B1 Service For Your Car

The B1 service indicator popped up on our 2015 Honda Fit at around 14,000 miles, signifying it was time for the Fit’s second oil change following the A1 oil change at 6,800 miles. The Fit’s maintenance minder system sends an alert when certain services are due based on miles traveled and engine-operating conditions.

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The “B” represents an oil and filter change plus mechanical inspection, while the “1” means it’s time for a tire rotation. The B1 service should include the following inspection, according to the Fit’s owner’s manual:

  • Inspect front and rear brakes/service as necessary
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Inspect tie-rod ends, steering gearbox and boots
  • Inspect suspension components
  • Inspect driveshaft boots
  • Inspect brake hoses and lines (including the antilock braking and vehicle stability assist systems)
  • Inspect all fluid levels and condition of fluids
  • Inspect exhaust system
  • Inspect fuel lines and connections

Our local dealership had its own interpretation of the B1 scheduled maintenance that included a brake service at an elevated cost even before the inspection of the brakes. We declined this front rotor cleaning and front caliper slide pin lubrication considering our car’s low miles and owner’s manual only suggesting service if needed.