auto maintenance

The maintenance needs of Honda hybrid cars are somewhat, but not very much different from the vehicles that use only an internal combustion engine – like it is the case with any car, you will have some specific maintenance tasks to get done in fall. Here is an outline:

  • Oil changes – the special construction that combines a standard engine with a powerful electric motor takes some stress off the internal combustion engine, which makes oil changes less frequent. Hybrid cars need an oil replacement every 5,000 – 10,000 miles – if your car reaches that limit in fall, get the oil replaced before winter;
  • Brake pads – the regenerative braking feature on hybrid cars reduce the wear on the brakes as well, but it is a good idea to get them checked before icy weather settles in;
  • Spark plugs – these components work more on hybrids than in standard cars, so get them checked and, if necessary, replaced to avoid starting issues in cold weather;
  • Pay constant attention to the hybrid battery pack – the recommended Honda Civic hybrid battery is the heart of your Honda hybrid, so always allow it sufficient time to charge and never let it deplete completely;
  • Keep the tires inflated to the right pressure and switch to winter tires when the temperatures start to drop in fall.