How to Reset a Honda Civic Service Indicator

Updated February 21, 2017

Honda Civics display maintenance and oil life indicators on the information display when regular service is needed. If the service indicator shows an oil change is needed, the display shows the oil life percentage to let the driver know how soon the oil should be replaced. When the oil is changed or other regular maintenance is performed, the service indicator should be reset so the computer can accurately keep track of when the next service is needed. Many mechanics will reset the indicator when they perform the service. You can reset the indicator manually if the mechanic does not, or if you do the maintenance yourself. These instructions apply to Honda Civics built for the 2006 to 2011 model years, or the eighth generation.

Turn the ignition to the "on" position without starting the engine.

Press the "Select/Reset" button repeatedly until the service indicator or oil life is displayed on the control panel.

Press and hold the "Select/Reset" button until the service indicator or oil life begins to flash on and off.

Press and hold the "Select/Reset" button until the service indicator turns off or the oil life counter resets to "100."

Turn the ignition switch off.

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