2010 1st Maintenance reminder A1 ... A16?
I don't know if this is unique to the 2010's, or to the SH-AWD's ... so I'll throw it out to the '09 SH-AWD owners for some input (as I'm pretty sure I'm one of (if not the) first people to hit this mileage plateau in the '10).
Last Friday, at 8399 miles, I got my first SERVICE DUE SOON - A1 message which corresponded to my oil life hitting the 15% plateau. This afternoon, after filling up before coming home from work, as soon as I started the car the the message changed to A16. According to the owners manual, this indicates replacing the rear differential fluid, with the following explanation:
"Driving in mountainous areas at very low vehicle speeds results in higher level of mechanical (shear) stress to fluid. This requires differential fluid changes more frequently than recommended by the maintenance minder. If you regularly drive your vehicle under these conditions, have the differential fluid changed at 7,500 miles, then every 15,000 miles."
Now, last time I checked, I don't believe anybody would consider the hills on I-83 between York PA and Baltimore to be mountainous ... and since the computer generated average speed is always above 55 mph, I don't believe this constitutes low vehicle speeds. So, question is ...
Is this just something that is normal to the operation of the SH-AWD? If so, I think ACURA should come out and state that more attention is required for the rear diff fluid, as opposed to coming up with the BS statement in the manual which isn't based in reality.