At South Motors Honda, your premier Honda dealership in Miami, FL, nothing makes us happier than knowing you’re taking care of your cherished vehicle to prolong the durability and reliability of a smooth drive. From the repeated commute to work, to the long summer road trips, your car is there for you when you need it. However, just as anything gets worn out over time, your car is no exception.
Just as your car has taken care of you and your transportation needs, it is crucial for you to pay it forward and take care of your car with regular vehicle maintenance. At South Motors Honda, we understand that vehicle maintenance may seem overwhelming, yet, vehicle maintenance and auto repairs are imperative to the longevity of your vehicle. For this reason, South Motors Honda wants to provide you with our best vehicle maintenance tips to ease any hesitations and to keep your car running at peak performance, regardless of how many miles are on the odometer.
Every 3 Months: Check Engine Oil
As a car owner, it is recommended to check your vehicle’s engine oil frequently, about every three months (or 3,000 miles) because the engine oil is vital to the engine of your car. At South Motors Honda, we believe it is worth spending a little money on routine oil changes because it will save you money in the long run. If you realize it has been a while since you’ve checked your engine oil, what’s stopping you? Checking your engine oil is quick, affordable, and easy!
With the car turned off, locate the dipstick under the hood of your car. Next, pull the dipstick out and wipe any oil off the end, then push it all the way back in and out again to check your oil. The oil should be within the marked region on the dipstick and be a black or brown color. If not, you must re-fill your oil. Checking your engine oil is a very easy process for a large part of what makes your car run efficiently.
Every 6 Months: Change Windshield Wipers
When you are behind the wheel, it is imperative that you can see with full visibility in all conditions. Changing the windshield wipers should be done about every six months, and it is one of the simpler and less time-consuming tasks of vehicle maintenance. Yet again, it is often avoided and forgotten about until the last minute. Being aware of when to replace what on your vehicle maintenance calendar is extremely important, and replacing your windshield wipers only takes about five minutes, here’s how:
First, you must measure your wiper blades so that you can buy the proper size refill at your local auto store. Next, pull the wiper arm away from the glass and slide out the old blade. From there, you simply slide in the refill blade until you hear it click into place. Lastly, we recommend testing your new windshield wipers before you start driving to make sure they are installed correctly.
Every 2 Years: Change Automatic Transmission Fluid
If you are having transmission issues, the answer is most likely a long-awaited automatic transmission fluid change. Your vehicle’s transmission fluid plays a key role in powering and lubricating the transmission, and it is recommended to be replaced about every two years for maximum performance. Some apparent signs of low automatic transmission fluid are delayed gear changes, a whining sound at startup, and a variety of shift problems.
South Motors Honda wants you to be safe, which is why we recommend bringing your car into our Honda Service Center if you do not feel comfortable changing the automatic transmission fluid yourself. Changing the automatic transmission fluid can be a messy task, and our certified auto mechanic team is happy to take care of it for you.
Take Care of Your Ride Today & Everyday with Help from South Motors Honda
Cars are incredibly complex with thorough detail and thousands of parts, making it essential for you to follow a vehicle maintenance calendar and take care of your car. Here at South Motors Honda, we’ve highlighted a few of the components that you should check regularly, but for more complex changes, such as a car battery failure or steering issues, we encourage you to schedule a service appointment at our Honda Service Center so we may assist you.
Our service center is located at 16165 South Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33157 so stop by to keep your vehicle in top-notch condition this summer. You do not want to miss out on our money-saving parts and service specials on your next visit. Feel free to call us at (855) 871-9547 or visit our service center at your convenience and we would love to help make your prized vehicle look and run like new again!