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2020 Honda Pilot Maintenance Schedule

2020 Honda Pilot

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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!

Car Maintenance Checklist

About Honda’s Maintenance Minder™

Honda vehicles include a helpful maintenance-geared feature known as the Maintenance Minder™ that helps you to keep track of when your Pilot needs scheduled maintenance.

The Maintenance Minder™ can be accessed from your vehicle’s cluster display at the center screen just beyond the steering wheel. The Maintenance Minder™ primarily measures the vehicle’s engine fuel life and will illuminate a message when oil life is significantly diminished; it codes the services that are required.

In the code guide below, we list the associated Maintenance Minder™ code you may see pop up on the screen for each required service and the recommended mileage interval for service laid out by Honda.

Maintenance Minder™ Codes

Tire RotationIn 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

Mechanic Working on Engine

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

Replacing Spark Plugs


  • 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 That You Need to Change Your Pilot’s Brakes

Brake RepairYour brakes are probably the most important safety feature on your car, and they’re your first line of defense against a possible collision. However, it’s important to make sure you’re replacing your brakes periodically to make sure they’re performing at their best every time.

Some of the most common signs that it’s time to replace your brakes is if your brakes are making a squealing sound. This is caused by a metal tab built into your brake pad that rubs against your rotor when your pads have worn down enough.

If you don’t catch that squealing sound, your stopping distance will get longer the more your brake pad wears down. It’s important for you to catch brake pad wear before it starts to affect the safety of your vehicle.

Signs of Tire Wear in Your Pilot

Tire Service CenterYour 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.

Transmission Fluid

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.

Get Your Honda Pilot the Service it Needs at Mile High Honda!

Now that you know when to schedule an appointment for your Pilot, you just need a trustworthy Honda service center that can handle your vehicle’s needs.

At Mile High Honda’s Service Center, our highly trained technicians take pride in being able to provide our local Honda drivers in Denver, Centennial, and Aurora with prompt quality checks, changes, and replacements. Schedule your visit through our online service scheduler or contact us online today!

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