Drivers often prefer Honda vehicles because of their known dependability, but your Honda's condition and reliability are directly impacted by the attention that you give it regularly. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Honda drivers changed how they use their vehicle and care for it. How can you safely keep your Honda running well, given the current circumstances? This may actually be easier to do than you might initially think.
Many vehicles that were once driven regularly are now sitting idle because of shelter-in-place orders, quarantines, layoffs, and other issues. If your Honda is included in this group, keep in mind that some damages can develop because of excessive idleness. For example, hoses and belts can dry out and crack; break can create a coating of rust, and tires can weaken unevenly. How can you prevent these and other types of damages related to idleness? Take your Honda out for a 20-minute drive at least every two weeks. You do not have to get out of your Honda, so you can stay safe while keeping your car well-maintained.
In addition to driving your car regularly, you can open the hood of your Honda to identify visible signs of damage that require your attention. You may be a first responder who is relying more heavily on your Honda than ever before, or your Honda may be relatively unused for the time being. Both idleness and wear can take a toll on the condition of your Honda's hoses and belts. By looking under the vehicle's hood, damage to these parts can be identified. You can then replace them as needed so that you are not affected by a breakdown.
Have you been putting off a trip to your auto service center because of orders or recommendations to stay at home as much as possible? Your Honda must have an adequate supply of fresh oil to run well. Clean oil prevents overheating and unnecessary damage to the engine, so you cannot let this critical task fall to the wayside. You may be able to sit in your car while a professional mechanic changes the oil. Otherwise, you could change your Honda's oil on your own. Instructional videos are posted online for you to learn from as needed.
Honda auto care requires ongoing attention regardless of the other factors that are affecting your life. Our Honda team is available to answer any questions that you have about auto maintenance and service needs.