Originally Posted by S1njin
So this truck doesn't have that 'break-in period' for the oil where I have to dump it out early?
Nope. Keep the factory oil in until you get the alert to change it. The alert will come up when you have 15% oil life remaining. Bear in mind that 15% means about 1000 miles of around town driving for me. For others, it may be more or less. Bottom line, at the 15% alert, you will have ample time to plan for your maintenance. My initial response to the 15% alert was to change the oil right away as I was anxious to get the factory oil out and put in my preferred synthetic oil. Knowing what I know now, I would do as I currently do and leave it in until the 5% to 0% alert pops up.
While the factory oil isn't special, per se, it does have a heavy concentration of molybdenum (from the factory assembly process) that is considered healthy for the break-in period of your RL.
For a brief overview of the MM system, here's a link:
Briefly, the MM system groups all your maintenance around oil change intervals (OCIs). That way you don't have to make multiple trips to the shop (in case you don't DIY like many of us do here).
For instance, the first rear diff fluid change is due by 15k miles. If your normal driving routine is such that you get 6500 mile OCIs, you'll get the alert for the rear diff (-6 MM code) at the 15% call prior to 13,000 miles, probably around the 12k mile mark. If you let it run to 0% before you change, you'll hit 13,000 miles, if you see what I mean. Note.. this would be your 2nd oil change, assuming your first alert was around 5500 miles and you let it run to 0% and then did the oil change at 6500-ish miles.
Personally, I aim for the 5% to 0% MM alert before I do the upcoming maintenance. It's no big deal if you go past it a little ways.
Note that if you change oil before you get the 15% alert, you won't be notified of associated maintenance that tags along with that OCI unless you (or your shop) happen to notice the additional codes when you reset the OLI (oil life indicator - MM for short) after completing the service. And you won't get any reminders until the next time that service is due because the system thinks you completed the service when you reset the MM. The moral of the story is that if you do early oil changes (before the 15% alert), make sure you note any associated codes that are associated with that oil change and perform that maintenance too.
There are maintenance schedules posted here at the ROC which approximate the MM. The main difference is that the schedule will have some services performed early. Which is not a bad thing for your RL.
A personal thing for me is that I believe in early (and frequent) tranny fluid changes due to the design of the Honda automatic tranny. So I shoot for tranny fluid changes about every other oil change.
I believe that fresh fluids are the lifeblood of a vehicle, assuming you wish to keep it for the long haul as I do.
If you are a DIY guy, you will enjoy doing the routine servicing on the RL. Everything but a brake job can be done with the RL sitting on the ground... unless you are a really big dude.
You will also save big bucks doing the work yourself. For instance, I can do a B136 service (synthetic oil and a quality filter, tranny fluid, rear diff fluid, transfer assembly fluid, air and cabin filters, etc.) for about $125 in OEM fluids and filters. The same work at the dealer runs about $500 locally... and that's with dino oil.