To keep your Honda Pilot performing its best, you need to make sure that you keep up with its required maintenance intervals set by the manufacturer. Trying to look through your manual isn’t always the most convenient option, though.
Instead, Denver, Centennial, and Aurora area drivers can consult Mile High Honda’s online Honda Pilot maintenance schedule for everything they need to know to keep their Pilot in tip-top shape!
Maintenance Minder™ Codes
In order to indicate when you’re due for basic maintenance, the Maintenance Minder™ system uses a set of codes. These codes are broken up into two main items labeled “A” and “B” along with sub items labeled with numbers from one to seven.
Maintenance Minder™ Group A
Likely the most common group you’ll encounter with your Maintenance Minder™ system is your A group. This indicates that you need to change your oil. If you’re driving in standard conditions, you’ll likely see this reminder every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.
Within the A group, you’ll also have a few number codes that may go along with it to remind you to perform some basic maintenance services. These numbers are:
- 1: Rotate tires
- 3: Replace transmission fluid and transfer fluid
- 5: Replace engine coolant
- 7: Replace brake fluid
Maintenance Minder™ Group B
When the B group Maintenance Minder™ notification comes on, this will be to tell you several different things. The primary purpose of this group is to change your oil and oil filter, so you may see this appear after every other oil change. Other items in this group include:
- Inspect front and rear brakes
- Check parking brake adjustment
- Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots
- Inspect suspension components
- Inspect driveshaft boots
- Inspect brake hoses and lines (Including ABS/VSA®)
- Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids
- Inspect exhaust system
- Inspect fuel lines and connections
You’ll also have several sub items in this group that you should pay attention to. These include:
- Replace air cleaner element
- Replace dust and pollen filter
- Inspect drive belt
- Replace spark plugs
- Replace timing belt and inspect water pump
- Inspect valve clearance
- Replace rear differential fluid
Signs of Low Oil
If your oil is starting to get low, it’s good to know the signs you should look for so you can prevent wear on your engine. Your first sign will be when your Maintenance Minder™ light comes on; if you don’t change your oil, you might notice an oily smell in your cabin.
Once your engine has been running on low oil for long enough, you may start to hear a knocking sound in your engine. This is caused from unlubricated parts moving against each other and it’s a sign your engine is starting to take damage. Get your oil changed as soon as possible if you experience this symptom.
Signs of Tire Wear in Your Pilot
Your tires are very important when it comes to the performance of your vehicle, so you want to make sure you’re paying attention to the wear on your tread. To make your treads wear evenly as you drive, you want to rotate your tires about every time you change your oil.
If you’re looking for an easy way to check your tread depth, you can always do the penny test. Just stick a penny into your tire tread and, if Abraham Lincoln’s head is fully visible, it’s time to replace your tires.
If you drive on worn out tires, you’ll notice a reduction in traction, which will affect the way your car handles. You may also notice your stopping distance increasing as your tires get worn, and this can affect the safety of your vehicle.
Signs of Low Engine Coolant and Transmission Fluid
Your engine coolant doesn’t need to be replaced very often, but it’s important to make sure you replace it when it gets low. If you’re running on low engine coolant, your engine will eventually start to overheat, and it will start damaging parts.
As for transmission fluid, low transmission fluid can affect how smoothly your vehicle shifts. With low transmission fluid, you may experience erratic shifting and even an overheated transmission. In order to preserve the performance of your vehicle, make sure to keep up with these services.