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Hey Insighters,

My "Maint Reqd" light flashes for about 10 seconds each time I turn on the car. Do you know what this means? I thought that light was supposed to turn on steadily, not flash for 10 seconds.

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Just ignore it. It will come on steady soon enough. ;) :p

Seriously, it means your approaching 7,500 miles since the last reset of the maintenence counter. Shortly before or at 7,500 miles it will remain on til a reset.

With the key on press and hold the trip function button on the gauge cluster for 30 sec or so until the light winks off. It also may requie the segment meter function to be off. The FDC button, toggle, <==> thingy. ;)

But don't forget the next maintenance sequence then pending by the odometer. :)

HTH! :)
 

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The maintenance light will blink when you are within the 500 mile perimeter of the required maintenance. The light will stay on solid when you reach the required mileage, as John has indicated. It'a a reminder to go get oil and a filter.

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My Dealer (Norm Reeves Honda, Cerritos, CA) recommends 5,000 mi. intervals for oil changes for the Insight. Since I'm used to 3,000 mi. oil changes on my Miata, 5,000 mi. seemed a bit long . . . and 7,500 mi. seems way too long to go between oil/filter changes.

That said, my "Perform Maintenence" Light came flickering on right at 11,500 mi. It hasn't come back on (flicker or solid), so I'm not quite sure what it's reminding of, but as long as I continue with my every 5,000 mi. oil changes, I'm inclined not to worry of some impending doom!

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Hi Insightful Trekker,

I tried your method, but it didn't work. Maybe I was doing something wrong. But I tried it with both FCD on and FCD off.

All I got after 30 sec. push on the "trip" button was that the mpg number would flash.

When you say "Key on" do you mean just to the first click, i.e. when the lights come on the display, but the engine is not started? Or do you mean with the engine running?

I tried my best to follow your instructions to the letter, but the Maintenence Required light is still on.

Please advise :)

Best Regs,
Rick / 2006 CVT
 

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IIRC you have to hold down the trip button while you turn the key to ON, then keep holding it for 30 seconds or so until the light goes out. It's also in your owner's manual (if you have one).

That being said, my trip button has become almost impossible to push and make contact (i.e., the button goes in, but no connection).
 

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Thanks bretthans!,

I pushed the "Trip" button before turning the key on, and it worked! My "Maint - Req'd" light is off!

I appreciate the quick response!

Best Regs,
Rick
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Necropost here, but it's relevant.

I was driving back to my school this morning in pouring rain and when the Maintenance required light flashed a few time and went away, it scared me as bad as the CEL that one time.

Good to know it just means I need an oil change, until I read the post, I thought it was damage from the world's largest pothole I accidentally hit on Saturday, glad it's not, because I saw no damage on the car, but the impact was a rough one.

Need to find the right oil and filter soon, whatever it is.
 

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It hasn't come back on (flicker or solid), so I'm not quite sure what it's reminding of, but as long as I continue with my every 5,000 mi. oil changes, I'm inclined not to worry of some impending doom!
If you take blink codes from the car while the minder is active it will blink a code to show which service is needed. Then one has to lookup the blink code in the repair manual for all the assorted details of exactly what is required for each service interval, to be fully complaint with manufacturer service specs.
 

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I've always been a proponent of changing the oil at 7K miles if running synthetic.

In my 2004 Corvette that I used to own, GM had a wonderful algorithm that takes into account engine load, mileage etc etc and low and behold 7K miles is the right mileage to change the oil running synthetic.

I don't know the mileage when the maintenance schedule is due on the insight.
I believe its more than 7K miles isn't it?

I recently changed over to a mobile 1 high capacity oil filter allowing twice the mileage between change out, so my next plan is to change the oil at 7K but leave the filter since it is high capacity.
 

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I've always been a proponent of changing the oil at 7K miles if running synthetic....
I used to think changing the oil at low mileage intervals was critical, but I read a few posts where people had their oil analyzed and based on the results could safely run longer on the oil (and some of the analyses WERE on oil that had been run many miles, like around 10k miles). So, I've gotten a couple oil analyses myself. The first was at 6000 miles, the second at 6800 miles. I meant to run longer on the second batch, but that didn't pan out. But anyway, the results suggested - and the company that did the analysis suggested - that I try 8500-9000 miles. And for the second change I even used a filter that had already been used for 5000 miles... So it doesn't look like low mileage oil changes are all that critical, at least in the Insight. The manual suggests 7500 I believe...
 

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I used to think changing the oil at low mileage intervals was critical, but I read a few posts where people had their oil analyzed and based on the results could safely run longer on the oil (and some of the analyses WERE on oil that had been run many miles, like around 10k miles). So, I've gotten a couple oil analyses myself. The first was at 6000 miles, the second at 6800 miles. I meant to run longer on the second batch, but that didn't pan out. But anyway, the results suggested - and the company that did the analysis suggested - that I try 8500-9000 miles. And for the second change I even used a filter that had already been used for 5000 miles... So it doesn't look like low mileage oil changes are all that critical, at least in the Insight. The manual suggests 7500 I believe...
What you're saying is it didn't *oil* pan out?
 

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I used to think changing the oil at low mileage intervals was critical, but I read a few posts where people had their oil analyzed and based on the results could safely run longer on the oil (and some of the analyses WERE on oil that had been run many miles, like around 10k miles). So, I've gotten a couple oil analyses myself. The first was at 6000 miles, the second at 6800 miles. I meant to run longer on the second batch, but that didn't pan out. But anyway, the results suggested - and the company that did the analysis suggested - that I try 8500-9000 miles. And for the second change I even used a filter that had already been used for 5000 miles... So it doesn't look like low mileage oil changes are all that critical, at least in the Insight. The manual suggests 7500 I believe...
My question is this: it costs money to do these tests. After you find the benchmark interval to change the oil, how do you trust that the next oil change segment is going to be the same mileage? Meaning there is a chance something changes in the engine. If that's the case does it not mean that oil analysis needs to be continually done thru out the life of the engine? If so, is it financially viable? Clearly there is some merit to the reduction of consumption of oil from a ecological perspective.
But it seems to me you are caught in a catch 22.. meaning once you start this process, you must commit to the process otherwise you're guessing.
I've never done oil analysis before so just trying to get an education on the whole topic.
 

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What you're saying is it didn't *oil* pan out?
ha ha. Didn't mean 'to pun'...

Andrewdonald1 said:
My question is this...
On your questions... Put it this way: your decision about the oil change interval likely comes from something you read about oil change intervals, similar to how most people base their oil change interval on the owner's manual, 'common wisdom' or whatever. But you and these people don't have to re-make that decision every time you change the oil, do you? So why would it be any different for me and others who have decided to use oil analysis to inform that decision? We've simply substituted real, firsthand data for 'common wisdom' and the like.

So, I wasn't planning on doing a second test, but it's a bit addictive. I'll probably do one more and then another somewhere a ways down the line. I'd say a few tests are probably easily worth the money, as not only do you get a sense of how appropriate your oil change interval is and of what it should be; you find out the condition of your engine and how it's wearing. That's worth something in its own right, but it's also likely worth something in the market for used cars (if it's good info, that is)... I mostly just wanted to know how my engine was wearing...
 

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I own a gen 2 and although it wants you to change at ten thousand miles, I do it at 8.

I do it by ear as when oil wears out so to speak it has used up the additives and you start to get little noises that werent there before like rattles, knocking, tapping, etc.

If you change oil too early you waste money, too late and you accelerate engine wear.
 

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In line 4 or a V12.

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