2010 Honda Accord Crosstour: Monkey in the Wrench
October 25, 2010
Driving our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour into work today I saw a yellow wrench appear in the gauge cluster, just above the tachometer, during the last 2 miles of my 50-mile commute. My first thought was, "Aw crud, what mechanical issue has arisen?" (I'm paraphrasing, of course.)
For a few seconds I just assumed I'd have to take it to the dealer to find out. Then I glanced down at the LCD display, below the two primary gauges, and saw the message, "B16 OILIFE% 15."
I should note that in the photo above I've dropped in an inset shot of the LCD readout so you could get a good look at both elements of this service message. I would have had to take a wide shot of the gauge cluster to get both images in one photo, making each of them much smaller and harder to read.
I really like these oil life monitors, as they base changes on actual oil condition, not on a set schedule that could have you getting unnecessary oil changes and wasting a non-renewable resource. The 15 percent warning is a good spot for advance notice, too. Not so early that you feel a need to rush to a dealer, but no so far ahead that you're worrying about an oil change long before you should.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 14,516 miles