Service: Frequently Asked Questions
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your car, truck, or SUV running properly in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Oil changes, brake maintenance, and tire care are all essential for extending the life of your Honda model. Keep up with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule by bring it to Hardin County Honda's Service Department.
Why is regular maintenance important for your car?
Regular maintenance is key for catching and preventing vehicle failure. In short, maintenance keeps your car running longer. By skipping oil changes, filter changes, belt repairs, or brake servicing, your car is much more likely to breakdown, and expensive components are more likely to fail. Skipping service can also lead to a decrease in performance and fuel economy — all of which mean you’re spending more money in the long run. Instead of trying to save money by doing the work yourself at home, trust the experts at Hardin County Honda's Service Department. We’ll be able to properly work on your car and identify any problems you might not recognize.
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How do I know it’s time for new tires?
What type of tires should I use on my car?
Why is it important to rotate and balance tires?
Why did my car’s “check engine” light appear?
What other dashboard warning lights should I be wary of?
- Tire pressure warning: Its technical name is the TPMS symbol and it resembles an exclamation point in a flat-bottom bowl. This will illuminate when a tire’s air pressure falls below a certain level.
- Engine temperature warning: A thermometer floating in wavy lines is a sign that your car’s engine is overheating. You can also check this against the temperature gauge near the speedometer on the dashboard that reports how hot the coolant is.
- Oil warning: This symbol looks like a magic lamp with a drip. It alerts you when the pressure of the oil pumping through your engine’s motor isn’t fluid enough to lubricate the mechanical system properly
Keep Your Honda Hydrated
- Radiator fluid: This brightly colored liquid is also known as coolant or antifreeze. You pour it into the reservoir of your car’s radiator, which is a cooling system for your car’s engine to keep it from overheating. The radiator uses this ethylene glycol solution to absorb warmth from the engine to keep it from overheating. Without sufficient radiator fluid, your car’s motor will quickly overheat — especially in the summer.
- Transmission fluid: Fundamentally, transmission fluid is a lot like engine oil, as both liquids serve to lubricate the moving mechanical components of their respective system. Transmission fluid is especially important for automatic, dual-clutch, and continuously variable transmissions. Additionally, this fluid provides hydraulic pressure in the gearbox to properly operate. Transmission fluid should be flushed and changed every 3-5 years.
- Brake fluid: Your car’s brake system consists of hydraulic components that cause the brake pads to apply pressure to the brake rotors, which causes the wheel to gradually stop spinning. The fluid running through the brake system is what causes the simple pressure of your foot on the brake pedal to slow your car down. Without enough brake fluid — or if it’s too dirty — your car’s brake system won’t function properly, which can be dangerous.
- Windshield washer fluid: Whenever you activate your Honda vehicle’s windshield wipers and see clear cleaning fluid spray across the glass, you’re seeing the windshield washer fluid. It’s a specially blended solution that helps clean off grime and gunk from the windshield so you can see better. Without it, the dry rubber wiper blades will just be smearing the dirt even worse.
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Vehicle maintenance is an important way to slow the depreciation of your car and extend its life, while also preventing breakdowns. When you’re ready to bring your car to Hardin County Honda's Service Department for service, call or schedule an appointment online. Our expert staff will quickly perform the service and address any problems your car may be having.