Originally Posted by Ryu69
Hey guys. I have a Honda Fit Sport 2009 from Canada. My Oil change indicator turned 5% yesterday. My usual oil change place is booked until next saturday. Will I last until then? will it be harmful to drive the car when oil change indicator is 0%? Should i just get it changed right away? Thanks
I don't mean to offend anyone, but many who have replied to this thread sound like they believe it when someone says "the sky is falling, Chicken Little". You can use your Maintenance Minder as a guide, but you don't have to live and breathe by it! You won't fall off the edge of the earth when it hits zero!
Personally, I don't pay any attention to the maintenance minder on my Fit. I keep ALL maintenance records in a three-ring notebook for all 8 of my cars or I'd never be able to keep track of what I need to do and when. I do all maintenance on my cars, including engine and transmission rebuilding, alignments, tire changes, you name it. Never have any arguments with my mechanic, since I'm him
The Fit maintenance minder is a general guideline. Before we had them, people relied on the sticker on the door jamb, or their maintenance notebook (you DO keep one, don't you?) for when to change oil. Like someone said, your engine isn't going to blow up if you go a week beyond 0%. It's much more harmful to a car to let the oil level run too low than it is to go a few miles longer before an oil change.
I got news for you, if you drive with conventional motor oil, you aren't doing your car any favors, especially if you plan on keeping it for a long time. Treat your engine to good brand name fully synthetic motor oil. Change it when the oil manufacturer recommends. That means if you are using Mobil 1, change it at 15,000 miles. And believe me, the oil manufacturers KNOW when they give a recommended mileage change interval, people will stretch those limits, so there's a safety factor built into Mobil's 15,000 miles. Use synthetic and you'll save money on oil, you'll save money on gas, and your engine will have less wear due to its superior lubricating properties. I've been using synthetic since the mid 1980's and couldn't be happier with it's superior performance.
I recently sold a 1995 Ford Escort 4 banger with over 200,000 miles. Where I live, they use a ton of road salt and the body was like Swiss cheese, but the engine still ran great. I used Mobil 1 and changed it every 20,000 miles. When it was new, it got 35mpg, when I sold it, it got 35-40mpg. It used one quart of oil every 5000 miles when I sold it last month. Same oil consumption as when it was new. I rest my case. If you plan to go this route, buy the best oil filter money can buy. There are several good ones out there: K&N, Mobil 1, Purolator PureOne. This is also a good policy even if you insist on sticking with "dino" oil. Don't skimp on oil filters.
BTW, don't waste your money on "synthetic blend" oils. To me, that's like mixing Johhny Walker Blue with White Horse to save money.
My '07 Fit Sport manual has 127,000 miles and still uses less than a quart of oil every 9000 miles, which is remarkable in my book. On the highway I get 40- 43 mpg @ 60mph. I get 30mpg @ 80mph. There are hybrids that don't do any better! Kudos to Honda's engineering.