A healthy Honda is a happy Honda, and a happy Honda is one that will provide dependable, trouble-free motoring mile after mile and year after year. There are plenty of things you can do yourself to keep your car happy in between its visits to your local Brayleys centre. We’ve included some helpful Honda maintenance hints below, and there’s also plenty of car maintenance tips in your owner’s manual. Or, if your car needs Honda servicing or repair work right now, you can contact the Brayleys servicing team. We’d be happy to make your Honda healthy again.
Tyres in good condition, with adequate tread depth and suitable tyre pressures, are not only safer but will provide better handling, better comfort levels, better fuel efficiency and better tyre life. So it’s a great idea to check them once a month, or more regularly. You’ll be able to find the recommended tyre pressures for your model in the owner’s manual – check them when the tyres are completely cold and try to use the same gauge each time so you can keep track of variances. At the same time, check the tyres for anything unusual such as bulges, splits, cracking or uneven wear. If you notice anything like this, bring your car to us and we’ll advise on the best course of action with our Honda tyre options. Also, regularly check your spare tyre or repair kit.
To make sure your battery never lets you down and its life is extended for as long as possible, there are three things you can do. You should go on a longer trip at least once a week, to ensure the battery gets a full charge. You can buy a trickle charger if your Honda is going to be left unused for a longer period. And, of course, always remember to turn off all lights, including interior ones, and close your doors properly.
It’s very important for an engine to have an adequate amount of oil. Make sure you check the oil level regularly, perhaps once a week depending on your usual mileage, or whenever you fill up with fuel. You should check it even more regularly if your car is brand new because engines often consume more oil when running in. Your owner’s manual will contain details on how to check your oil and what oils to top up with. Honda recommends Castrol Lubricants.
Try not to run your fuel level too low – and make sure you fill up with the right stuff! If you put the wrong type of fuel in your Honda it can cause a lot of damage to the engine and fuel system that will be costly to fix.
If your coolant level is too low, the cooling system won’t be able to do its job and the engine will overheat, which can cause engine damage. As well as checking the coolant level, it’s a good idea to make sure there are no signs of leaks in the engine bay or underneath the car. Check your owner’s manual for details on how to check the level.
It’s unlikely you’ll need it because you’re driving a Honda, but it’s still a good idea to carry an emergency kit in your car just in case. Blankets, waterproofs, maps, a first aid kit, torch, warning triangle, tow rope, mobile phone charger and some de-icer, anti-freeze and engine oil are all things that might come in very handy – but hopefully won’t.
If you have any more questions about looking after your Honda, or would like information on our Honda aftersales services, just get in touch with our helpful Honda team. You might like to treat your car to a Honda health check, so you know the experts have checked all the above and more - just let us know!