2012 Honda Accord Oil Reset

A 2012 Honda Accord's oil maintenance light can be reset by holding the trip button on the right side of your instrument cluster.
Written by Claire Beaney
Reviewed by Brittni Brinn
To reset the oil light on a 2012 Honda Accord, press the trip button until the oil life light blinks, then hold it until the oil life shows 100%.
Your Accord's service light will illuminate when it's time to change the oil, and it won't turn off until you do. To make any adjustments to your car's settings, you'll need to do so manually, which can be a bit daunting if you aren't sure where to begin.
For all the information you need to know about the oil maintenance light on your 2012 Honda Accord, including how to reset it and how often you should change the oil, continue reading.
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How to reset the engine oil maintenance light on a 2012 Honda Accord

The good news is that resetting the oil life on a 2012 Accord is easy, and can be done without ever having to leave the driver's seat. Here's how it's done:
  • To get to the accessories position, turn the key once. Make sure not to turn on the engine
  • Find the trip button on the right side of the instrument cluster
  • Press the button twice or until the oil life readout appears
  • Hold the trip button for 10 seconds or until the oil life light blinks
  • Release the button
  • Press the button again and hold it for five seconds or until the oil life shows 100%
And that’s it! You should see the oil change indicator light up again when it's time to swap out your engine's oil and filter.

How often does a 2012 Honda Accord need an oil change?

Depending on how often you drive, you should change your 2012 Accord's oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles—Honda also suggests using synthetic motor oil. An oil service is one of the most crucial things you can do for your Honda Accord, as it keeps the car running smoothly and prevents
serious engine damage
.
Changing the oil and oil filter yourself could save you money if the instructions in your car's
owner's manual
say it's safe to do so. This service costs around $100, so if you're handy around the house, you can do it yourself and save yourself some serious cash—just make sure you reset the maintenance light as well!
Oil warning lights can be easily reset, even if you're just replacing the oil. If the service indicator light remains illuminated, however, or if your Accord is due for an upcoming maintenance appointment, you may need to visit a repair shop or Honda dealership.
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