How do I reset the maintenance on a 2001 Honda Civic?

What are the steps to reset the maintenance light on a 2001 Honda Civic? My grandpa was recently diagnosed with dementia, and as a safety precaution, he doesn’t want to drive anymore. He decided to give me his old car. I plan to use this car and continue the maintenance, but I don’t know how to reset the maintenance light.

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I’m so sorry to hear about your grandpa’s diagnosis—it’s very kind of him to give you his car.
To reset the maintenance on a 2001 Honda Civic, follow these quick and simple steps:
  • Put the key in the ignition and do not start the car.
  • Located on the dashboard, push and hold the Reset button.
  • Hold down the button and turn the ignition on. Once the vehicle is on, continue to hold down the switch for roughly 15 seconds until you see the Maintenance Required light turn off.
  • Release the button. Turn off the car.
  • Start the vehicle to confirm the Maintenance light is reset.
Now you know how to reset this maintenance light!
Since you will be driving your grandpa’s vehicle, remember to go to a DMV with him to transfer the title to you. He will also need to inform his insurance company of this change.
To legally drive your new car, make sure you have an auto policy in place. If you’re shopping for car insurance, try the Jerry app. A licensed broker, Jerry does all the hard work of finding cheap quotes from more than 50 of the top name-brand insurance companies, including Nationwide and Travelers. The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance.
Phoebe Mah
Answered on Dec 21, 2021
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