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5 Summer Ready Tips

5 tips on how to get your Honda ready for summer

honda wash

Tip #1: Give it a good wash

As we all know the winter months take a toll on our Honda’s paint, body, and under carriage. People who love their Honda’s dearly will usually wash their cars once a week in the winter, if the weather permits. For many of us this is not the case, although it should be a common practice amongst vehicle owners. It’s very important to get all that excess salt and grime off your car to slow the rusting process and avoid paint chips. When washing your Honda remember to always wash starting at the top of the vehicle to the bottom. By doing this you will avoid getting dirt from the bottom half of your car onto the top. This will also avoid excess dirt getting into your brush or sponge and scratching the paint.

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Tip #2: Change your tires & check tire pressure

Be sure when winter is over to have your Honda checked by a Certified Honda Technician to change your tires and check tire pressure. During winter its common practice for almost 95% of people to install winter tires and rims. Winter tires are made with a multi cell compound and they contain more rubber than summer tires. Unlike a hard hockey puck that would slide over ice, your flexible winter tires bend and grip snow like the soles of a winter boot. They also contain silica, which is like sand, and gives the rubber a biting edge on slippery snow and ice. After the winter is over it is important to change your winter tires back to summer or all-season tires to avoid wear and tear on your winter tires for the next season. Changing your winter tires in the summer seasons will also allow better fuel economy ratings. As long as the weather is above 7 degrees for a few consecutive days, it is okay to switch on your summer tires.

have the kids do it

Tip#3: Get that interior cleaned

We all know that washing your car is one of the most important parts to vehicle maintenance. Some of us remember the wash, but forget the interior. In the winter, it can be hard to keep up with the excess snow and salt from the kid’s boots as well as your own. Although we all carry busy loads, it is important to take care of your interior. The excess snow & salt can get trapped in your vehicles carpets causing them to retain water in the floor and under-padding. Many of us wonder where that ‘musty’ after winter smell comes from. Well… now you’ve got your answer. The carpets. After the winter season Honda recommends you always get your interior shampooed and vacuumed professionally. If you own an Odyssey with an HVAC system the solution it simple, just have the kids to it


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Tip #4: Change your oil & filter

If you own a Honda vehicle equipped with a maintenance minder system, it will always notify you when your oil life is low and needs to be replaced. If you own an older Honda not equipped with a maintenance minder system you should always have your oil levels checked when the winter season is over and if needed, have the oil and filter replaced. Clean engine oil keeps the metal parts from touching and grinding down the parts. The oil contains several key additives to move dirt particles towards the filters. Manufacturers recommend oil changes every couple of months, it's important to check oil monthly to make sure the engine runs well. This will keep your engine clean and running smoothly throughout the summer months.

brakes

Tip #5: Get your brakes serviced

Brakes are one of the most critical components of your vehicles reliability. It is important that they are clean and in working order. During winter, your brakes really take a beating. Stop and go traffic, skids, sudden halts, salt corrosion, and extremely cold weather conditions, all affect how well your brakes work. When these conditions hibernate, only to return again the following year it is important to have your brakes looked at by a certified vehicle technician to get them cleaned up and ensure they are working correctly. Your technician will disassemble the braking system and get rid of all the grime and dirt that come in contact with your brakes. The technician will also check to see what percentage of brake pads you have left, and replace them if needed.