2012 Honda Odyssey Oil Reset

To reset the oil life light in your 2012 Honda Odyssey, follow these steps.
Written by Kathryn Mae Kurlychek
Reviewed by Claire Beaney
Your 2012 Honda Odyssey’s oil life light will let you know when an oil change is due—but you’ll have to reset the light manually using the trip meter button on your odometer after each oil service. 
For many, car maintenance is a ceaseless task—and between replacing oil changes and tire rotations, it can be hard to keep track of when it’s time for the next service. That’s why most Honda vehicles include a maintenance reminder system that warns you of upcoming services—including when it’s time to change the engine oil. 
The catch? You’ll have to reset the oil life light manually after an oil change has been completed. In this guide, we’ll show you just how to get it done!
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How to reset the engine oil maintenance light on a 2012 Honda Odyssey

The Honda Odyssey Maintenance Minder™ system helps take the guesswork out of regular oil changes, by displaying the engine oil life on your vehicle’s odometer (underneath the mileage reading). When it’s time to change your engine oil, an indicator icon shaped like a wrench will light up on the display, letting you know a service is due—but even after you’ve changed the oil, that light may not automatically turn off.
Instead, you’ll have to reset it manually. Here’s how to do that: 
  • Start by turning the ignition to the “ON” position (without starting the vehicle itself). 
  • Push the trip meter button located on the odometer underneath the fuel gauge, until you see the words Oil Life% appear.
  • Once you’ve found this screen, hold down on the trip meter button for about 10 seconds or so—until the words begin to flash.
  • Release the button, then press it once. The words “CANCEL” should appear on the screen; press the button again to clear it.
  • Press the trip meter button one more time
  • Hold down on the button until the screen returns to its regular display
  • Turn the ignition to the “OFF” position
And that’s it! The next time you start your Odyssey, the oil life should be reset. You’ll know you’ve done things right if the wrench icon has disappeared! 

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

Honda recommends changing your engine oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but it’s still a good idea to get in the habit of checking your oil levels regularly—especially if you’re coming up on that 5k mark. Oil changes keep your Odyssey performing at its best, and can help prevent
serious damage to your engine
, making it one of the most important maintenance services for any car owner. 
Honda suggests checking your oil levels every time you refuel your Odyssey—and when it’s time to change the oil, make sure to use 4.2 quarts of Genuine Honda Motor Oil, or a premium-grade 0W-20 detergent oil with an API Certification Seal on the container. Synthetic oil will also work, so long as it meets the same basic qualifications. 
The average cost of a Honda Odyssey oil change is between $115 and $130, according to RepairPal. But you can save hundreds by replacing your oil and oil filter at home, following the steps laid out in your
owner’s manual
. Just don’t forget to reset the oil life light when you’re done! 
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