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What is the break-in period of my Honda?

Help assure your vehicle's future reliability and performance by paying extra attention to how you drive during the first 600 miles (1,000 kilometers).

During this period:

  • Avoid full-throttle starts and rapid acceleration.
  • Avoid hard braking. New brakes need to be broken in by moderate use for the first 200 miles (300 km).
Can I have my maintenance services performed by anyone I choose?

Our authorized dealers know your vehicle inside and out, and can provide competent, efficient service. However, service at a dealer is not required to keep your warranties in effect. You may service your car with any qualified service facility or person. Just be sure to keep all receipts as proof of completion, and have the service technician fill out the Maintenance Record. Refer to your warranty booklet for more information.

Many after-market repair services, such as the mass-marketers (chain stores), hire non-Honda-trained people to work on your high-technology vehicle. Generally speaking, their Honda product knowledge is minimal.

Some ex-dealership technicians open their own independent shops and specialize in that brand of vehicle. However, their "factory" training is usually several years old, so their technical knowledge of current model vehicles will not be as good as the local dealer's technicians, who routinely receive new model training from American Honda.

Honda parts and fluids are manufactured to the same high-quality standards as the original components, and we recommend the use of them every time you have maintenance performed.

If I choose to have my maintenance services performed by someone other than a Honda dealer, must I keep records?

It's always a good idea to keep records of all services and repairs of your vehicle.

A Honda dealer's computer system automatically does this for you, as it maintains Vehicle Service History records electronically. A dealer can review any and all work performed by that store.

I'm leasing my vehicle. Why should I worry about servicing my Honda?

There are two very good reasons why you should maintain your vehicle according to the schedule in your Owner's Manual.

  • Regularly maintaining your car is the best way to protect your investment. Proper maintenance is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers. It will also reward you with more economical, trouble-free driving and help reduce air pollution.
  • Vehicle condition is evaluated at the end of the lease period and you will be charged for abnormal conditions that reduce the value of the vehicle. This includes mechanical condition.
My "Malfunction Indicator Lamp" stays on while I'm driving. What should I do?

Typically, this indicator displays for several seconds when you turn the ignition switch ON.

If you have recently refueled your Honda, this light may display to warn you of a loose or missing fuel filler cap. Check the cap and tighten it until it clicks. If the fuel cap is missing, replace it with a Genuine Honda replacement cap. Tightening the cap will not make the indicator turn off immediately; it may take several driving trips.

If the indicator continues to display after three driving trips, or if the fuel cap was not loose or missing, there may be a problem in one of the engine's emissions control systems. You should have the vehicle checked by the dealer as soon as possible.

You should also have the dealer inspect your vehicle if this indicator comes on repeatedly, even if it turns off as you continue driving.

Oils and Fluids Recommendations

Proper and timely vehicle maintenance is important to help promote a long vehicle life. Honda engineers have conducted exhaustive performance tests to create specialized oils and fluids along with specific maintenance service intervals that help support the performance and longevity of your Honda vehicle.

Using oils and fluids other than what is recommend by Honda, not following Honda's recommended maintenance schedules, and performing services not recommended by Honda can adversely affect the performance and durability of your Honda vehicle.

Engine Oil

  • Engine Oil — Always use the recommended viscosity engine oil that displays the API Certification Seal. Your owner's manual indicates which viscosity is best for your Honda. Honda Genuine Oil is the preferred lubricant for your vehicle which will help provide optimum engine protection.
  • Replacement Frequency — Perform engine oil changes only in accordance with each vehicle's maintenance schedule and/or Maintenance Minder recommendations. Consult your Owner's Manual for your vehicle's specific maintenance information.
  • Additives — Your vehicle does not require any engine oil additives. Additives may adversely affect the engine performance and durability.
  • Engine Flushing — If a vehicle is properly maintained, there is absolutely no benefit to flushing the engine lubrication system as a maintenance procedure. This procedure may adversely affect engine performance and durability.
  • Synthetic Motor Oil — You may use synthetic motor oil if it meets the recommended viscosity or weight for your vehicle and it displays the API Certification Seal for gasoline engines. You must follow Honda's recommended oil and filter change intervals shown in your owner's manual.

Automatic Transmission Fluid

  • Automatic Transmission Fluid — Use only Honda Genuine ATF DW-1 automatic transmission fluid. Do not mix with other transmission fluids. Using transmission fluids other than Honda Genuine ATF DW-1 may cause deterioration in transmission operation and durability that could result in damage to the transmission.
  • Replacement Frequency — Perform automatic transmission fluid changes only in accordance with each vehicle's maintenance schedule and/or Maintenance Minder recommendations. Consult your Owner's Manual for your vehicle's specific maintenance information.
  • Additives — Your vehicle does not require any automatic transmission fluid additives. Additives may adversely affect the transmission performance and durability.
  • Transmission Flushing — If a vehicle is properly maintained, there is absolutely no benefit to flushing the transmission as a maintenance procedure. Use of additives, solvents, cleansers, or conditioners as part of a flush, or as a system enhancer, are not recommended or warranted by Honda, as they may adversely affect transmission durability, performance, and shift quality.

Engine Coolant

  • Engine Coolant — Always use Honda Long-life Anti-freeze / Coolant Type 2. This coolant is premixed with 50 percent antifreeze and 50 percent water. Never add straight antifreeze or water. Another non-silicate coolant may be used as a temporary replacement. However, have the cooling system drained and replaced with Honda antifreeze / coolant as soon as possible. Continued use of any non-Honda coolant can result in corrosion, causing the cooling system to malfunction or fail.
  • Replacement Frequency — Perform Coolant changes only in accordance with each vehicle's maintenance schedule and/or Maintenance Minder recommendations. Consult your Owner's Manual for your vehicle's specific maintenance information.
  • Engine cooling system flushing — Use of a cooling system flushing process that "reconditions" the existing coolant should never be used, as the procedure cannot completely reverse the chemical deterioration that occurs to coolant during use. Also, coolant replacement intervals should not be exceeded, as there is no difference in the coolant replacement interval between normal and severe conditions.

Please reference your Honda Owner's Manual or your Honda Dealer for additional questions regarding your vehicle's maintenance.