We’re blessed with great weather practically all year round here in central Florida. The concept of “winterizing” your Honda may seem a bit unusual to us because temperatures rarely dip below freezing. But sometimes the weather can get downright nasty. Rain, winds, and sun can take their toll on both the exterior and the interior of your Honda.
Winter is a good time to make sure your Honda is operating safely and properly. Here are our top 12 tips for Honda winter maintenance:
- Keep your Honda clean – Regular washing helps remove bugs, grime, and other debris that can damage your Honda’s finish and make it hard to see out of your windshield. To help keep your Honda’s interior looking new, invest in genuine Honda floor mats, trunk mats, and bed liners. Use a spray-on protectant on interior surfaces to clean away dirt, dust, and to keep your vinyl and rubber, and plastic from fading or cracking.
- Have your battery checked – Our certified technicians here at Honda of Ocala can run a battery load check to make sure your battery is putting out the correct amps and to diagnose any problems before they leave you stranded by the side of the road.
- Change your wiper blades regularly – We deal with a lot of rain here in Ocala, so having properly working wiper blades is a must for clear visibility. Inspect your blades and look for cracks, frays, stiffness, or wear and replace if necessary. And keep your wiper fluid topped off with windshield washer fluid that’s designed to help remove bugs and eliminate streaking.
- Inspect your tires – Colder weather means slippery road conditions. Inspect your tires for uneven wear, cracks in the sidewall, or other issues that may require rotation, alignment, or replacement. And it’s also important to keep your tires properly inflated. It’s common to lose air pressure when the weather gets colder.
- Have your four-wheel or AWD serviced – Four-wheel and AWD can be a real lifesaver when the weather turns from sunny to soggy. Our trained technicians can make sure your Honda’s four-wheel drive systems are working correctly.
- Check your radiator’s coolant levels – Be sure to check this when your engine is cold, not hot! Use a coolant mixture that’s designed for your Honda. You can also purchase a simple tester, or have our technicians inspect your cooling system for any issues.
- Inspect hoses and belts for wear – Look for any signs of wear, such as frayed belts, cracks, or soft spots in hoses. Our Service Department can perform a visual inspection and let you know if your belts and hoses pass the test.
- Check your fluid levels – You can easily view the power steering and brake fluid levels through the plastic reservoirs without having to open the caps. If they are low, you can either fill them yourself, or have our service techs do it for you.
- Inspect and change your oil – Dirty oil or low oil levels can affect how your engine performs and lead to premature wear. Avoid this by checking your oil at least once a month and follow the recommended oil-change schedule that you’ll find in your Honda’s Service Manual. Take advantage of our full-service oil change for just $29.95.
- Have your brakes checked – Having properly working brakes is always a must, but especially in wet weather. Our certified technicians here at Honda of Ocala can make sure that your brakes are up to correct manufacturer specifications.
- Replace your air and cabin filters – A dirty air filter can rob your Honda’s engine of performance and decrease your gas mileage. A clean cabin filter will help remove dust, pollen, and other irritants.
- Make sure headlights and taillights are working – It’s easy to spot of you have a headlight that’s not working, but also remember to visually check for burned out tail light, brake light, and turn-signal bulbs.