Acura Maintenance Minder Codes And Service Schedules

Acura Maintenance Minders

A well-maintained car is a car that will give you many years of reliable service, and Acura auto engineers have made that a little easier with prompts from Acura Maintenance Codes. When the time comes for a service to be performed, you'll get a reminder in the form of an Acura Service Code that tells you what needs attention.

Acura Maintenance Minder FAQs

We'll go over some of what you need to know regarding these maintenance minder codes, as well as how to contact our Acura service department. Set up an appointment on your time and learn about our current service costs, service specials, and maintenance schedules from the experts who know your car.


How Does the Acura Maintenance Minder Work?

The Acura Maintenance Minder system is offered on the ILX, MDX, and other notable Acura models. You might have noticed that your owner's manual no longer lists a service schedule for maintenance items. The Acura Maintenance Minder now takes that over; it monitors your motor oil condition and displays it as a percentage, starting at 100% when the oil is fresh.

It also keeps track of your mileage and the oil's lubricating properties. The percentage will count down until it hits 0%, signaling the end of your oil's life and that it's time for an oil change. It takes into account factors like hours, engine operating conditions (normal or severe), ambient temperature, number of miles driven, and average speed.

With this algorithm, you might get an oil change prompt after 4,000 miles of tough stop-and-start city driving, or it may take as long as 12,000 miles of consistent interstate use.

What Do the Acura Maintenance Codes Mean?

Acura Maintenance Minder Codes
Code What It Means
15% Oil change service is due soon & has 15% oil life remaining
5% Oil change service is due now & has 5% oil life remaining
0% Service is overdue: take your Acura for an oil change now
A - Main Code Replace engine oil
B - Main Code Replace engine oil, filter change, rotate the tires, front and rear brake inspecition, check parking brake adjustment, and other inspections
1 - Sub Code Tire Rotation
2 - Sub Code Replace dust/pollen filter, check drive belt, replace the air filters, air cleaner element
3 - Sub Code Replace transmission and transfer fluid
4 - Sub Code Replace spark plugs, check the water pump, inspect valve clearance, replace the timing belt (if required)
5 - Sub Code Replace the engine coolant
6 - Sub Code Replace the rear differential fluid

Different maintenance items will be assigned various codes and subcodes, and of course, these tasks will come up at different times. A code that populates on the TLX or RDX may appear in any combination of the letters and numbers in our outline below. Here's a quick overview:

  • A: replace the engine oil and filter only

  • B: replace engine oil and filter, rotate the tires, inspect front and rear brakes, inspect parking brake for tightness and adjust if needed, and inspect any other items that might be specific to your vehicle

Then, you'll see subcodes that come up when the main Acura service codes are triggered:

  1. Get a tire rotation, which you can access by popping into our tire service center

  2. Replace the air cleaner element, check the engine drive belt, replace the cabin dust and pollen filter

  3. Replace the transmission fluid and transfer case fluid

  4. Replace the spark plugs, replace the timing belt, inspect the water pump, inspect valve clearance

  5. Flush and replace the engine coolant

  6. Replace the rear differential fluid

With this in mind, an A12 code would mean you need an oil change, tire rotation, air cleaner, drive belt, and a cabin air filter. B123 would refer to oil change, tire rotation, brake inspection, parking brake, cabin air filter, drive belt, and transmission fluid. Notice how some of the subcodes overlap with the B-code services. A13 would be oil change, tire rotation, and transmission fluid. A16 would be oil change, tire rotation, and rear differential fluid. B14 would mean oil change, tire rotation, engine coolant flush, and so on.

Acura A1 Maintenance Minder Code

The A-code is determined by the algorithm according to driving conditions. For instance, if you're driving for a rideshare service in an urban area, the algorithm will take note of that and send you a prompt a lot sooner than if you were driving 20,000 highway miles a year in a warm climate like Florida. These codes are user-specific, as Maintenance Minder knows that things like oil changes aren't a one-size-fits-all service.

Acura B1 Maintenance Minder Code

The B-codes and subcodes aren't necessarily a lower priority than oil changes. They are important for total vehicle maintenance and should be performed according to schedule. Even things that may seem like a lower priority are still going to be important in regards to your vehicle's reliability, resale value, longevity, and continued warranty coverage.

Having top-tier maintenance and subcode maintenance performed simultaneously means that the system's codes stay in sync with each other, plus you won't be getting confused about what service was performed when. Missing service intervals will be a thing of the past. Remember that the Maintenance Minder might also shorten service intervals for things like tire rotations to keep them harmonized with A-code maintenance.

Acura Service Costs and Scheduling

So if you see Acura Maintenance codes and reminders for B16, A13, B13, A123, A14, or any other combination, just go ahead and schedule Acura service with our tire or service center, and we'll be more than happy to take care of it for you. While you're at it, check with us for any service specials we're offering at the time - we run them regularly!

Accelerated Service
Maintenance Minder
Code A1 and B1
Equivalent to 15,000 Maintenance Interval

  • Tire Rotation
  • Change Engine Oil With Genuine Acura Motor Oil And Parts
  • Change Engine Oil Filter (Optional For A)  
  • Test Battery Condition
  • Comprehensive Multi-Point Inspection
  •     All Exterior Lighting
  •     Hand Torque All Lug Nuts
  •     Inspect Brake Component
  •     Measure Brake Lining Wear
  •     Inspect Suspension Components
  •     Inspect Underside Of Chassis
  •     Inspect Seat Belts
  •     Inspect All Vital Fluids
  •     Adjust Tire Pressure
  •     Inspect Tire Condition


Accelerated Service

Maintenance Minder
Code A1, 2 and B1, 2
Equivalent to 15,000 Maintenance Interval

  • Tire Rotation
  • Change Engine Oil With Genuine Acura Motor Oil And Parts
  • Change Engine Oil Filter (Optional For A)  
  • Test Battery Condition
  • Comprehensive Multi-Point Inspection
  •     All Exterior Lighting
  •     Hand Torque All Lug Nuts
  •     Inspect Brake Component
  •     Measure Brake Lining Wear
  •     Inspect Suspension Components
  •     Inspect Underside Of Chassis
  •     Inspect Seat Belts
  •     Inspect All Vital Fluids
  •     Adjust Tire Pressure
  •     Inspect Tire Condition 
  • Replace Engine Air Filter
  • Replace Cabin Air Filter
  • Measure Tire Wear

 
Accelerated Service
Maintenance Minder
Code 3 Automatic Transmission Fluid Change
Does not include transfer fluid change for AWD models

  • Drain transmission fluid and replace with Genuine Acura Transmission Fluid
Accelerated Service
Maintenance Minder
Code 6 Differential Fluid Change

  • Drain differential fluid and replace with Genuine Acura Differential Fluid

Additional Services Offered

  • Engine Air Filter
  • Acura Replacement Battery
  • Replace Brake Fluid
  • Exterior Lighting Bulb(most)



  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Manual Transmission Service
  • Battery Service
  • AC Evaporator Service 


  • Tire Rotation
  • Transfer Fluid Change
  • Replace Engine Coolant


  • Wiper Blade Inserts (each)
  • Synthetic Oil*
  • Wheel Alignment 


 
*Synthetic oil required on certain models.

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