zroger73, I have read many of your posts concerning this issue and found you very knowledgable. My question is this. When I purchased my ridgeline I was not familiar with the MM. I have had a couple of oil changed at the dealer and they did not bother to tell me to just follow the MM and changed the oil. My understanding is having done this it has messed up the MM for future maintenance references and cannot be adjusted to where it will be current. Reading some of your previous posts am I correct that the following should be done at these approximate mileages if one has messed up the MM. Differential fluid at 15000 mile and again at 45000 mile. Transfer case and transmission around 45000 miles. Sorry if this is not exactly fo;;owing ths thread, but may be of help to others like myself.1. There IS a break-in procedure. It's outlined in the full Owner's Manual. Basically, don't floor it. accelerate suddenly, or tow for the first 600 miles. Don't brake hard for the first 200 miles.
2. Honda advises dealers not to change the oil until the Maintenance Minder prompts for an oil change. For the average driver, this occurs at approximately every 8,500 miles, but will vary depending on how the vehicle is driven.
3. Changing the oil prematurely may extend the time it takes for the engine to reach its peak efficiency and lowest amount of oil consumption.
You won't damage the vehicle by changing the oil early. The only damage is to your pocketbook and the environment.
There are dozens of threads on here and every other forum oversaturated with opinions and experiences about oil change intervals and the type of oil to use. Ridgeline owners on this very forum have exceeded 300,000 miles by changing the oil only when prompted by the Maintenance Minder and using inexpensive, bulk oil from dealerships. Oil analyses of owners' oil have confirmed that Honda's Maintenance Minder is more than adequate.