it is recommended that you check every time you get gas so that you don’t risk running entirely out of fuel.

Oil Quality

The monitor is quite incapable of differentiating between different kinds of oil; for that reason, it may trigger even if it still has a long lifespan to go.

Oil Analysis

An oil life monitor cannot alert you even if your oil has wear metals. This can only be done effectively by oil analysis.

How to Reset Honda Oil life Indicates

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Monitors do not measure the level of the oil. Sensors collect data from your Honda on how many miles you have gone, the time covered, temperature changes, and how much work the engine has been subjected to. The power control module, the main onboard computer, sends data to the monitoring system.

This data will be used to accurately calculate the oil life and indicate the next due oil change. Reset your system sensor to the current information to be sure that the engine is not damaged. The PCM will continue sending false information that will cause serious mechanical issues if you don’t reset the system. Here is how to reset oil life percentage in different Honda models.

Honda 2018 CR-V models

Find the knob indicated ‘TRIP’ located on the inside part of the instrument panel. Hold it down to show the option for the engine life oil.

Hold the knob down continuously until the area of display blinks. Hold it down for not less than 10 seconds for the display area to blink.

Release the knob once you see changes. It should now read 100%.

Driver Information Interface (D11) Honda Model

  1. Scroll using the D11 until an option for maintenance reminder appears then choose it.
  2. On this interface, hold down the enter button till a menu appears.
  3. Choose the option for maintenance on the menu.
  4. Change what you needed to change.

Honda Civic

Resetting oil life on a Honda Civic is very easy as there is a display constantly of the percentage of oil life.

  1. Turn the key in the ignition to turn the car on without the engine turning on. Pressing the push button twice without turning the brake pedal will also turn the car on while the engine is off.
  2. Locate the knob indicating ‘TRIP’ and press it in rapid succession until the display for maintenance appears.
  3. Hold down the knob till the system changes data and maintenance reminder indicates 100%.

Honda Accord

Different Honda Accord models have different oil life reset methods.

For 2013-2019 models turn on the key in the ignition without turning on the engine.

  • Press down the knob continuously for not less than 10seconds till the area of display blinks.
  • Stop pressing the knob then press it again until it has been reset to 100%.

Older Models

  1. Turn the key in the ignition to the ‘Run’ position.
  2. Go to the menu and press RESET/SELECT to prompt the percentage indicator for oil life. Adjust your setting.

Honda Fit

  1. Turn the key in the ignition to the ‘RUN’ position. Just before the start position.
  2. Press the reset knob continuously until the oil life indicator comes on the display.
  3. Hold down the reset knob for about 10seconds until the display area blinks, and the menu prompt appears.
  4. Hold down the reset knob again for about 10 seconds until the menu prompt disappears, and oil life is reset to 100%.
  5. Turn the key in the ignition back to the off position then restart your engine to confirm if the oil life indicator has been restart.

Low Oil Pressure Light on After Resetting Oil Life Percentage?

Sometimes you may see the light on your dashboard. This light is more like an alert or warning that it is time to change your oil. The alerts are usually self an explanatory, and when you see them, you’ll know that it is time to see your mechanic. Red lights are, however, an indication that your engine is in serious danger. Running an engine with low pressure and low engine oil levels causes a lot of damage to your Honda due to a lack of proper lubrication in the engine. If there is still light on your dashboard even after changing and resetting your oil life, then something else is the problem. Here are some of the common problems that trigger the oil warning light.

Low Engine Oil

This is an unusual cause because the oil’s intake pump is located below the oil pan. Even low amounts of engine oil, if subjected to pressure, are enough to lubricate the entire engine without triggering them. However, the light may be caused by the oil system leakage, clogged filters, or incorrectly positioned drain plug.

Faulty Oil Pressure Sensor

A faulty oil pressure sensor can give inaccurate readings of low pressure, which will trigger your light. The faulty oil pressure sensor can be as a result of sludge from the engine clogging the sensor. However, it does not ignore the light coming on think it’s a false reading.

Oil Pump Problem

The oil pump pushes oil out of the oil pan located at the bottom of the engine and deposits it into the engine from the top side. A faulty oil pump will fail to function effectively and cause oil warning light.

Low Oil Pressure

This is the most probable reason why the oil warning light is on. An engine sensor determines if the pressure is high enough to go through small holes in the piston and other parts of the engine. Low pressure will not channel the oil in all the required parts causing the engine to fail due to friction resulting from lack of lubrication. This damages the engine severely.

Faulty Oil Pressure Gauge

Electrical and wiring issues can damage an oil pressure gauge causing it to malfunction and give inaccurate readings. Your engine may have sufficient oil, but if the pressure gauge is faulty false signals will be sent, causing the oil lights to come on. A pressure test should be carried out to confirm if there is pressure or lack of pressure.

Oil Viscosity

The high viscosity of oils, especially during cold seasons, hinders the flow of oil due to its thickness, thus reducing the pressure. If the oil is flowing slowly, pressure won’t build up rapidly. This is also another possible reason for the oil lights.

Engine Overheating

Overheating occurs when the engine is overworked or if it overstayed under high temperatures. Overheating causes the oil to thin hence lowering the pressure of the oil. This is similar to low viscosity oil.

Worn out Internal Components

All the engine components take part in the combustion process. If the engine components become faulty, the oil may accidentally get into the combustion chamber and get burnt out. This will significantly drop the engine oil level and consequently, the oil pressure. A blue smoke exiting through the tail is a clear indication that oil entered the combustion chamber. This, too, will make the oil light come on.

How to Prevent the Oil Life Percentage Light

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How to Turn off ‘Change Oil’ Light

If the light is functioning accordingly, it should come on and go off when you turn the key and start the engine. If the light stays, then you probably need to oil your engine or reset your oil lights.

Step 1

Check the oil since the light is an alert that you need to inspect your oil. Put a dipstick to check the level of the oil and ensure that oil is flowing properly. If everything is okay, then the other most likely cause is your reset button.

Step 2

Turn the key in the ignition to on position. The engine should remain turned off. In a duration of 5 seconds, press down the accelerator three times then turn on the engine. Your mission is successful if the oil lights go off. Proceed to the third step if the light stays.

Step 3

Find the fuse box located underneath the dash between the door and the steering wheel. Look for the reset button inside the fuse box and press it until it beeps three times. Thereafter turn on the engine and confirm if your oil light is reset successfully.

If the oil lights stay after trying out the two methods that are widely used to reset the oil light, then the cause of the illuminating oil lights is one of the previously mentioned causes. You may need to consult your mechanic.

After have to tackle all your maintenance issues, reset the maintenance minder of your Honda. Turn on the ignition switch, hold down the reset knob until there is a display of the engine oil life indicator. Hold down the knob again until the code disappears, giving your engine oil new life.

After changing the oil, Honda’s oil status indicator should be reset. Usually, your mechanic or dealer resets it for you. However, you can do it yourself if you know the right steps to follow.