General Overview Honda Civic: General Information and Maintenance Schedule Keeping up to date with the maintenance on your vehicle will reward you with reliable and efficient transportation. Honda offers a maintenance schedule that serves as a good reference point for when you should have your vehicle serviced. Depending on the service needed, it can be done as a DIY. Other services may require you to take the vehicle into a dealer service center or a reputable auto shop.
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General Overview Honda Accord: General Information and Maintenance Schedule This maintenance guide will help you extract the most mileage out of your Honda Accord by keeping it in tiptop shape. Catching minor problems before they become major ones will save you time, money, and headaches down the road. Proper maintenance is the key to extracting the best performance and lifespan of any car, including the Honda Accord. Following a maintenance schedule will not only extend the life of your Accord, but it will also save you a ton of money in the long run and lead to a better resale value.
Honda recommends that maintenance be performed generally every 7, miles or 12 months, depending on how the car is driven. Engine Oil and Filter Figure 1. Check your oil frequently, and make sure to change it in the recommended intervals. Changing your oil and oil filter is one of the most important maintenance procedures on any car.
For the Accord, Honda recommends changing your oil every 7, miles or 12 months under normal driving conditions. A clogged oil filter can reduce engine performance and fuel economy, which can cause a breakdown.
Blue smoke emitting from the tailpipe indicates that oil is leaking into the fuel injectors. Changing your oil per the recommended schedule can ensure that you catch potential problems before they turn into the major ones, such as a complete breakdown of the engine. Spark Plugs Figure 2. Honda recommends that spark plugs be changed every 30, miles or 24 months for older models.
Timing Belt Figure 3. Timing belts can last a long time, but they can also cause a lot of trouble when they do fail. Honda recommends the timing belts be replaced every , miles or 84 months. They are easy to inspect by simply looking for cracks or listening for a high pitched sound when the engine is at idle or has just started. Brake Fluid Figure 4. Brake fluid reservoir. Honda recommends replacing brake fluid every 45, miles or every 6 months. If your brake fluid is brownish in color or has loose particles in it, it needs to be changed.
If your Honda takes longer than usual to stop, this may also be an indication of a problem with either the fluid, or the presence of air in the braking system. Tires Figure 5. A tire wear diagram. Honda recommends checking your tires for proper inflation and condition at least once per month. In hotter climates, colder climates, or if you drive under more harsh conditions, you may need to check them more frequently.
It is also recommended that tires be rotated every 7, miles, which prevents uneven wear and an increase in their lifespan. Poorly inflated tires can lead to uneven wear as well, which can then lead to vibration and a rough ride. Engine Air Filter Figure 6. A dirty air filter. Air filters prevent dirt and other particles from entering an engine, causing major damage. Clogged filters can lead to a loss in power, poor gas mileage, and a rough idle. Replacing an air filter is cheap and easy to do, so there is little incentive to neglect this little bit of maintenance.
Power Steering Fluid Figure 7. Color of your power steering fluid is an indication of its condition. Power steering fluid should be inspected every year or 20, miles and replaced every 30, miles.
Like brake fluid, air in the power steering system can cause the steering wheel to whine during turning. Neglecting to maintain clean fluid can lead to leaks and the premature wear of other components.
For only a few bucks and a few minutes of your time, you can avoid some big trouble down the road. Fuel Filter Figure 8. The fuel filter. Fuel filters should typically be replaced every 30, miles. Much like an air or oil filter, the fuel filter prevents contaminants from entering your engine and controls the flow of fuel that travel to it. A drop in performance and fuel economy, or problems starting the engine can be signs of a clogged fuel filter. Unlike an oil or air filter, replacing a fuel filter can be difficult and is often a job left to the pros.
Honda Accord: General Information and Maintenance Schedule
If you are an owner of a Honda Accord and you drive approximately 15, miles annually, you may have logged , total miles on your odometer. If you have a dashboard indicator illuminated, you may be up for a scheduled maintenance on your vehicle. That means its time to bring your vehicle in for service. What is involved in a , Mile Service on my Honda Accord?
Honda Civic: General Information and Maintenance Schedule