Treating your Honda Accord to regular maintenance can extend its life and prevent expensive repairs down the line. And keeping your car clean inside and out impacts its resale value, too. Make a resolution for the new year to perform these routine tasks in 2018, and your Honda Accord will be looking and running its best.
This is the single most important maintenance task for any car owner. Changing the oil keeps the car engine clean and extends its life by reducing wear and tear. A regular oil change also improves gas mileage and lowers emissions. During this routine maintenance, the mechanic also gets a chance to check the air filter, which should be changed at least annually.
Typically, your car’s oil should be changed every 7,500 miles or annually depending on normal driving conditions. But not just any engine oil will do, so be sure to verify with your Honda service professional the best type of oil to use in your Accord. Our Orlando Honda technicians can help you out, so schedule an oil change today.
Verify the tire pressure is correct at least once a month. Correct tire pressure affects gas mileage and the wear of the tires’ tread, especially when you also consider the added stress caused by the central Florida heat. During the summer months, the air in the tires will expand and the rubber my crack.
It may seem excessive, but checking your tires before you drive can save your life. Spotting an underinflated tire before driving can prevent an accident due to a blowout. Catching a bulging tire will do the same. If you notice any problems, it may be time to make a change. Contact your nearest Central Florida Honda Dealers tire center to get a quote on a new set of tires.
Many car owners are familiar with the strain that cold weather can cause on a battery, but excessive heat can also cause problems. Hot weather can force the liquid inside the battery to evaporate, especially if the battery is old. This increases the risk of an abrupt battery failure. Have the battery inspected and tested at a certified check station, or do it at home if you’re handy with a multimeter.
Routine Maintenance for Honda Accord
Cars are complex machines with many moving parts that can suffer from wear over time. Therefore, it is important to check specific components regularly to address any problems and avoid safety issues. Follow a regular maintenance schedule and utilize Honda parts to ensure the longest life of the vehicle. For most Honda vehicles, this routine maintenance includes:
- Inspection of brakes pads and rotors
- Checking and changing fluids
- Inflating and rotating tires
- Aligning wheels
- Changing filters
- Replacing windshield wipers
These tasks should be performed at least every other oil change, if not sooner.
15,000-mile inspection items include a visual inspection of the following:
- Tie rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots
- Driveshaft boots
- Brake hoses and lines
- All fluid levels
- Cooling system hoses and connections
- Exhaust system
- Fuel lines and connections
30,000-mile inspection items include:
- Replacing spark plugs
- Inspecting and adjusting drive belts
- Checking parking brake
As the vehicle gets older, additional items are inspected or replaced. A 45,000-mile check might mean replacing brake fluid, while your 90,000-mile tune-up should look at your transmission. If anything looks out of the ordinary, your certified Honda mechanic will advise you on what steps to take to get those issues corrected.
Keep it Clean
Utilize cleaning products specifically designed for your car’s surfaces. Household cleaners that are ammonia-based should not be used on plastic surfaces as it may discolor the plastic. Acid-based cleaning solutions should not be used on wheels and tires; use a degreaser designed to protect the finish of wheel hubs and tires.
Regular car washes are just one way to keep your Accord in tip-top form. Simple accessories like floor mats make clean-up easier and limit the abuse doled out on your carpets. Splash guards will protect the finish of the car, as will body side moldings.
Performing routine maintenance and deep cleans will not only extend the life of the vehicle but will also increase the value of the car for resale. It’s a win-win. If you need assistance with your Honda service or would like to trade in your vehicle for a new 2018 Accord in Orlando, visit your closest Central Florida Honda Dealers location. We have Honda dealerships all over the area, including Daytona, Orange City, and Clermont, FL.