The Honda Civic is one of the best cars on the road. Car & Driver, Edmunds.com, Motor Trend, and U.S. News & World Report all praise the Civic for its reliability and fuel efficiency. Make sure you get every minute and every mile out of your Honda Civic with these important services!
Based on owners’ reports to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, here are four Honda Civic services you should stay on top of so that you can help avoid common Honda Civic repairs down the road.
When in doubt, consult your manufacturer recommendations for specific guidance on Honda Civic maintenance service intervals.
1. Brake Check
Some 2006-2011 Honda Civic owners report rapid and uneven tire wear, which can quickly lead to braking issues and vibrations at highway speeds. Drivers with newer model Civics, though, tend to notice premature brake wear and parking brake failure. Stay in tune with your Civic’s stopping power and watch for the following brake issues:
- Grinding, squeaking, or squealing brakes.
- A soft, spongy brake pedal.
- A shaky steering wheel when braking.
If you encounter these or any other brake issues with your Honda Civic, or you want to help prevent them in the first place, visit your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for a free brake check.
Our free brake check involves measuring front and rear brake pad and rotor wear, testing the brake fluid, and performing an e-brake inspection.
If we find any problems, our certified technicians can take care of them with one of three levels of brake service. We do nearly 1 million brake repairs every year.
2. Cooling System Diagnostic
Overheating and leaky radiator hoses can become an issue with older Honda Civics (think 1990 to early 2000s).
Your radiator helps regulate the temperature of your engine. Coolant helps the radiator do its job, so it’s one of the critical ingredients for a top-performing engine. When you’re on the road, engine parts cause friction, and that friction produces heat. Coolant works with the radiator to maintain an ideal engine temperature—not too hot and not too cold.
To make sure your car’s coolant is OK and your engine is operating at a safe temperature, come in to your neighborhood Firestone Complete Auto Care for a cooling system diagnostic, which will include a coolant leak check.
If our certified technicians find any issues with the coolant or radiator, it might be time to schedule a radiator flush and repair for your Honda Civic.
3. Fuel System Cleaning
Some owners of both newer and older model Honda Civics have reported a fuel system defect which could result in fuel mixing with the car’s motor oil.
Your Honda Civic’s fuel filter, fuel pump, and fuel injectors are all part of the same interconnected fuel system. When dirt and debris build up in one of these parts, or fuel leaks out, it can lead to damage in other engine parts and eventual engine failure.
If your Honda Civic’s check engine light comes on or you notice a sudden decrease in fuel economy, it’s smart to bring your vehicle to your local Firestone Complete Auto Care for a diagnostic test. Our testing service involves a thorough examination of the fuel system by certified technicians who know and love Honda Civics as much as you do.
We recommend getting a fuel system cleaning annually, or as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer and owner’s manual.
4. Transmission Service
Transmission problems are among the most commonly reported, especially for Honda Civic models between 2001 and 2003.
The transmission of your Honda Civic has hundreds of interconnected parts that are always in motion and interacting with other parts of your car. It’s natural for the transmission to experience a lot of wear and tear.
Getting a transmission fluid change and transmission flush is important for maintaining the health of your Civic. That’s why Honda recommends regularly scheduled transmission service. Keeping up with transmission maintenance can help your Civic stand the test of time.
Do you hop behind the wheel of a Honda Civic every day? Stay on top of your manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule and turn to Firestone Complete Auto Care for all of your Honda Civic services and repairs.
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