Thursday, June 11, 2009

An Ounce of Prevention Keeps Your Honda Humming

A recent article in the July/August issue of AARP Magazine inspired this post. The article, titled, A Keeper is Cheaper, reminds us of the importance of automotive longevity. In this time of economic uncertainty, a new car with an exorbitant car payment is just not feasible for everyone. In many cases, it is cheaper and more practical to keep your Honda (or any vehicle) running smoothly by simply following these preventative tips:

Oil Changes - Bring your Honda in for an oil change about every 3,000 miles.

Flush Fluids - Have all fluids including transmission, brake, and antifreeze flushed and changed every 30,000 miles.

Tune-ups - For Hondas starting at 2000 and newer, a tune-up, which includes a spark plug change, should be done every 90,000 miles. For Hondas older than 2000, the tune-up would entail a new distributor cap, rotor, and spark plugs.

Belts and Hoses - While your Honda is in the shop for maintenance, be sure to ask if any hoses or belts are showing signs of wear. This would be the perfect time to catch a worn belt or hose before it breaks on the road!

According to the author of the AARP article, the median age of passenger cars in the US is now at an all-time high - 9.4 years. To that end, simple awareness and maintenance can keep your Honda running until you are ready and prepared to take on a car payment. And if you just purchased a new Honda, be sure to follow the maintenance schedule to ensure longevity!

Be sure to call The Import Shop today to schedule your Honda maintenance at (913) 677-2176.

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