10 Automotive Maintenance Tips Every Driver Should Know

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It’s no secret that routine service and maintenance is the key to keeping your Honda vehicle running at its best on the Union roads. But, with so many different mechanical aspects to keeping a car running efficiently, it’s impossible to know everything about what to do for your car. That’s why the service center at VIP Honda has put together a comprehensive list of the top ten automotive maintenance tips that every driver should know. Check out our list and then visit us when you’re due for Honda service. 

Here’s What You Should Know

While we certainly can’t cover every service issue that you should be aware of, we can narrow down ten maintenance and service tips that we think are the most important for South Plainfield drivers. Here are the top ten automotive maintenance tips of which everyone should have a basic understanding: 

  1. How to Read Your Owner’s Manual: Your vehicle’s owner’s manual tells you everything you need to know about your vehicle, from what type of fuel it requires to when you should change the oil. 
  2. How to Inspect Your Vehicle: This can also be found in the owner’s manual of your vehicle. Once you’re familiar with the manual, you’ll be able to spot things like leaks, flat tires, and other issues, so that you can get your Honda in Edison serviced. 
  3. How to Check Your Tires: You can check your tires by using a penny. If Lincoln’s head is showing when you place the penny face down, then the tire will need to be replaced. You can also use a tire gauge to check the tire pressure. Tire pressure gauges can be bought at most gas stations or from the parts center at VIP Honda. 
  4. How to Check Your Engine’s Oil Level: Your owner’s manual will help you locate the dipstick that you can use to check the level of the oil. Pull out the dipstick, wipe it off with a rag, re-insert the dipstick, and then check to see if the oil level is at the full marking. You’ll also want to check for any changes of color or texture in your oil. 
  5. How to Check Your Engine’s Coolant: Locate the coolant reservoir, which can be found in your owner’s manual. Then, similar to the oil level, just check to see if your coolant levels are at the full marking. 
  6. How to Check Your Engine’s Air Filter: See if your air filter is clogged with dirt or debris, as this happens over time. If it’s clogged, then you’ll need to replace it with a new one. 
  7. How to Use the Right Fuel: Your vehicle has a recommended fuel octane rating, so you’ll want to pay attention to the rating when getting gas in Kenilworth.
  8. How to Check Light Bulbs: Check your light bulbs to make sure they aren’t dimming or that one isn’t out completely, as driving with limited visibility can be dangerous.
  9. How to Check Windshield Wipers: If your windshield wipers aren’t moving when you flip the wiper switch, then you can easily replace them by just popping them off and putting new ones on. 
  10. How to Keep Up With Maintenance: Routing service is critical to making sure that you catch any problems before they worsen and making sure that your vehicle is safe to drive. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual can help you track your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule. 

When you need Honda service, set up a visit to our service center at VIP Honda in North Plainfield, so you can get back on the road in no time. 

Keep Your Honda Running Well at VIP Honda

Now that you know the top ten automotive maintenance tips that every driver should know, you can take the necessary steps to keeping your Honda in tip-top shape. Contact us for any other maintenance or service questions and concerns. 


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