How to Maintain a Honda CRV

by Nina Hughes

Maintaining your Honda CRV is a must if you want to keep your car looking like new and in good shape. It is especially important if you plan on owning it for a while. Simple routine checks and cleaning will keep it running well and prevent any potential problems before they begin. A lot of the maintenance can be done yourself with simple tools and it can save you money. Maintaining your Honda well can also boost the value of your car.

1

Check the air pressure in your tires. Use a simple tire pressure gauge to do this by placing it over the open valve stem on each tire. Check your car's recommended air pressure on the sticker diagram in your door opening. Low tires can cause pull and wear out the treads faster versus fully aired tires.

2

Perform regular oil changes every 3,000 miles or so. This will keep the engine clean and running well. Also check your oil level once a month by pulling out the dipstick, wiping it off, and reinserting it. Pull it out a second time to check the oil level.

3

Tune up your Honda every couple of years. Replace the spark plugs, hoses, and belts even if they don't look bad. This task could head off potential problems and leaks before they have a chance to begin. This will keep your car running and in the best shape possible.

4

Check your air filter often. Take it out and hold it up to the light. You should be able to see light through it. If you can not, then it needs to be replaced. Clogged air filters can cause your vehicle to run poorly and decrease gas mileage.

5

Check your brake pads. This can be done during tire rotations or changes. If the pads run too thin, they can cause scoring in the rotors, then they will need to be replaced as well. Rotors can be costly to replace.

6

Wash your Honda to remove dirt, oils, and road salt, which can cause corrosion and rust. Apply a coat of wax with a soft buffing pad a couple times a year to prevent the paint from fading and protection from harsh weather. Vacuum the inside of your car to remove dirt and debris and keep it looking new. This will prevent it from getting ground into the seats and carpets causing stains.

Items you will need