Honda Maintenance Tips
Consumer expert Clark Howard recently released an article pertaining to which vehicles would most likely last 200,000 miles. It was no surprise to see several Honda models make the prestigious ranking. Honda strives to offer high quality vehicles that are dependable. However, getting a vehicle to last a long time requires careful maintenance to keep your car happy and healthy. Of course, many of us become forgetful due to our hectic lives. Here are some tips to build a regular maintenance schedule for your Honda.
Which Honda Models Made the Top Honors?
First, we want to share the Honda models that achieved Clark Howard’s approval:
[wrc_column grid=”5″ width=”1″ type=”start”]Honda Accord[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”5″ width=”1″]Honda Civic[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”5″ width=”1″]Honda CR-V[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”5″ width=”1″]Honda Odyssey[/wrc_column][wrc_column grid=”5″ width=”1″ type=”end”]Honda Pilot[/wrc_column]
How Can I Make My Honda Last 200,000 Miles?
Despite the honors, we still strongly advise you to perform regular maintenance on your Honda. We know that life gets in the way sometimes, but it is better to make the time to maintain your Honda on a regular basis, rather than having a mechanical catastrophe occur at the most inconvenient time.
Our first tip is to know how often you should check/maintain certain components of your vehicle:
- Brake Pads: Check any time you change your oil
- Oil Change: every 3,000 miles or 3 months
- Oil Level: once a month
- Timing Belt: every 25,000 miles
- Tire Pressure: once a week
For additional maintenance scheduling, refer to your owner’s manual or view the maintenance schedule from Wheaton Honda.
How Can I Remember to Schedule and Record My Vehicle’s Maintenance?
We strongly advise you to record when you maintain your vehicle. For some reason, this seems to be the most difficult part in regular maintenance. Our two best methods to record and remember your vehicle maintenance schedule are:
- Using a calendar. Choose a certain day or time frame (such as the second Sunday of the month) to perform basic checkups. Write on your calendar when you took care of certain components or when your vehicle reached a certain milage. Keep the calendar in your glove box, on your phone, or someplace where you see it often so you remember to record your maintenance. Keep the previous year’s calendar handy for reference if needed.
- Utilizing social media. Chances are that you are already using Facebook or Twitter. If you have time to be on social media, you certainly have time to do basic checkups on your vehicle and record them. Since you are already posting status updates about your random life happenings or sharing cute kitty pictures, we suggest writing a status about your car maintenance; you can even choose to allow only yourself to see it. When you want to see anything regarding maintenance, such as oil changes, just type your name and add “oil” after it in the Facebook search engine. Any posts that you made regarding “oil” will come right up. You can also record your maintenance schedule under the “Notes” tab on Facebook, and you are able to keep it private or share it if you want.
Schedule a Maintenance Appointment with Wheaton Honda
Keeping your vehicle’s health in check will ensure that it remains dependable for a long time. Take the time, and if need be, make the time to service your vehicle by contacting Wheaton Honda’s service department. Or, if you are interested in driving one of the long lasting Honda models, contact one of our sales professionals to schedule a test drive.