In this installment of “Ask an Altech Expert’ we ask Altech owner Joe Conde “How often should I bring my vehicle in for a service check to maintain and optimal performance?
Joe advised this is a common question he gets from many Japanese import and North American car owners. This week Joe gives us his view on the topic of Honda and Acura service maintenance and repair schedules.
Joe: Regular preventive service maintenance at Altech Performance is probably the single best thing you can do as a Toronto Honda & Acura car owner to keep your ride happy and save money on repairs in the future.
One thing we at we at Altech know – from our years of experience – Don’t ignore preventive maintenance on your Honda or Acura. Bring it to Altech and we will ensure the basics, like changing your oil, checking your tire pressure, and getting scheduled service maintenance, inspections and work done are like getting regular checkups at the doctor. They keep you healthy and give you —and the experts here at Altech —a chance to catch anything serious with your Honda or Acura before it becomes a major problem. With your car, that can save you thousands.
Your Toronto Honda and Acura has a recommended optimum service interval that depends as much on time and driving conditions as it does on distance. But the fact is, how often your car needs to be serviced has as much to do with how you drive, as it does how far you drive. Repeated, short, stop-start journeys, for example, are one of the hardest forms of work an engine can endure.
Since the engine doesn’t get up to optimal operating temperature for any real period of time it can’t burn off the by-products of combustion. This can lead to a reduction in the oils efficiency to lubricate which, in turn, can lead to premature engine wear and possible engine failure.
If you don’t do a lot of kilometers you should have your Honda or Acura serviced according to the recommended time based service intervals. Alternatively, if you use your car more regularly and drive more than the average distance then your car’s servicing should be based on the recommended distance traveled.
Joe says to ask us at Altech and we can provide an honest recommendation of what your maintenance and service schedule should look like for your Honda or Acura!