Caring for your Honda is crucial if you want it to last several hundred miles or over a decade. A well-maintained Honda will protect your investment and last for years to come. However, skipping regular maintenance can dramatically reduce its lifespan. Unfortunately, there are plenty of myths that may get in the way of taking proper care of your Honda. Keep reading to find out what commonly believed automotive advice is actually a myth and what you should be doing instead.
Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles
There is a very common myth that you should be changing the oil in your Honda every 3,000 miles. However, you don’t actually have to do it this often. In most cases, your Honda should be able to go about 7,500 miles or even more between oil changes. Consult your owner’s manual to find the exact interval for your model. However, you will need to change your oil more frequently if you tow a trailer, drive through dusty or mountainous areas, or do lots of stop-and-go driving. In these situations, you may need to change the oil every 3,000 miles.
Tire Pressure Is on the Sidewall
You know that your Honda’s tires have to be properly inflated, but there is a bit of confusion as to how to find this ideal inflation. Some North Carolina drivers think that you should aim for the pressure on the tire’s sidewall. However, this is a myth and a dangerous idea. This is actually the maximum amount of pressure that your tire will hold safely. There are a few places to find the actual recommendation from Honda for tire pressure. Check for a sticker in your glove box, by the fuel-filler door, or on the driver-side doorjamb.
Your Battery Recharges in Several Minutes
Every North Carolina driver should know how to jump-start a car to get the battery moving again. There is a common misconception about what this does, however. The myth is that following a jump-start, your battery will be recharged after just a few minutes while driving. In reality, it can take several hours of driving around town to get your battery completely charged, particularly in the winter, since you will be using heated seats and other systems more. To see if your battery is ready to hold a charge, visit a gas station for a load test.
The team at the service center in Barbour Hendrick Honda can help clear up any other car maintenance myths or doubts you come across. Visit our Greenville, North Carolina, service center today to care for your Honda with regular maintenance performed by the pros.