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#56 of 98 1st Oil Change
Aug 24, 2005 (11:57 am)
I purchased a 2005 AT TSX 3 months ago and have driven roughly 2000 miles so far. I know I have time, but I have to ask what the real timeframe is regarding oil changes? Acura says to service every 10k miles and the dealer told me to have it done every 5k. Then I am reading about certain break in additives in the oil that should be left in the car for the 1st 10k miles. Does anyone know what is the most prudent thing to do to ensure longevity of the car? Thanks for the help
#57 of 98 Re: 1st Oil Change [nyer]
Aug 25, 2005 (8:51 am)
I don't know if "break-in oil" in Hondas is urban legend or not, but there are a lot of dealers out there more than happy to tell you to go to the "long" interval on the first change. That tells me maybe there is something to that. Either way, the days of doing your first oil change at 2K seem to be gone. If it were me, I'd be in there around 6000-7500 just because the tires would already need to be rotated.
As for the 5K/10K debate beyond the first change, read the manual! I bet Acura recommends a 5K interval for "severe" driving conditions, which seem to fit the conditions that the vast majority of cars are subjected to. And you may encounter dealers that think the "severe" interval isn't severe enough, but they should really be ignored unless you want to make the general manager's boat payment.
#58 of 98 Re: 1st Oil Change [ronsteve]
Aug 25, 2005 (9:13 am)
I think the "break-in oil" does exist. Although I don't see myself waiting to get the 1st oil change at 10k miles, I most likely will wait to 7500 miles. I agree with your suggestion on when to get the 1st change. Afterwards I would look to service every 5k miles. But let's not forget that we should, and I do, check the oil every week or every fill up. The oil looks very clean after 2k miles, although I did have to add 1/2 qrt at about 1k miles. That seems to be the norm though. Thanks again for your help.
#59 of 98 Re: 1st Oil Change [nyer]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 25, 2005 (9:15 am)
I like changing at every 5K miles, as it keeps you on the 10K service interval for the rest of your services....
I can't imagine that any break-in oil hasn't done it's job by the time you've driven 5K miles... though, I'm not a Honda engineer...
#60 of 98 Re: 1st Oil Change [kyfdx]
Aug 29, 2005 (7:55 am)
This question was posted on several forums here...but I say that the responses on this forum is consistent with my thoughts.
I would allow the 'break-in' additive to perform its duties by allow it to remain close to the mileage recommendation of 10k. However...if you have driven the car more harshly during that time...change it at 7.5k. After the initial oil change...change it at 5k but no later than 7k.
#61 of 98 Maintenance Light?
Dec 22, 2005 (7:35 pm)
Can someone tell me how to turn off the Maintenance Required light? I usually do my own oil changes, etc., and would like to make this orange light stop blinking. Also, the mechanic at the dealership said it would start blinking at 7k miles (it's a 2005 TSX) but no servicing would be required until 10k (had the first oil change at 5k). Not sure if car has to be hooked up to the computer to turn off the light or not? Thanks!
#62 of 98 Re: Maintenance Light? [pj_columbia]
Dec 22, 2005 (9:45 pm)
It should be in the owners manual, but I believe it involves turning the key to the "on" position while simultaneously holding in the reset button located just below the gauges, the same one you use to reset the trip odometers.
I think you hold it for a few seconds until the dash lights go out. This is how it's done with Hondas and it should hold true with Acuras too.
#63 of 98 Re: Maintenance Light? [johnny420]
Dec 22, 2005 (11:23 pm)
Make sure the headlights are off, otherwise it won't work. (Don't ask me why, I just know that this is the way it worked for me!)
Hold down the "trip reset" button while turning the ignition switch to "ON" (but don't start the car). Continue holding the button until you see the display change to +/- °F increments, then quickly let go before the +/- °F value changes.
This will keep the "Maintenance" light off for another 8,000 miles.
#64 of 98 Re: Maintenance Light? [xplorx4]
Dec 23, 2005 (12:32 pm)
Thanks -Johnny. I'll give it a try and see if i can make it happen.
Jul 07, 2006 (9:25 am)
I have a 06 TSX and the family took it on its first road trip a few weeks ago. I did all the fluid/air checks before we left and hit the interstate Hwy. I’ve noticed the hood bouncing up/down on the car at Hwy speeds. Not a huge bounce, but enough catch my eye. I actually pulled off on an exit because I thought I forgot to close the hood properly at home. I really don’t notice the bounce with city/commuter driving.
Have other 04-06 TSX owners experienced the same problem? Is it related to rubber hood stops and/or hood latch adjustment? Wondering if I should take it in sooner or just wait for the 1st service in about 3 months.