Driving a Honda with 0% Oil Life Remaining – How Far Can I Safely Go?

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Olivia Anderson asked 6 months ago
I have a 2015 Honda Fit and the oil change indicator has just dropped to 0% from 5%. I am using full synthetic oil. Initially, I tried to schedule an oil change at 5%, but due to the first snowfall of the year, all appointments were booked with tire changes, leaving me unable to secure a slot. My current appointment is set for 8 days from now. I drive about 5 miles a day. Is it safe to continue driving my car for these 8 days, or should I seek an urgent oil change from another service provider?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 6 months ago
Hi there, Olivia! It's generally safe to drive your Honda Fit for a short period even after the oil life indicator hits 0%, especially since you're using full synthetic oil. The oil life indicator is a guideline, and modern engines, particularly with synthetic oil, can typically endure a bit beyond the recommended change interval without immediate damage. However, it's crucial not to make this a regular practice, as prolonged use of old oil can lead to increased engine wear and potentially more serious issues in the long run. Considering your situation – driving only about 5 miles a day – you should be fine for the next several days until your appointment. It's always good to monitor your car for any unusual sounds or performance issues during this time. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it's wise to seek an earlier oil change. Lastly, always ensure the oil level is within the safe range. A quick check on the dipstick can provide reassurance that the oil level is not critically low. Safe driving, and do get that oil change soon! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team