Keeping your vehicle in great shape is important for your
safety and for eventual resale value. But what’s the best way to keep your car
running like new? Here are a few tips to keep it in top condition.
Keep up with all
Follow along with your vehicle’s required maintenance using
the owner’s manual. If you bring your vehicle to Hardin County Honda at every
maintenance interval, we’ll take care of all the hard work for you. We’ll also
keep an eye out for potential problems so we can catch them early and save you
money in the long run.
Obey all traffic
By following all traffic laws, you are less likely to be involved in an accident, which is the best way to keep your vehicle running soundly. But also, when you follow traffic laws, you’ll avoid speeding, distracted driving, hard braking, and other bad habits that can be hard on your car.
Check your tires,
fluids, and more
While the expert technicians at Hardin County Honda will do thorough inspections at every maintenance visit, it is crucial that you monitor your Honda between visits. Check the tire tread and pressure, ensure none of your vehicle’s fluids are leaking, and listen for weird sounds that could indicate a problem with the brakes or transmission. If you’re due for any routine maintenance — or want an expert evaluation on a potential problem — pay us a visit at Hardin County Honda and let our certified technicians keep your car running like new for years to come.
Your car’s tires are one of its most important components. They help you stay in control, providing you with the grip you need to keep your car on the road. That’s why you need to know how to tell if you need new tires. Here are a few easy ways to see if it’s time for a new set.
The Penny Test
One of the easiest ways of telling if you need new tires or
not is to do the penny test. As its name suggests, all you need is a penny.
Place this penny headfirst into your tires’ tread grooves. If you can still see
the top of Lincoln’s head, then your treads are too worn down, meaning you
should have your tires replaced as soon as you can. If you do this test and
Lincoln’s head remains covered, then you have more than 2/32 of an inch of
tread depth. When that’s the case, your current set is fine for the time being.
Check Your Tires Visually
Every month, you should give your tires a visual check to
ensure they’re still in working order. Look for bulges and cracks, as these are
signs of weakness in your tires. These signs can lead to a blowout, so replace
your tires if you notice any of these clues.
Whether you’re ready for a new set of tires or want a professional to see if you’re due for one, stop by the service department at Hardin County Honda.
can do a number on your car. Make sure you’re ready for the cold weather ahead
with these tips on how to winterize your Honda to help you drive safer during the
to winter tires. Winter tires
are made with snowy and icy roads in mind. They have special tread designed to
give you a better grip on the road during winter weather. Switching your
all-season tires to winter ones will keep you in better control of your car.
your battery. Cold
temperatures can cause your car’s battery to lose its efficiency. If you have
an older battery, now is the time to get a new one so you don’t find yourself
stranded with a dead battery.
an eye on your tire pressure. As
the temperature drops, so will your tires’ pressure levels. Routinely check
your tire pressure to ensure that you don’t run the risk of a blowout or losing
control while out on the road.
sure your fluids are level. From
your windshield wiper fluid to your anti-freeze, make sure all necessary fluids
are at the appropriate level before the temperature drops too much.
your windshield wipers. Good
visibility is critical when you’re driving. New windshield wipers will battle
the snow and ice you might experience during the colder months better than old
ones, providing you with the best sightlines possible.
If your Honda needs any maintenance performed, set up an appointment with the service department at Hardin County Honda. We’ll make sure that your vehicle is ready for whatever the winter roads have to offer.
As the temperature drops and the snow begins to fall, the likelihood of your car breaking down increases. To help you get ready for winter weather, we’ve put together some tips on how to prepare your car for snow.
Check the battery.
Cold weather can affect the performance of your battery. Make sure you keep an eye
on your battery’s charge throughout the winter. If your car’s battery happens
to be more than four years old, it might be time to replace it for optimal
Take your tire
pressure. Your tire pressure can decrease as the temperature drops. Use a
tire pressure gauge to check that your tires remain in the recommended pressure
range that is noted in the owner’s manual for your car.
Bring it in for a
check up. If you’re worried your car isn’t winter-ready, bring it by your
local mechanic’s shop and have them check all fluids, especially your car’s
windshield wipers. Visibility is important in the winter, so make sure your
windshield wipers are in working order. If it’s been awhile since you last
changed them — or if you notice and chips or splits in the rubber — you should
change them now.
There are a number of ways to prepare your car for cold winter weather, but the best thing to do is to simply let us take care of it. Bring your car for service at Hardin County Honda and we’ll make sure your car is ready to take on even the coldest winter.
As the hot days of summer recede and fall creeps closer, it’s time to begin your back-to-school preparations. These include, of course, getting your car in tip-top shape before the school year is in full-swing and your schedule fills up. The following are a few tips on how to get your car ready for back to school, whether that means heading back to college or carpooling your kids to school.
Check fluid levels: Simple fluid-level checks are part of good, routine car maintenance, so take an afternoon to make sure you have appropriate amounts of oil, coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid. These checks are easier to address while at home – if you’re heading back to college – or before the school year’s busyness sets it.
Check tires: You should also check your tire treads and pressure. If your tire treads are overly-worn, you will want to consider getting a new set of tires, especially if you plan on driving long distances back to college. You will also want to check your tire pressure, as tire pressure affects your control, handling, and fuel efficiency while on the road, and causes your tires to wear unevenly.
Clean it inside and out: A new school year is like a fresh start, so start the year off right be cleaning out your vehicle’s interior and washing its exterior.
The best way to get your car ready for back to school is to schedule a service appointment at Hardin County Honda and let our professional technicians take care of it. Give us a call today so you can stop worrying about your car and start thinking ahead to school instead!
With spring in the air, it’s time to clean, but you don’t have to limit deep-cleaning to your house. Here are some spring cleaning tips for getting a shiny, like-new car.
A good clean comes from the inside out. Start by pulling out all the trash and other items you’ve left in the car for long periods of time, then scrub any dirt out of the nooks and crannies of your vehicle. Be sure to work from top to bottom, in order to avoid cleaning something twice.
Wash your mats and vacuum
We have no idea how much grime we drag into our car via the bottoms of our shoes. Your mats need some love, so power wash them and then vacuum the floors of your car.
Tires and undercarriage
These two components accumulate a lot of dirt and sludge during winter. When washing the outside of your vehicle, make sure you don’t miss these two crucial parts of your car.
Hand wash the exterior
Instead of going through a car wash, hand-washing is a gentler option that can allow you to get all the gritty details. Be sure to manually dry the car instead of letting it air dry to avoid spots.