Servicing Your New Honda

helping-customers-2.jpgSo, you just got your new Honda. Exciting stuff. While you might be tempted to just take it out for a joyride on the highway or in the city as soon as possible, the prudent thing to do is to understand how you should maintain it first. Understanding this before taking it out for a spin can put your mind at ease about issues you may run into down the line as you spend more time with your new vehicle. In this article, we'll go over some key aspects of Honda care and maintenance as well as how you can stretch the lifetime performance quality of your vehicle as far as possible. 

A Brand New, Factory Owned Vehicle

Getting an absolutely brand-new vehicle up to its top-performing capabilities requires a little time in order to get all of the systems to begin working properly. Instead of running and gunning the engine, be a little more cautious until the system has had enough time to circulate. More specifically, allow the engine to run for about thirty seconds in order to warm up in cooler conditions and don't attempt to gun down on the accelerator for at least the first 600 miles. This is to give your new vehicle enough time to get used to the specific terrain you drive on as all kinds of terrain is different for each vehicle. If you have a manual transmission, make sure you shift smoothly and avoid jerking it if that is something you are used to. Finally, be sure to drive smoothly and avoid braking hard. Like gunning down on your accelerator, braking hard can have an adverse effect on the brake system and can result in brake failure for cars that have less than 200 miles on them. While it is sometimes necessary to brake hard, driving smoothly and cautiously can help you to avoid this trap. 

Understand Your New Honda's Maintenance Needs

Having an idea of what your Honda needs along the life of the vehicle can prime it for a long-life expectancy. Make sure you check your owner's manual for your specific model and know when you need to do the following: 

  • Oil Change: Checking the owner's manual and seeing when an oil change is ideal can be very beneficial for your new vehicle to maintain quality performance. 
  • Tire Rotation: This will ensure even tire wear so you don't end up with uneven tires that can eventually lead to a blowout.
  • Engine Filter Replacement: This allows your engine to get clean air which is an important part of the combustion process in your engine. 
  • Brake Check: Front and rear brakes should be inspected as well as the parking brakes. 
  • Steering Gearbox Maintenance: An oil leak can result in a steering box that is too stiff because oil has not circulated and, thus, lubricated it. 
  • Spark Plug Replacement: Spark plugs can help you maintain optimal performance as well as optimal gas mileage. 
  • Exhaust System Inspection: Making sure the exhaust system is up to par can lead to better fuel efficiency. 
  • Oil and other Fluid Leak Conditions: As noted before, this can result in a stiff steering wheel as well as an overheated engine.
  • Suspension Components: Regularly checking the air in the tires as well as spring, shock absorber, and other joints can greatly result in your vehicle maintaining exterior performance quality. 

By planning ahead for all of the checks that you will need to undergo, you can save yourself hours of headache and thousands of dollars when something does invariably go wrong. 

Get Regular Checkups

Getting your new vehicle regularly looked at is nothing to scoff at. While you might be able to gun it down at 95 miles an hour today (we don't suggest you ever do this), by tomorrow, you could have to fork over hundreds or even thousands just to get the engine back to working order. Our goal is for you to extend the lifetime warranty of your vehicle by being cautious and taking care of your vehicle. This can be done by doing regular checkups and going easy on it during the first few months of ownership. No matter what kind of driver you are, doing accomplishing this can be the boon that makes this the greatest driving experience you ever had. If you are curious about how else you can take care of your vehicle or need to get it in for servicing, contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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