Honda Repairs: When to DIY and When to Take It In

Honda Repairs Independent Auto Care DenverAre you wrestling with the idea of performing DIY repairs on a Honda vehicle?

Honda vehicles are well known for their exceptional reliability.

In an industry-wide survey, three Honda models ranked in the top 10 for reliability. With an emphasis on preventative maintenance, Honda owners can drive for over 200,000 miles.

The challenge is deciding which preventative maintenance actions are DIY or need professional service. Read on to learn which Honda repairs need a certified mechanic. 

DIY Honda Repairs

If your neighborhood association, landlord or rental company allows it, many simple Honda repairs can be completed in a home garage. In today’s digital age, there are a ton of standard repair procedures on the web.

Also, YouTube videos provide Honda owners with a visual maintenance aid. Below are a few DIY maintenance items that might help you save some cash.

Replace the Brake Pads and Rotors

Many people are intimidated by this repair, after all, there’s no margin for error when it comes to your stopping power. If you can change a tire, however, you should be ok replacing brake pads and rotors.

The parts are available at a wide array of retailers, just make sure you get the right fit for your Honda. Besides the lug wrench that is used to change a tire, the only tools you need are a C-clamp and an adjustable wrench.

Removing the brake caliper is as simple as removing a bolt. Then use the C-clamp to tighten the brake piston and place the caliper back over your new brake pads. You may want to take photos of what things look like before taking it all apart so you know what it should look like when you’re done.

Replace Drive Belts

This is a super important maintenance action. If a drive belt snaps, it can cause expensive damage to major parts, such as the cooling system.

Drive belts are easily attainable at an auto parts store. The vehicle’s manual includes a drawing or schematic to help you. This visual aid shows you how to route the belt through the critical components.

Before you get started, make sure you truly have a solid understanding of how to DIY this repair. Otherwise, you’ll also end up paying for the repair as well as a tow to a Honda mechanic like Independent Auto Care.

Other DIY Tasks

The list of potential DIY tasks is extensive. Every couple of years you will need to replace the vehicle’s battery. Cleaning the battery terminals extends the service life of the battery.

Replacing air and fuel filters are simple and effective ways to extend engine service life. Swapping out spark plugs is vital for fuel efficiency and maintaining engine performance. Performing oil changes is another easy, but necessary, task that may be done at home.

When to Take Your Honda to a Certified Mechanic

If you feel uncomfortable performing a maintenance task or would rather not spend your free time crawling around under your car, you should feel free take it to a professional.

Any repair that may void the manufacturer warranty fits this category as well.

As a general rule of thumb, take your vehicle to a mechanic if the check-engine light comes on. This typically means you need a diagnostic reader to read and clear the failure code.

Lastly, repairs on major components should be performed by a professional. Items that fit this classification are the engine, transmission, and cooling system.

Wrapping It Up

DIY Honda repairs are a great way to save money. However, some tasks are too complicated and important to perform in your garage. You don’t want to leave yourself stranded or wind up with a more expensive repair on your hands just because a YouTube video skipped a step.

When knowledge and experience are lacking, you should always enlist the help of a professional to get the job done right. If you require professional assistance, please contact us to schedule an appointment at Independent Auto Care today.

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