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General Tips on Maintaining Your Honda.

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Some parts of your new Honda will require servicing and replacement more regularly than others. Keeping your Honda's maintenance on schedule also keeps your warranties valid.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS LISTED IN THE CANADIAN MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE BROCHURE FOR YOUR MODEL (available at Ready Honda).

Between visits to Ready Honda for scheduled maintenance, your Honda will respond most positively to a little care and attention from you. Here are a few things you can do to help reduce the possibility of future repairs

1.WASH WITH CARE

Caked up mud and salt on the underbody are a prime cause of body corrosion. So, take care to flush out the underbody with a garden hose or at the car wash. See the section "A Good Wash Up Keeps Rust Down" for key areas you shouldn't overlook.

2.THE FIRST STEP IN PROTECTING YOUR FINISH

Twice a year you should give your Honda a good waxing. This will help protect the finish. Always wax your Honda in the shade when the paint surface is cool. Covering over exposed metal helps prevent rust. So, if you find any minor scratches in the paint, Ready Honda has touch-uppaint to match your Honda's body colour. Dirt imbedded in fabric causes it to wear more quickly, so it's a good idea to shampoo your Honda's interior occasionally-just like you do your home furniture.

3.DON'T OVERLOOK LOOKING UNDER THE HOOD

All vehicle engines tend to consume a little engine oil. This varies depending on your driving habits and the types of driving you do. Every second gas-up, it's wise to check your Honda's oil level. If you use a "self-serve" gas station, check the oil yourself.

4.MAINTAIN ENGINE EFFICIENCY. CHECK YOUR COOLANT

The water and anti-freeze in your Honda's cooling system helps keep it running at the proper and most efficient temperature. This mixture evaporates slowly, therefore it should be checked periodically. Before the winter season, let Ready Honda check the quality of your anti-freezeand restore it to its proper strength.

5.A QUESTION OF ADDITIVES

Your Honda vehicle does not require any oil additives. Oil additives may adversely affect your engine's or transmission's performance anddurability. Additionally, your Honda does not require the use of rust inhibitors or other additives in its cooling system. The use of theseproducts may not be compatible with the coolant or engine components. The use of fuel additives or fuel injector cleaners is not part of therecommended maintenance schedule and is not required.

6.A DIRTY AIR FILTER COSTS PERFORMANCEYour Honda's engine needs a good supply of air for efficient fuel combustion. Over time, its air filter can become clogged, reducing performanceand fuel economy. Ask Ready Honda to inspect and replace this filter according to your maintenance schedule, especially if you do most of yourdriving on dusty roads.

7.FRESH AND 'BUILD-UP FREE' WIPERS MAKE A CLEAN SWEEP

Windshield wipers wear out through use and damage from the sun's ultraviolet rays. Because clear vision is essential to good driving, check yourwipers from time to time. Ready Honda will have exact replacement if and when you need them. It's also a good idea to carry a spare.When you refill the [windshield washer] reservoir, clean the edges of the windshield wiper blades with windshield washer fluid on a clean cloth.This will help to condition the blade edges.

8.CLEAR THE ROAD AHEAD

Always keep your windshield washer reservoir topped up. And, periodically inspect the washer jets to make sure they're free of dirt and in good operating condition.

9.WORN TIRES WARN OF OTHER PROBLEMS

Tires that are over-inflated or under-inflated will not only have a negative effect on your Honda's precise handling, they'll also wear unevenly.Check your tires occasionally to see that they are inflated to the level recommended in your owner's manual. Check for uneven tread wear. It's asign that precision adjustments are needed. Also, be sure to have Ready Honda rotate your tires regularly to help extend tread life.

ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT MEANS ORIGINAL QUALITY.

Genuine Honda parts are the same as those which came with your new Honda. So their fit, quality and performance will be nothing less than Honda perfect.

Ready Honda always has a good stock on hand for over the-counter quick replacement when you need them.

A Good Wash Up Keeps Rust Down

Eliminate build-ups of dirt and salt from your Honda's underbody, and you'll be doing a lot to help eliminate rust.

Here are the prime locations that need a good hosing out from time to time:

  • The area above the sub-frame may be washed out through access under the hood and from under the vehicle.
  • Wash the inside of the front and rear wheel housings to prevent dirt and salt build-up.
  • Dirt and salt tend to build up on the rear radius rod mount and control arm pivot mounts. A blast from your garden hose will keep them clear.
  • The inside of the rear bumper can trap dirt and salt. Rinse it out occasionally.
  • Spray the radiator fins from the backside (even behind the fan) to rinse away salt and sand that may accumulate in the radiator fins.

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