Since the early 1960s, Honda vehicles have been widely recognized for their durability and great gas mileage. As a Honda owner, you know that you can rely on your vehicle to last for years, and with regular Honda maintenance, you can ensure that your car is performing at its highest capacity while avoiding unnecessary repairs. To protect your car from unwanted damages, start by reading your vehicle’s maintenance schedule or maintenance minder (depending on the model of your Honda). By tracking the services you need according to your car’s mileage, you can protect your vehicle and optimize the length of its life.
Take a look at a few of these key terms you should know when it comes to Honda maintenance and Honda repair — and when your vehicle does need Honda maintenance and Honda repair, come to LexService, where our experts can take care of everything for you to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.
- Maintenance Schedule
If you own a pre-2010 Honda vehicle, then you should consult the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual to determine when to take your vehicle in for Honda maintenance. This chart combines the number of miles you’ve driven with the number of months you’ve been driving the vehicle, assigning specific maintenance tasks depending on those intervals.
- Maintenance Minder
Most post-2010 Honda models now use a maintenance minder, a set of codes and subcodes that light up on your dashboard when it’s time for Honda maintenance. For example, if you see “A” as the main code, your Honda needs an oil change. If you see “B” plus a number from 1 to 6, your tires may need rotating, or you may need to replace the transmission fluid. Your Honda maintenance minder will also remind you to take your vehicle in for service when the “Oil Life” percentage reaches 15 percent.
- Break-In Period
If you recently purchased a new Honda, pay close attention to how your vehicle runs during the “break-in period,” which is the first 600 miles that you drive in the car. Avoid hard braking and rapid acceleration to ensure a better functioning life for your Honda vehicle and to avoid Honda repairs.
- Malfunction Indicator Lamp for Honda
This light warns drivers that they either need to replace the fuel cap on their oil tank (if they’ve recently re-fueled) or that there is a problem with one of the emissions control systems. Schedule Honda maintenance immediately if this light turns on and stays on after you’ve checked the gas cap.
- Brake Wear Indicators for Honda
If you hear an audible screeching sound when you brake, your brake pads likely need to be changed. This sound is metallic and much louder than the squealing noise you might hear when you use your brakes lightly.
- Engine Oil Viscosity and Replacement Frequency
Check your Honda owner’s manual for the specific engine oil viscosity your vehicle requires. When your oil is low, replace it using only oil of the recommended viscosity. You’ll find replacement frequency information in your Honda maintenance schedule or you’ll be informed by the Honda maintenance minder lights on your dashboard.
- Automatic Transmission Fluid
Like the replacement frequency of your engine oil, the schedule for replacing your automatic transmission fluid can be found in your owner’s manual. Use only Honda Genuine ATF D-1 fluid, and do not mix with other transmission fluids. Your Honda vehicle does not need any additives or transmission flushing.
- Engine Coolant
Replacing your engine coolant is only necessary when your Honda maintenance schedule says so. Never use straight antifreeze or just water, but rather a mixture of 50 percent Honda Longlife Antifreeze or Coolant Type 2 and 50 percent water.
- Honda Timing Belt
Your Honda’s timing belt is used to maintain the functionality of engine pistons and valves. This belt should be inspected and replaced following the Honda maintenance schedule to avoid expensive damage and subsequent Honda repairs.
If you find that your car is on schedule for a small repair or a service check-up, bring it to any of the LexService locations in Torrance, South Bay or Los Angeles, and we will make sure your car is running smoothly in no time.