Written by: Kingsway Honda, Vancouver, B.C.
Spring is almost in bloom. Though you may be ready for that sunshine, how ready is your Honda vehicle? Three ways you can prepare your car for Spring are to have your vehicle’s brakes checked, tires changed, and have the interior and exterior detailed.
Spring may represent different things to different people, and though vehicle maintenance may not be top of mind we cannot stress its importance enough. In Vancouver, our moderate weather and accessibility to the mountains give us flexibility to choose how we want to experience Winter. And while it may not seem obvious, slight changes in temperature and road conditions can have major effects on your vehicle. Knowing how to keep your car healthy through the seasons can save you money on service, and make your ride a lot safer and more comfortable.
Here are three ways to ensure your Honda vehicle is ready for Spring:
1. Give your car a “brake”
Slush and salt take their toll on many components of your vehicle, and disc brake mechanisms are some of the most critical parts affected. Winter driving can cause corrosion issues inside the braking system – if you haven’t had your car’s brakes checked in the last year, now is the perfect time to do so. Your Kingsway Honda Service Advisor can ensure that the brake caliper sliders are moving freely and are well lubricated. If these stick or seize, they can cause a hard brake pedal and accelerated lining wear.
2. Take your all-season tires out of hibernation
If you installed snow tires on your vehicle at the start of winter, remember to switch back to all-season or Summer tires. Winter tires are made from a softer rubber compound suited for temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius, offering greater flexibility and grip on the road. When temperatures rise above this level, it causes accelerated tire wear, something you can easily avoid by ensuring timely removal. So, once the snow is gone, stow away those Winter tires!
3. Detail your car inside and out
Winter conditions can do significant damage to both the interior and exterior of your vehicle. Spring cleaning includes chiseling off those layers of damaging winter salt, especially under the car. Detailing includes cleaning, polishing, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as thorough interior cleaning. You can do some detailing at home, such as vacuuming and cleaning of the trunk; other jobs such as waxing, paint correction, and an engine shampoo, should be completed by a professional Service Advisor.
With Spring just around the corner, now is an ideal time to take care of your Honda vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can enhance your vehicle’s safety, improve performance, as well as make your car look great at the same time!
In our new YouTube video on Spring Car Maintenance, Kingsway Honda’s trusted Service Advisor explains more on these three service tips. To learn more about our services, visit us at http://www.kingswayhonda.ca.