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Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:39 pm
by Ego
The maintenance indicator wrench on the dashboard of our Honda Fit turned on last week. Over the weekend I completed the service. I thought it might be useful for others who have never done basic automobile maintenance to tackle this one. It is definitely doable for an absolute beginner.

The indicator (an orange wrench) shows up with a code, in this case the code was A12.

Just for fun I asked Mrs. Ego to call the dealer and a few local Honda shops to find out what they would charge for the service. The range was $240 at the lowest to a vague..."it probably won't be more than $500" at the highest.

I googled "2012 Honda Fit maintenance code A12" and found that it indicated the car was due for the following.

-oil change |
-oil filter change |
-cabin air filter change |
-engine air filter change |
-serpentine belt inspection** |
-tire rotation*
-reset the maintenance indicator light |

I went to the automotive parts at and entered my vehicle make and year then bought the parts I would need for $54.27 including 5 quarts of synthetic oil with free delivery.

*we bought the tires at Discount Tire where they will rotate them for free.
** I just looked at our serpentine belt. I did not use the tool. It looked fine.

I poured the used oil into a cat litter container I got from the recycle bin and will drop it off at one of the recycle centers the next time I am passing one.

Total time was about an hour from start to finish with most of that being cleanup time.

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:53 pm
by Sclass
Fun to save money. I kind of laughed at the clear maintenance light action. I always have to read our accord and civic book to remember the sequence of press the button and turn the key etc. Reading pays!

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:40 pm
by Sclass
Ego wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:39 pm

** I just looked at our serpentine belt. I did not use the tool. It looked fine.
Just thought I’d put down for next time. This tool is available in the Free Loaner tool rental program at Autozone. You don’t have to buy anything. You basically pay a slightly inflated price for the tool and then you get to return it.

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:31 pm
by davtheram12
Great work! Glad to hear more members drive a Honda Fit. They are great cars. I was able to get 126K miles on the original serpentine belt for my 2011 Honda Fit. Sclass is right about renting the tool for the service. Autozone has learned that customers are more likely to buy the part from the same location where they can rent the tool.

Replacing the serpentine belt takes a little more effort since you have to remove the passenger front wheel, remove part of the wheel-well cover and front bumper splash shield and wiggle the new belt on as you fight the tension from the belt tensioner. Not too difficult but takes a little more finesse.

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:14 pm
by Gilberto de Piento
davtheram12 wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 7:31 pm
Replacing the serpentine belt...
This can be controversial in budget car repair circles but some people like to change the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys when changing the belt. It can be cheap insurance against a breakdown.

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:08 pm
by Sclass
Yeah, depends on the quality of the OE tensioner. I had a Saturn in 94 with a crusty tensioner bearing when I pulled the first belt. They used a cheap bearing. It only lasted to the first belt. It would have failed soon after. Really depends on component quality.

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:41 pm
by davtheram12
@Gilberto de Piento
What Sclass said was accurate. Bearing wear is largely dependent on quality of the component and sometimes driving conditions. If it gave people better piece of mind I would recommend changing the belt tensioner and idler pulley but only with OEM components (provided they were made with quality materials to begin with). I've gone a little too cheap with some parts in the past and had to replace them after they failed or began showing signs of premature wear.

Re: Fixit Log

Posted: Fri Feb 14, 2020 3:47 pm
by Gilberto de Piento
I've had the same problem. Don't buy the cheapest brake rotors and pads.