Honda has a recommended maintenance schedule to help drivers remember and keep track of when certain items need to be serviced. Following the schedule and not neglecting routine service checks can ensure that your Honda is healthy and running at its best. The schedule is conveniently broken down into three categories—A, B, and C—with the items in group A representing items that need to be serviced the most often and items in C able to go for longer stretches without replacements.
Group A includes just two items: replacing the engine oil and rotating the tires. These tasks need to be performed with some frequency and show up first on the schedule at the recommended 7,500-mile mark.
When drivers reach 15,000 miles, or one year, whichever comes up first, the schedule recommends they repeat the items in group A, changing the oil and rotating the tires again, and this time adding the items in group B, which include:
- Replace engine oil filter.
- Inspect front and rear brakes.
- Check parking brake adjustment.
- Inspect tie rod ends, steering gearbox, and boots.
- Inspect suspension components.
- Inspect driveshaft boots.
- Inspect brake hoses and lines.
- Check all fluid levels and condition of fluids; check for leaks.
- Inspect cooling system hoses and connections.
- Inspect exhaust system.
- Inspect fuel lines and connections.
Before drivers get to group C, they’ll need to repeat the items in A again, after 22,500 miles. Once drivers reach 30,000 miles, or two years, whichever comes first, they’ll need to repeat the items in A and B, and finally add group C into the mix, which includes:
- Replace air cleaner element.
- Replace spark plugs.
- Inspect and adjust drive belts.
The Importance of Service
The schedule continues from there in the same pattern of repeating A; then A and B together; then A alone; and then A, B, and C together at the recommended time and mileage usage. Taking care of the recommended services right away can prevent problems from arising or worsening and can ensure that your Honda remains safe to drive for years to come.