Stay on top of your Honda service, and you will be able to take full advantage of your vehicle’s ability to last for years. Like all vehicles, Hondas require regular maintenance to ensure that all components, including the engine, battery, and brakes, remain functional. If you aren’t sure about your maintenance schedule, you can ask a Honda technician at your Birmingham service center or pay attention to the following information.
Finding the Service Schedule
Most Honda vehicles have identical or very similar service schedules. Despite this, some do have slight variations, which is why you should be familiar with the maintenance routine for your particular model. You can look in your owner’s manual for information, talk to your technician, or look at the Honda website’s maintenance reminder.
Choosing the Service Schedule
You will notice that there are two variations of the Honda service schedule for all models. One is designed for normal driving while the other is ideal if you drive excessively in rough conditions or stop-and-start traffic. If you follow the normal service schedule, you will want to perform maintenance every 7,500 miles or 6 months. If you drive in severe conditions, you will want to decrease the service intervals, performing certain tasks every 3,750 miles.
Assuming you drive in normal conditions without harsh use of your Honda, you should replace the engine oil and rotate your tires every 7,500 miles. At intervals of 15,000 miles, you will also want to replace the engine oil filter, check the adjustment of the parking brake, and check the condition and level of all fluids. This is also when you should inspect the brakes in the front and rear, the steering gearbox, the boots, the tie rod ends, the driveshaft boots, the suspension components, the brake lines and hoses, the cooling system’s connections and hoses, the exhaust system, and the connections and fuel lines.
At 30,000 miles, you should check the valve clearance, replace your air cleaner element, replace the spark plugs, and adjust the drive belts after inspecting them. Repeat all these steps except checking the valve clearance at intervals of 30,000 miles. You should also replace the coolant at 75,000 miles. At 90,000 miles, replace the transmission fluid and brake fluid. Finally, at 105,000 miles, replace the timing belt and coolant, check the idle speed, and inspect the water pump.
If you need help understanding the service routine to follow for your Honda vehicle, talk to the team at Brannon Honda in Birmingham, Alabama. The service center staff can go through the maintenance schedule with you and set up appointments.