Routine Maintenance

July 1st, 2014 by

Routine Maintenance:
Extending the Life of Your Vehicle

Honda vehicles are known for being long-lasting, but how can you make sure that yours will live up to this standard and serve you for years to come? One great way to do this is with routine maintenance. When you keep up with your Honda vehicle’s maintenance schedule, you both extend the life of your vehicle and keep yourself from having to pay more for expensive repairs.

Oil changes are, of course, one of the most common parts of routine maintenance. When motor oil gets dirty, it won’t lubricate the engine as it should; moreover, the grit in the dirty oil will wear the engine down faster. If your engine gets worn too much, it will fail. Oil changes may seem like a nuisance, but the amount of money you have to pay to get your oil changed according to your vehicle’s owner manual is still much, much less than it costs to replace an engine that has failed long before it should. Regular oil changes are a simple way to ensure that your vehicle has a long life.

Routine Maintenance
Getting your brake pads replaced when they’re worn down is another part of routine maintenance. Of course, failed brakes will reduce the life of your vehicle (it won’t last long if it can’t avoid crashing), but not getting brake pads replaced when they need to be can cause problems even before the brakes fail. If the brake pads are gone, then other, more expensive parts of your braking system (such as calipers and rotors) will suffer damage, as well, leading to expensive repairs.

Flushing your vehicle’s coolant is also an important part of keeping your vehicle on the road for a long time. If you don’t get your coolant changed, rust will soon take over your engine, causing it to overheat and fail. This can cause lasting damage to your engine. And speaking of engine failure, there’s one service that isn’t required very frequently, but it’s extremely important to get it done when it is called for: changing the timing belt. Timing belts last a long time, but if they break, your engine will fail and need extensive repairs.

Of course, there are many other types of routine maintenance. Not all of them will directly reduce the life of your vehicle if they’re ignored, but all of them are very important in one way or another. Tire rotation and tire pressure checks, for example, keep your current tires in better condition for longer. Not changing an engine air filter won’t do any lasting damage to your engine, but it will make it work less efficiently, costing you more and making your ride uncomfortable (and possibly leaving you stranded). Other parts of maintenance, like windshield wiper replacement, keep you safe. So, routine maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle – but even those services that don’t necessarily do this are still crucial for a good, safe, and affordable driving experience. Schedule your next service appointment soon!