Somebody, somewhere has a blog or a webpage geared towards answering the everyday imponderabilia of life, such as how to change the oil status indicator on your car. For the Honda Fit, I found at least two blogs dedicated to all things Honda Fit related, and wanted to share the information with you:
From a 2007 entry on a Canadian Honda Fit blog called “Having a Fit” comes the following:
The procedure is actually in your owners manual, but here’s the quick and dirty of what you need to do:
- Press the trip meter select/reset pin until you the oil life reminder is displayed
- Press and hold the select/reset pin down for approximately 10 seconds until the oil life reminder is blinking
- Press and hold the select/reset pin down for another 5 seconds or so until the oil life reminder is reset to 100%
This procedure for re-setting the oil status indicator was repeated a year later, and properly cited, by yet another blog called The Honda Fit Blog.
Now why am I writing about this? Well, I had to re-set the oil status indicator after an oil change. And after going to my first reference source, Google, I found about 32,000 websites that popped up when I searched “honda fit oil change reset,” and after clicking on the first link, found the answer. What was interesting to me was that a personal blog was the first link on the search page, followed by a WikiAnswers entry, and then a couple of commercial sites (Edmunds, Popular Mechanics), and then unofficial forums on Honda cars. In the first hundred or so links, I did not find an official Honda site, although there was one sponsored link from “JustAnswer.com” (a site that aggregates experts on various subjects into one site).
Is it not in Honda’s (or any other company) interest to provide the “official” answers on questions? Should an official technical manual from Honda (already compiled and published) be made available on the web, and provide the first answer to questions about a particular product? For all the research on internet social networking that has been written, I don’t think I’ve run into anything that looks at “official” corporate websites and their uses to communicate with their consumers.
People also seem to trust other people as well more than they do “official sites” such as Edmunds (commercial sites weren’t the first or second top search response). Now while the issue of trust in cyberspace has been studied (especially by economists, since trust is crucial to the exchange of money over the internet), I still don’t understand why people would trust others out there in cyberspace. After all, as a famous cartoon from the New Yorker put it, nobody knows you’re a dog on the internet.
I guess it doesn’t matter – the instructions were correct.