The year 2017 brings with it new opportunities for self-improvement. If you are like many people here in Ocala and vicinity, you may have jotted down some areas that you need to work on in 2017. Perhaps you resolve to exercise more, quit smoking, or limit your binge-watching on Netflix to only one night a week.
But did you ever think about making some New Year’s resolutions for your Honda? After all, your Honda is a valued member of the family, right? Maybe you even gave your Honda a name, which is a little weird but perfectly okay with us. Regardless, the start of the New Year is the perfect time to give your Honda a little “TLC.”
Here at your hometown Honda new car dealership near Ocala, FL, Honda of Ocala, our Service Department has the experience and know-how to maintain your Honda in top condition throughout the new year and beyond. So we asked our Honda factory service technicians to recommend their top New Year’s service resolutions for Hondas. Here’s their list.
- A Clean Honda Is A Happy Honda
Pampering your Honda inside and out will not only make you feel good about your ride but will also protect your investment. It’s important to wash off dirt, grime, bugs, and road debris from your Honda’s exterior before it can damage your car’s finish. Waxing and polishing your Honda not only will make it shine but add a layer of protection to your paint job.
Use a vinyl protectant on the dash, console, and doors, and a leather conditioner on your seats. These products will keep your interior looking sharp, as well as protect these surfaces. Remove floor mats and give them a good cleaning with a stiff brush to remove dirt, followed by vacuuming. You should do the same with your car’s upholstery.
- Check Fluids, Oil & Coolant
Your oil and transmission fluid are the lifeblood of your Honda. It’s just as important to keep the inside of your engine clean and operating properly by making sure that there’s fresh oil and transmission fluid flowing through it. Open the hood and check the levels for the power steering fluid, brake fluid, washer fluid, and coolant. Do this with the engine off and cold to avoid injury. Always use a clean, unopened container to prevent contamination when adding fluids. Use the correct coolant mixture specified for your Honda as noted in your owner’s manual.
- Inspect Belts & Hoses
Examine the Honda’s belts and hoses carefully, looking for any cracks, fraying, looseness, and shiny spots on belts. Notice if there are any soft spots or bulges on hoses, which should be firm and pliable, but not hard and stiff. Look closely at where hoses clamp to the radiator housing and engine block to see if there are any cracks or leaks.
- Inspect Tires
Your Honda’s tires are very important for safety and handling. You’ll want to check them carefully for any indications of wear on the sidewalls like cracks, bulges, or gouges. Check tread depth by inserting a penny upside down into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it means that you have little tread left, which could affect tire safety. If you see signs of uneven tread wear, this may indicate that you need an alignment. Finally, because tire pressure varies with temperature, you should check tire pressure frequently. A sticker on the inside of the driver’s side door will tell you what the correct tire pressure is for your Honda.
- Examine The Battery
Batteries can wear out pretty quickly under the hot Florida sun. If you notice that your Honda starts with difficulty, this may signal that your battery is on its last legs. One thing you can do is to remove the buildup of corrosion on the battery terminals with a stiff wire brush. We advise taking your Honda to our Honda of Ocala Service Department and let our trained technicians perform a comprehensive check of your electrical system.
- Check Your Brakes
Properly functioning brakes are essential to vehicle safety. Do you notice if your brakes feel a bit mushy, or if you have to push harder on the brake pedal to stop? Do the brakes make a noise, pulsate, or pull to one side when you apply them? If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s best to have them looked at by one of our service professionals here at Honda of Ocala.
- Clean Or Replace Air Filters
Just like your lungs, your Honda’s engine needs plenty of air to function efficiently. A dirty air filter can rob your Honda of performance and decrease fuel economy. Consult your owner’s manual regarding the proper way to remove and replace the air filter, as well as the cabin air filter. Or stop by our Ocala Honda dealership and we’ll take care of it for you.
- Check Your Lights
Walk around your Honda and determine if your headlights, taillights, fog lights (if equipped), and turn signals are functioning correctly. Most bulbs can easily be replaced yourself. However, changing headlight bulbs could involve more work. So you may want the service professionals at Honda of Ocala to do that for you. We can also polish cloudy plastic headlight lenses to their original brilliance, or you can use an off-the-shelf headlight lens cleaner.
Resolve To Care For Your New Honda In 2017
Give your Honda a fresh start in 2017 by taking it to Honda of Ocala where we’ll be happy to perform these essential New Years’ service resolutions for you. We make it easy to schedule auto repair service in Marion County, FL online. We use Genuine Honda Parts and our current Honda service specials near Leesburg, FL will keep more cash in your wallet as you begin the New Year.
Visit our Honda of Ocala Service Department, where you have your Honda serviced while enjoying free Wi-Fi and complimentary refreshments in our spacious customer lounge. We’re conveniently located at 1800 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34417. Or call us today at 352-353-3028.
Happy New Year Motoring!