SERVICE TIPS FOR YOUR METRO HONDA SERVICE TEAM FOR
SIMPLE, DO-IT-YOURSELF AUTO CARE
We at Metro Honda believe it's important to keep our customers informed about the importance of regular vehicle maintenance. Follow these simple steps to help ensure top performance, avoid costly repairs, save money, and ultimately encourage vehicle longevity:
Check all lights to ensure proper working condition.
It's important that you're able to see and be seen on the road whether it's day or night. Regularly check the headlights, brake lights, and turn signals to ensure that they are in proper working order, and promptly replace any burned-out bulbs. Though it may seem like a no-brainer, this is one of the easiest steps that you can take to prevent a traffic ticket or even an accident.
Check tire pressures.
Ideally, tire pressures should be checked once a week with an air pressure gauge. Aligned, balanced, and properly inflated tires can provide a smoother ride, which in turn can save gas. Additionally, you don't want to get stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Slow leaks can be caught by regular pressure checks and repaired to prevent future issues.
Inspect the tire tread for abnormal wear.
Tires are one of the most expensive, most often replaced, and most neglected parts on a vehicle. Every so often, examine your tire treads. If you discover any signs of abnormal or excessive wear, have your tires inspected by the car care professionals at Metro Honda. Properly aligned and balanced tires last longer, ride better and are critical to steering and braking.
Change the oil, filter, and keep the chassis well-lubricated.
Vehicle owners should aim to change the oil and filter as well as lubricate the chassis as recommended by their vehicle manufacturers, usually every 3,000-5,000 miles (about every 3-6 months), to ensure long engine life and optimal performance.
CAR FACT OR FICTION?
Higher Octane Gas Equals Enhanced Engine Power
Fiction. It's a common misconception that higher octane fuel translates to more engine power. Unfortunately-or perhaps fortunately for many wallets-it is simply untrue. This myth arose from sport vehicles requiring higher octane fuels. Without truly knowing why, many people assumed it was because higher octane gas meant higher power.
The truth of the matter is a little different. Power is limited by the maximum amount of fuel/air mixture that can be packed into the combustion chamber. Because high performance engines operate with high compression ratios, they are more likely to suffer from detonation (a term for when the fuel-air mix spontaneously explodes rather than burns), and so to compensate, they need a higher octane fuel to control the burn. So, yes, sports cars do need high octane fuel, but it's not because the octane rating is somehow providing more power-rather it's required for this type of vehicle because the engine develops more power due to its design.
For your own vehicle, take a look at the owner's manual. If it's not a manufacturer recommendation to use only high octane fuel, it is not necessary to consider octane rating when selecting a grade of gas at the pump. And, considering that higher octane gas typically costs more, filling up with a lower octane grade is one way to stretch your gasoline dollars.