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Honda Maintenance Tips for the Woodbridge Area


The Importance of Brake Servicing

When you step on the brake pedal, the brake pad is pressed against the brake rotor forcing the vehicle to slow/stop. Constant friction causes the brake material to wear. As the thickness of the pads/rotors deteriorates, they lose their ability to effectively slow/stop the vehicle. Regular servicing is recommended to ensure the braking system remains effective. During a routine Brake Service, the front and rear brake pads are removed. They are then cleaned by removing accumulated brake dust and rust. Once cleaned, the brake components are lubricated, adjusted then reassembled. Brakes wear according to individual driving habits and patterns and replacement is necessary with time. Following Honda Canada's Vehicle Specific Service Schedule will ensure; even brake wear, prolonged brake life and provide you with peace of mind knowing that your vehicle's braking system are in topnotch condition.

Checked Your Fluids Lately?

Your Honda's reliability depends on the condition of three vital fluids; Engine Coolant, Brake fluid and Transmission Fluid. Proper care of these fluids include regular inspections incase of leaks and fluid replacement at recommended intervals.

Engine coolant acts to regulate the heat that is naturally generated by the engine to keep the engine running at an optimum temperature. It also contains anti-freeze to permit operation in very cold temperatures, while at the same time protecting the cooling system components with its anti-corrosion properties.

Automatic Transmission Fluid transmits engine power to the transmission and acts to cool and lubricate internal transmission components. Over time, the quality of the fluid diminishes and replacement is necessary at the recommended intervals. An inspection of the transmission, fluid hoses, pipes and cooler (if equipped) should be performed for leaks during recommended maintenance.

When the brake pedal is pressed, the brake fluid transfers mechanical force hydraulically to the braking mechanism to slow or stop the vehicle. Brake fluid tends to absorb moisture from the air and as a result the performance of the fluid deteriorates over time. Accordingly, the brake fluid should be replaced at specified intervals. The system should also be inspected for leaks or damage.

How do you wash your car?

For proper Vehicle Body wash care use the traditional bucket and sponge method. (Do not use household dishwashing soap. The chemicals in dishwashing soaps will strip off your car's protective layers.) By using car wash soap you will protect your vehicle by preserving its paint.

First add soap to an empty bucket, and some on your sponge or wash mitt. Then fill water into the bucket. (Never leave your sponge or mash mitt on the ground, as they will pick up dirt, which may scratch the finish on your car).

Before washing spray your vehicle once over

To wash, start at the top of your vehicle and work your way down, washing small sections at a time. This allows the dirty soap and water to fall down never compromising a clean section. Once getting to the bottom of the car, lightly spray the bottom section again to remove any dirt or mud that may scratch your paint and finish as you wash. Wash the lower portion in small sections at a time. Once you have used the sponge on the lower portion of your vehicle do NOT reuse it at the top. Chances are your sponge/mitt has collected dirt. Wash the sponge thoroughly or use another one to rewash the top if necessary.

Drying is the most important portion of the wash process. If it is not done correctly drying can lead to water spots streaks and scratches. To dry, it is recommended to use a 100% cotton terry cloth or a synthetic chamois. Just as you washed the car, start at the top and work your way down. This time it's important to dry all the flat surfaces first then work the sides and bumpers. Areas such as underneath door handles and side mirrors tend to hold water, make sure to get into all these crevices to prevent water from sneaking up on you later. When it comes time wipe down the doors, doorjambs and inside the trunk and hood do NOT use the chamois. These areas conceal dirt and grime, which will ruin the chamois so it is best to use a towel.

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and treat your car!

Tips on Tire Safety

Protect yourself against avoidable breakdowns and accidents, improve your vehicle's handling, better your fuel economy and increase your tire life by following this simple tire safety checklist;

  • Check your tire pressure regularly (recommended once a month) including your spare tire.
  • Inspect your tires for uneven tread wear pattern, cracks, punctures or signs of trauma.
  • Make sure all tire valves have valve step caps.
  • Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information card or your owner's manual for the maximum recommended load.
  • Rotate tires every 12,000km to 18,000km depending on your driving habits and road conditions.
  • Maintain tires in proper balance and alignment.