Keep Your Car in Shape With Regular Maintenance

July 2nd, 2015 by

handle double wrench, maintenance a carA car is one of the biggest investments you can make. That’s why it only makes sense that you’d want to get as much mileage out of it as possible. Proper maintenance is the only way to ensure that your car survives all the wear and tear you put through. Sometimes, that means a trip your local Honda service center, but in some cases, you can take measures at home to keep your car in top shape. Here are some tips for taking care of your car’s tires, oil, brakes, and fluids, so it’s always ready to hit the road.

Tires

Check your tire pressure weekly to make sure they’re at the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. You should also rotate your tires approximately every 5,000 miles to ensure that they wear down evenly. While you can perform this task yourself, it’s best done by a professional so consider bringing your vehicle into your Honda service center for tire rotation. You may also want to have your car’s alignment checked while the tires are rotated.

Oil

It’s easy to put off having your oil changed, but this maintenance step can make a big difference in the performance of your car. That’s because oil keeps the engine properly lubricated so everything can run smoothly. Every car requires an oil change at different intervals, so consult your owner’s manual to see how often you should change yours. If you use synthetic oil, you can usually go longer between changes than cars that use natural oil.

Brakes

To ensure that your brakes work properly, you need to inspect the brake pads regularly. In most cases, they require replacement every 12 months or 12,000 miles but check your owner’s manual to be sure. You can usually tell your pads need replacing because the brakes usually start making a scraping sound when you use them. While you can replace the pads yourself, you may feel more comfortable bringing the car into your Honda service center for replacement.

Fluids

The final step in proper car maintenance is making sure that its fluids are all at the proper level. Check the brake fluid, power steering fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and other fluids about once a week to make sure that they’re at the appropriate levels. If you’re not sure how to check and replenish your car’s fluids, ask a technician at your Honda service center to show you how at one of your service visits.

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