How to Reset a Honda Civic Via the Ignition Key

Updated April 17, 2017

A Honda Civic will alert you every 10,000 miles that it is time to perform standard maintenance. When this happens, a light will come on in the instrument panel. If you take the car to a Honda dealer for service, the mechanic will reset the light for you. However, if you perform system maintenance on your Honda Civic by yourself you must reset the maintenance indicator manually, using your ignition key.

Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the "On" position but don't start the vehicle. Find the trip meter button located near the bottom of the dashboard's instrument panel.

Press the trip meter button and hold it down for 10 or more seconds.

Continue to press the trip meter button and turn the ignition key to start the car. Wait for the light to turn off.


Always perform the recommended maintenance when the light comes on. While you can reset the light anytime, neglecting to perform maintenance will lead to issues later in the vehicle's life.

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