Vehicle MaintenanceFeb 12th, 2021
At T&T Honda we encourage our customers to follow the Honda Canada’s recommended guidelines for regular maintenance. Though you may be tempted to save money and hassle by skipping some of those recommendations, regular maintenance will keep your car performing at its best and will actually save you money in the long run.
Timely oil and filter changes are essential part of that regular maintenance. Manufacturers used to recommend that oil and filter changes be changed after or a certain number of km or amount of time, whichever came first. However, most automakers now use something like Honda’s Maintenance Minder system. Drawing on input from a series of sensors, the Maintenance Minder analyzes a variety of operating conditions, in addition to kilometres accumulated, in order to estimate how much life your oil life has left (starting at 100% when new or right after an oil and filter change). A wrench symbol and the percentage of remaining oil life will be displayed on your instrument panel when oil life is calculated to be 15%. That’s that time to think about booking your next service. We don’t recommend going past 5%.
Now, at various points in your Honda’s life the Maintenance Minder will recommend other service items, usually bundled together with oil changes. When the car is relatively new that mostly involves alternating between the oil and filter changes and what used to be known as the B service. A B type service visit (or its equivalent) includes inspections of various systems as well as brake servicing and tire rotation (in addition to the oil and filter change). The unique driving style and circumstances of each owner underline the need for regular inspections of key systems, particularly when it comes to wear items like brakes and tires.
Further along in your Honda’s life the Maintenance Minder will recommend more comprehensive services such as replacing brake and transmission fluid. With some parts, like the timing belt, figuring out when they are due for replacement is not as clear cut as it is with tire and brake pads. Making that determination relies on knowing something about the conditions that the vehicle has been driven in. For vehicles driven under harsh conditions changing the timing belt at around 100,000 km is advisable. Cars living an easier life might be able to make it approximately 160,000 without requiring a timing belt change. On average, we suggest that 130,000 is a good time to change the belt. We also suggest replacing the water pump at the same time. Both the belt and the water pump are located close together and are not so easy to access. Dealing with them during the same visit will save you a significant number of labour dollars.
The service advisor can provide his or her best recommendations for what work is required and when if they get to know you and your car well. This why we encourage our service customers to choose a particular service advisor and keep that person as their regular advisor.
Whether you’re just in for an oil and filter change or something more comprehensive we will give your vehicle a complimentary multi-point inspection. We believe preventative maintenance is the way to go. The inspection can give you an idea of what is coming up so you plan and budget for that service work.
How about used cars? Honda Certified Used Vehicles are on the maintenance schedule as new cars; they’re just a little further on in that schedule. When we do certify qualifying vehicles we their maintenance up to date, as required, in accordance with that schedule. Records of regular maintenance will help to maximize your Honda’s value when it comes time to sell it or trade it in, particularly if that maintenance has been performed at a Honda dealership.
T&T Honda has a couple of ways to help you deal with cost of regular maintenance and even unexpected expensive repairs. First, there is our oil and filter offer. If you follow Honda Canada’s recommended maintenance schedule and have that work done here we will cover the cost of oil and filter changes. This offer is good for 250,000 km or 10 years, whichever comes first. Second, should a large service bill come your way we have financing available, with zero percent for up to six months, OAC. We want to be sure your Honda is roadworthy before it leaves our lot.
It really does make sense in the long run to stick to the manufacturer’s service guidelines as closely as possible. Your Honda will be operating at its best and you’ll avoid unnecessary repairs and expense further on down the road. Think of it as a fitness and diet regimen for your Honda, an investment in your car’s long term health.