The Honda CR-V is popular among casual and hardcore car enthusiasts due to its compact design and durability. CR-V stands for Comfortable Runabout Vehicle, which a lot of owners don’t actually know about. When the maintenance light comes on in your vehicle’s instrument panel, then you should have your oil and filter changed by a professional. Once this is done, the oil life notification should be reset. If you’re going to do it yourself, then we’ll be explaining how to reset your Honda CR-V’s oil maintenance light with a few simple steps.
How to Reset Oil Life Notification on Honda CRV
If you’ve changed the oil and filter of your CR-V at authorized Honda dealers, they will usually reset the maintenance reminder themselves as part of the service. Otherwise, here are the instructions to reset the oil maintenance life on your Honda CR-V.
Honda CR-V 2001-2006
For Honda CR-V models from 2001-2006, simply turn off the engine. Press and hold the [Select/Reset] button, and then turn the ignition switch to the [On] position. Hold it for about 10 seconds and wait for the indicator light to go off.
Honda CR-V 2006-2011
If you own a 2006-2011 model Honda CR-V, start with turning the ignition switch to the [On] position. Next, press the knob located on your odometer until you see the [Engine Oil Life] displayed on your screen. Afterwards, press the knob again for about 10 seconds. The information on your display should show the [Reset Mode] initial display. Go to the [Oil Life] indicator by turning the knob and waiting for the display to start blinking. Now that the [Oil Life] and the [Maintenance item code(s)] are flashing, push/select the reset knob again to reset. The maintenance notification should disappear and the [Engine Oil Life] should reset back to 100.
Honda CR-V 2012-2016
Honda CR-V models from 2012-2016 have a revamped instrument panel compared to older CR-V’s making the steps on resetting the oil life quite different. To start, simply press [Menu] on your instrument panel, then immediately go to [Maintenance Info]. Once there, press the [Source] button to enter the reset mode. There will be a prompt on the screen if you like to reset maintenance information, then select [Yes]. The maintenance indicator should disappear, and the [Engine Oil Life] display should revert back to 100%.
Honda CR-V 2017-2019
Honda CR-Vs from 2017-2019 have two different dashboards, one with an information display and the other with a driver information interface.
If you own the model with an information display, start by pressing the [TRIP] knob in the instrument panel until you see the [Engine Oil Life] in the display. Once done, hold the knob for 10 or more seconds until the display starts to blink. Continue the press and hold process for a few more seconds until the [Engine Oil Life] display returns to 100%.
Honda CR-V 2017-2019 models with driver information interface can access the reset oil life option on their vehicle via the steering wheel buttons to make and enter selections on the menu. To start, scroll up to the [Maintenance Minder Screen]. Afterwards, press and hold the [Enter] button for about 10 seconds to enter the [Reset Mode]. Locate the [Engine Oil Life] item, select it, and then simply reset to return the display to 100%.
How does my Honda CR-V determine the life of the vehicle’s engine oil?
Honda is known to have very strict standards which is why their vehicles are equipped with an indicator light to let drivers know when it’s time for an oil change. The factors that affect engine oil life are engine temperature, engine load, mileage driven, trip duration, vehicle speed, as well as engine speed. If the indicator light has come on even before reaching 5,000 miles, then your vehicle has predicted an early breakdown of your oil based on use and engine conditions. It’s best to bring your CR-V to an authorized professional for service right away when this happens.