Honda Maintenance & Car Service FAQs
If you need Honda maintenance in the Beaumont, TX area, Mike Smith Honda is ready to answer all your most pressing questions. From tire rotations to regular tune-ups, our Honda auto mechanics are factory-licensed professionals with the skills and know-how to get the job done right.
Beaumont, TX Honda Maintenance
Perchance your new or new-to-you Honda vehicle may come standard with cutting edge features, all vehicles continue to need regular care to sustain them in their optimal condition. It hardly needs be said that the most important form of maintenance is the preventative kind. Conversely when small issues go undiagnosed, they can progress to more significant issues later on. Knowing the right solution for your car can take an expert. Here are the most frequently asked questions our dealership gets about Beaumont, TX Honda maintenance.
The Check Engine Light
Why is my check engine light on?
Computerized dashboards are standard features in most modern cars. These include sensors and indicators to help drivers manage vehicle safety. Common reasons that your check engine light has come on include missing gas cap, time for an oil change, or even low tire pressure. This light also produces a computerized error code which is easy to read by a diagnostic machine.
How often should I change my oil?
While many auto mechanics swear by the 3,000-7,000 mile or 3 month oil-change rule, there are always exceptions to the rule. Our first suggestion is to check your auto manual. This provides you with the most precise info, especially for new models. Conversely, however, the manual provides little guidance when it comes to your vehicle's history, age, and wear. This more in-depth recommendation requires an expert's know-how. If your mechanic is unsure, then call your Honda dealer right away for the best advice.
What is a tire rotation? And when do I need one?
Your vehicle's sole point of contact with the pavement are the tires. Because of this constant pressure, periodic rotation is required to best distribute the wear and tear. After 6,000 to 8,000 miles, a tire rotation is highly advised. Rotation ensures that your tires will wear evenly. Also note that 4WD and off-roading, as well as personal driving habits may influence your tire rotation frequency and interval, outside of a normal Honda tire rotation schedule.
Brake Pad Replacement
How long will brake pads last?
The lifespan of your brake pad relies upon your typical driving habits and decidedly, the operating environment. Based on severe to moderate usage, brake pads are usually designed to last through 20,000-25,000 miles. Factors that will significantly reduce its life are frequent braking, high-speed braking, temperature elevation and driving on rocky terrain and uneven areas. On average, brake pads are designed to give from forty to sixty thousand miles of pad life in normal driving conditions.
When do I replace my fuel filter?
A clean fuel filter ensures optimal and trouble-free engine performance. Always consult your Honda mechanic or automakers' manual, but fuel filters typically can operate between 20,000-40,000 miles.
Honda Engine & Ignition System
Why won't my Honda start?
Although there are numerous reasons why your Honda won't start, one likely possibility is its battery. If your lights were left on, then it's likely that the charge is out. One early warning sign of a low charge is if it takes a moment to start when you turn the key. Of course, there may be other reasons why your car won't start, so it's best to consult a certified Honda automotive technician.
Certified Maintenance for Honda Vehicles
Choose Mike Smith Honda for all your maintenance, repair, and service needs in the Beaumont, TX area. Our Honda certified mechanics are standing by to assist in all your auto care needs.
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