Winter Care for Honda Car

Winter Care for Honda Car

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Winter is finally here. One of the first things that you need to do is to make sure that your Honda car is fully serviced and ready for winter driving. You never know when something can go wrong and scheduling a basic maintenance can help save money, time and a lot of hassle.

Honda Car Winter Care Checklist

With the weather change steadily approaching, it is better to be prepared than to be struck in the freezing temperature without any preparation. Prepare your car for the cold months ahead, so that you can drive it reliably on the road.

Before the cold weather knocks on your door, it is advisable to get the following items of your car checked.

  • Air Filter.

  • Brakes.

  • Battery System, Battery Cables and Terminals.

  • Brake, Transmission and Power Steering Fluids

  • Coolant Levels.

  • Drive Blades.

  • Engine Hoses.

  • Tire Pressure.

  • Tire Type and Tread.

  • Washer Fluid.

  • Wiper Blades.

Winters can be harsh and take a toll on your Honda car components. If you want to keep to keep your car safe and running through the winter, you need to take care of the battery, brakes, oil change, tires and wiper blades. 

Get the Battery Ready for Winter

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The last thing that you want to encounter on a cold winter morning, is to step out and find that your Honda car will not start. Extreme cold temperatures can cause battery problems, especially if the battery is old. Cold weather can weaken the efficiency of your car battery.

If you see any of these signs, it is time for a battery inspection.

  • Engine has a hard time starting.

  • Corrosion around the battery terminals.

  • Dashboard battery light is on.

  • Battery casing is swollen.

Testing a battery at home is not safe and it is best to get it tested professionally. It is advisable to do a volt test before winter to ensure that the battery is in good working condition. If the battery is old and not in good working condition, you need to get it replaced to ensure that you are not stranded in the cold parking lot.

Brake Inspection for Safety

Brakes are the biggest safety components on your Honda car. Brakes tend to wear normally and will wear more quickly if you indulge in heavy brake use when driving on the road with snow and ice. Look out for common signs that your brakes are not working optimally, so that you can schedule maintenance and service.

  • Brake pedal vibrates and becomes hard to push.

  • Grinding noise or screeching sound when brakes are applied.

  • Brakes are shedding metallic flakes.

Get the brakes regularly inspected by a professional team of technicians to fix any problem.  Wash your car regularly to get rid of road salt that often tends to stick to your car components. If it is not washed often, it can cause rusting.

Tire Care

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Snow and ice make it harder for the vehicle to get traction on the road. Make sure that the tires are inspected and replaced, so that you are safe on the road this winter. Good quality tires can make all the difference in stopping the car even in inclement weather.

If possible, it is advisable to replace the all-weather tires with winter tires.

  • Winter Tires

Winter tires are made with biting edges and they provide better grip in deep snow. The soft rubber compound of the tires will enable you to maintain grip even in 45 degrees and under. The symmetrical treads provide more versatile rotation. The wider tread patterns cut better through snow and ice.

  • Check Tire Pressure

     

    As the tires are the only part of the car that actually touch the road, you need to ensure that the tire pressure is adequate at all times. Check the tire pressure at least once a week to ensure better grip on the road.

Remember that a basic car maintenance will help get your Honda car ready for the upcoming winter. It is much easy to take care of your car now than to wait until your car breaks down in a snowstorm.

The simple winter care tips for your Honda car will ensure that you are on the way to a more comfortable and safer driving this winter season.

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