Honda Service FAQs



Why should you service your car at our Honda dealership instead of going to a privately owned vendor?

There are a few reasons why bringing your vehicle into a Honda dealership is better than the next privately owned vendor:


Certified Trained Honda Technicians
At Kingsway Honda, our technicians are manufacturer trained, meaning they understand how a Honda vehicle works more than anyone else. Our technicians are trained throughout the year as new models are released. We specialize in working on Honda vehicles whereas the non-dealership mechanic may see one Honda every 6-8 vehicles he works on.


Genuine Honda Parts
Genuine Honda Parts are made with high-quality materials and are specifically designed to fit, function properly and perform for a long time. Our dealership carries many parts at competitive prices. If for some reason we don't have the part you're looking for, we have the ability to overnight the part.


Peace of Mind
Above anything else, bringing your vehicle to a certified Honda dealership like Kingsway Honda means knowing your vehicle will be treated with care and properly fixed to manufacturer's standards.

What's the importance of a maintenance schedule?

Your car's maintenance or service schedule is a timeline for what parts or fluids should get replaced or updated based on the kilometres driven. Some factors that may change the maintenance schedule include local driving conditions and driver's behaviour. Maintaining your vehicle and sticking to the factory-recommended maintenance schedule can increase resale value, ensure reliability and maximize the longevity of your vehicle.

Service

Air Conditioning: Inspect Operation

Procedure

Check for proper air-out temperature. If abnormal, check heater adjustment, check operating pressure, and recharge or repair as necessary.

Benefit

Ensure proper operation of the air conditioning system for both cooling and defogging operations.

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Air Intake: Replace Air Cleaner Element

Procedure

Check for proper air-out temperature. If abnormal, check heater adjustment, check operating pressure, and recharge or repair as necessary.

Benefit

Ensure proper operation of the air conditioning system for both cooling and defogging operations.

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Air Intake: Inspect Air-Temp Control System (Carbureted Models)

Procedure

Check the condition of the vacuum actuator that controls the air mix door.

Benefit

Inspection of the Air-Temperature control system on carbureted models will ensure that the unit is operating properly. This system maintains proper air temperature going into the engine to prevent carburetor icing.

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Alternator: Inspect Drive Belt

Procedure

Measure the belt tension, check for wear and adjust if necessary.

Benefit

Inspect belt for damage, wear and proper tension to guard against belt slipping and/or premature failure. Helps maintain battery charge. Prevents belt squeal.

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Brakes: Replace ABS High Pressure Hose

Procedure

Relieve high pressure. Remove old hose and install new one. Flush and bleed system with Genuine Honda brake fluid.

Benefit

This increases the reliability of the Anti-lock braking system (ABS). The flexible hose is subjected to high pressure and a loss of pressure would cause the ABS to go into backup mode.

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Brakes: Replace Brake Fluid With Genuine Honda Brake Fluid (Including Anti-lock Braking System)

Procedure

Remove fluid from brake master cylinder. Add new Genuine Honda brake fluid, flush the system and bleed each wheel cylinder. Remove fluid, refill, and bleed ABS system.

Benefit

Replacing the brake fluid helps to maintain proper hydraulic function of the braking system. This removes water from the system to prevent rusting.

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Brakes: Inspect Discs, Pads, And Calipers

Procedure

Remove wheels and inspect discs for wear. Measure pad thickness. Check for free caliper movement.

Benefit

This should ensure satisfactory operation of brakes. Should determine friction material condition so the customer can be advised to prevent brake pads from wearing down to the backing plate.

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Brakes: Inspect Hoses And Lines

Procedure

Brake hoses inspected for damage, leaks, interference, and twisting. Brake lines checked for damage, rusting, leakage, and bends. Brake joints and connections checked for leaks.

Benefit

Inspect brake hoses and lines for leaks or damage.

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Brakes: Inspect Rear Drums, Cylinders, And Linings

Procedure

Remove rear drums and inspect and measure shoe thickness. Clean brake dust and lube shoe to backing plate contact surfaces. Inspect drums for wear.

Benefit

Inspect the rear brake system. This should ensure that the brakes are operating properly and determine the thickness of the friction material. The wheel cylinders are also checked for leaking brake fluid.

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Clutch: Lubricate Pedal Spring, Bushing And Clevis Pin

Procedure

Visually check clutch pedal spring, bushings, and clevis pin for wear or lack of lubrication. Lubricate pedal and release arm pivots.

Benefit

This will maintain smooth operation of these clutch components and minimize their wear.

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Cooling System: Replace Engine Coolant

Procedure

Drain and flush old coolant from system. Add new Genuine Honda anti-freeze/water mixture in a 50/50 ratio.

Benefit

This maximizes radiator, engine, and water pump life.

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Cooling System: Inspect Hose\Connections

Procedure

Hoses and connections inspected for looseness, cracks, and deterioration.

Benefit

Inspect the hoses and connections for leaks or loss of coolant.

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Cooling System: Inspect Radiator Core And A/C Condenser

Procedure

Visually inspect radiator core and air conditioning condenser for signs of damage or corrosion.

Benefit

Inspect the radiator core and A/C condenser for visual leaks of coolant or refrigerant. Early detection can minimize damage to other associated components and minimize the cost of repair, if necessary.

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Cruise Control: Inspect Linkage And Hoses

Procedure

Check for smooth operation. Check hoses for signs of cracking and splitting.

Benefit

Inspect the cruise control linkage and hoses to ensure that they are operating the cruise control actuator properly.

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Distributor: Inspect Cap, Rotor, Ignition wires, And Timing

Procedure

Distributor cap removed and inspected. Wires and rotor checked for carbon build-up, cracks, or deterioration. Check ignition timing.

Benefit

Inspect the distributor cap, rotor and ignition wires to ensure that these components will deliver consistent voltage to the spark plugs. Detection and repair of a problem with one of these components should help maintain optimum engine performance.

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Engine: Replace Oil And Filter

Procedure

Remove engine drain plug and drain oil. Replace oil filter. Reinstall drain plug with new washer and tighten to proper torque.

Benefit

This will maximize engine life, replenish anti-wear additives and detergent levels to minimize wear or sludge build-up. Changing oil will minimize the build-up of contaminants formed as the results of the normal combustion process that can break down motor oil.

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Exhaust System: Inspect Catalytic Converter Heat Shield

Procedure

Inspect exhaust pipes and muffler. Inspect converter heat shield for condition and tightness.

Benefit

Inspect the catalytic converter heat shield to ensure it is tight and in good condition. This will protect the vehicle and the environment from the heat that the converter produces.

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Fluid Levels: Inspect

Procedure

Inspect for proper amount and condition of engine oil; differential, transfer case and shift on the fly fluid (if appropriate); transmission fluid; brake fluid; clutch fluid; power steering fluid (if appropriate); coolant; and window washing solution.

Benefit

Check all fluid amount and condition will maximize the car's reliability and minimize inconvenience.

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Fuel: Replace Fuel Filter

Procedure

Remove old fuel filters and install new filter.

Benefit

This should maintain clean and proper flow of fuel to engine. This should prevent poor performance and potential engine damage due to insufficient fuel.

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Fuel: Inspect Fuel Pipes, Hoses, And Connections

Procedure

Inspect fuel lines for loose connections, deterioration, and cracks.

Benefit

Inspect fuel lines and connections for leaks or damage to ensure the integrity of the fuel system.

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Idle: Inspect Idle Speed

Procedure

Adjust the idle speed, if necessary, when the engine is at operating temperature.

Benefit

Ensure that idle speed is within specifications. This should help maximize fuel economy and prevent premature brake wear on cars with automatic transmission.

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Lubricate: Inspect Drive Belt

Procedure

Apply proper amount of correct lubricant to hinges, seals, door strikers, parking brake linkage, hood latch, seat adjusters, and window channels.

Benefit

This minimizes noise from body movement during turns and when driving over bumps. This allows smoother operation of doors, trunk, and windows. This should prevent premature wear of body and chassis mounts.

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Oxygen Sensor: Replace

Procedure

Remove and replace oxygen sensor.

Benefit

An inoperative oxygen sensor will prevent the Engine Control Module (ECM) from adjusting the air fuel to the optimum level potentially causing the vehicle to emit excessive emissions.

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Parking Brake: Inspect And Lubricate

Procedure

Lift vehicle and turn rear wheels to make sure the brakes are not dragging. Adjust parking brake to the proper amount of free play and lubricate the linkage.

Benefit

Ensure that the parking brake is adjusted to proper clearance. Too much clearance will prevent full parking brake application. Too little clearance could accelerate brake wear.

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PVC Valve: Inspect

Procedure

Ensure that the parking brake is adjusted to proper clearance. Too much clearance will prevent full parking brake application. Too little clearance could accelerate brake wear.

Benefit

Inspect the PVC valve for clogging to minimize the possibility of oil leaks or adverse idle characteristics.

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Spark Plugs: Replace

Procedure

Remove old spark plugs and replace with new ones of the proper heat range and gap.

Benefit

Help maintain engine performance. Help maintain low emissions.

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Starter Safety Switch: Inspect

Procedure

Try to start the vehicle while the clutch is engaged with the vehicle in neutral.

Benefit

Ensure that the starter safety switch is operating properly to prevent starter motor operation when the clutch is not depressed.

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Steering: Inspect Power Steering System

Procedure

Test drive to confirm proper operation. Check the power steering fluid level and the steering rack for any leakage.

Benefit

Inspect the power steering system components and hoses for leaks and ensure that the system is operating properly.

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Supplemental Restraint System (SRS): Inspect

Procedure

Inspect the SRS components for signs of wear and SRS control unit for diagnostic trouble codes.

Benefit

Inspect the SRS components for visible signs of wear or damage to ensure the high degree of reliability designed into the system is maintained.

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Suspension: Inspect Components / Mounting Bolts

Procedure

Check critical suspension bolts with torque wrench to ensure they are properly tightened.

Benefit

Inspect critical suspension bolts for proper torque to prevent chassis noise.

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Timing and Balancer: Belt / Water Pump

Procedure

Replace the timing belt, balancer belt and water pump according to maintenance schedule. Replace the alternator, air conditioning and power steering belts.

Benefit

A broken timing belt or water pump can cause the engine to stop and potentially cause severe damage to the engine valves, cylinder head, and pistons.

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Transaxle: Inspect Drive Shaft Boots (CV Boots)

Procedure

Inspect Drive Shaft Boots (CV Boots)

Benefit

Inspect CV boots for leaks. Early detected leaks from CV boots can be repaired to minimize the potential of CV joint contamination and failure.

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Transmission: Replace Transmission Fluid

Procedure

Drain old transmission fluid. Refill with Genuine Honda transmission fluid.

Benefit

Replacing the transmission fluid at the proper interval maximizes transmission life.

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Transfer Case: Replace Transfer Case Fluid

Procedure

Drain old fluid and fill transfer case with the specific amount and proper type fluid.

Benefit

Replacing the transfer case fluid at the proper interval maximizes transfer case life.

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Valve Clearance: Inspect

Procedure

Remove the valve cover with the engine cold. Measure valve clearance and adjust if necessary.

Benefit

Inspect and adjust the valve clearance to decrease the chance of valve noise.

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Wheels: Rotate Tires

Procedure

Remove wheel/tire assembly and reinstall based on tire rotation recommendation in the owner's manual.

Benefit

Rotating the tires helps maximize tire life and minimize uneven tire wear.

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Wheels: Inspect Wheel Alignment (Front And Rear)

Procedure

Install vehicle on alignment rack. Check alignment for proper toe, caster, and camber.

Benefit

Wheel alignment will ensure that the wheels are properly aligned and should minimize uneven or accelerated tire wear.