How to Maintain Your Honda Civic

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Maintenance is an essential part of taking care of your car. Local mechanics refer to it jokingly as your “Civic duty.” Honda’s regular maintenance schedule ensures that your car will run smoothly, efficiently, and for a very long time.

Maintenance schedules can be calculated with either miles or months. It depends on which you reach first. If you’re a constant commuter, you’ll want to schedule your maintenance around a mileage system; if you don’t drive the car as often, you’ll want to follow the month system. So here’s a quick list of maintenance items for your new Honda Civic.

7,500 miles/12 months

  • Get your oil changed every 7,500 miles

15,000 miles/12 months

  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Visually inspect elements such as brake hoses, fluids, cooling systems, exhaust systems, etc.

30,000 miles/24 months

  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Replace air cleaner element
  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Inspect and adjust drive belts
  • Inspect valve clearance
  • Visually inspect the elements listed above

45,000 miles/36 months

  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Replace brake fluid
  • Replace engine coolant

60,000 miles/48 months

  • Replace spark plugs
  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Inspect and adjust drive belts
  • Replace air cleaner element

75,000 miles/60 months

  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Replace engine coolant
  • Replace the engine oil filter

90,000 miles/72 months

  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Replace transmission fluid
  • Replace brake fluid
  • Replace spark plugs

105,000 miles/84 months

  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment
  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Replace timing belt and inspect water pump
  • Inspect idle speed
  • Replace engine coolant

120,000 miles/96 months

  • Replace the engine oil filter
  • Replace air cleaner element
  • Replace spark plugs
  • Inspect and adjust drive belts
  • Inspect front and rear brakes
  • Check parking brake adjustment

With this easy maintenance list, you’ll be sure to keep your Civic running smoothly for a long time. The Honda Civic is built to last, but like any car, it does require regular maintenance in order to stay in tip-top shape. Frequent fluid inspections and tire pressure checks are also basic maintenance items that you’ll want to keep up with.

You can take your Honda Civic to the dealership for these maintenance items or find a local mechanic in your area. The advantage of a dealership is that they can maintain the entire vehicle history on a database. This lets you keep track of exactly which items have been done and which procedures need to take place next. They’re also Honda experts, as opposed to regular mechanics who may not specialize in one brand of car. Best of all, they’re familiar with the warranty guidelines and can let you know if a repair is covered under your warranty or not. By maintaining detailed records on your car, they can ensure that all necessary maintenance checks have been completed according to the list.