Essential Summer Preventative Maintenance for Your Honda and Acura Vehicles 

Summer is here, and it’s time to hit the open road for some much-needed adventures. Whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or weekend getaways, ensuring your Honda or Acura vehicle is in top shape is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable ride. At Orient Auto Repair, we specialize in maintaining and repairing Honda and Acura vehicles, and we’re here to help you keep your car running perfectly all summer long. Here are some essential preventative maintenance tips to get your vehicle summer-ready. 

1. Check and Change Your Fluids 

Fluids are the lifeblood of your vehicle, and maintaining the right levels is crucial, especially in the summer heat. Here are the key fluids to check: 

Engine Oil 

Hot weather can cause engine oil to thin out, reducing its effectiveness. Check your oil level and top it off if necessary. If it’s been a while since your last oil change, consider getting it done before the summer heat sets in. 


Coolant helps prevent your engine from overheating. Ensure your coolant levels are adequate and the fluid is clean. If you haven’t flushed your coolant system in the last two years, now is a good time to do it. 

Transmission Fluid 

Transmission fluid should be checked regularly to ensure it’s at the proper level and in good condition. Dirty or low transmission fluid can lead to overheating and transmission damage, particularly during summer drives. 

2. Inspect Your Brakes 

Brakes are one of the most critical safety features of your vehicle. Hot summer temperatures can affect brake performance, so it’s essential to inspect your brake system thoroughly: 

Brake Pads and Rotors 

Check for any signs of wear and tear on your brake pads and rotors. If you hear any squeaking or grinding noises when braking, it’s time to get them inspected and possibly replaced. 

Brake Fluid 

Ensure your brake fluid is at the proper level and is not contaminated. Brake fluid can absorb moisture over time, which can affect braking efficiency. Flushing and replacing the brake fluid can enhance your braking performance and safety. 

3. Ensure Your Air Conditioning is Functioning Properly 

Driving in the summer heat without a functioning air conditioning system can be unbearable. Here’s what to check: 

AC System Check 

Turn on your air conditioning to ensure it blows cold air. If it’s not cooling as it should, it might be time to recharge the refrigerant or check for leaks in the system. 

Cabin Air Filter 

A dirty cabin air filter can reduce the efficiency of your AC and affect the air quality inside your vehicle. Replacing the cabin air filter can improve airflow and ensure your AC works efficiently. 

4. Test Your Battery 

Summer heat can be tough on car batteries, often leading to battery failure. It’s essential to test your battery and make sure it’s in good condition: 

Battery Inspection 

Check for any corrosion on the battery terminals and clean them if necessary. Ensure the battery is securely mounted and the connections are tight. 

Battery Voltage 

Test the battery voltage to ensure it’s holding a proper charge. If your battery is more than three years old, consider having it tested by a professional to determine if it’s time for a replacement. 

5. Inspect Your Tires 

Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that makes contact with the road, making them crucial for safety and performance: 

Tire Pressure 

Check your tire pressure regularly, as it can fluctuate with temperature changes. Under-inflated tires can lead to poor fuel efficiency and handling, while over-inflated tires can cause blowouts. 

Tire Tread 

Inspect the tread depth of your tires to ensure they have enough grip for safe driving. If the tread is worn down, it’s time to replace your tires. Don’t forget to check the spare tire as well. 

Tire Rotation 

Regular tire rotation can help ensure even tire wear and extend the life of your tires. Consider rotating your tires every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. 

6. Examine Your Belts and Hoses 

Belts and hoses play a vital role in your vehicle’s operation, and summer heat can accelerate their wear and tear: 


Check for any signs of cracking, fraying, or glazing on your belts. A worn-out belt can snap and leave you stranded. 


Inspect your hoses for any signs of leaks, cracks, or swelling. Ensure the connections are secure and there are no visible signs of deterioration. 

7. Test Your Lights and Wipers 

Visibility is crucial for safe driving, especially during summer storms or early morning drives: 


Check all your lights, including headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals, to ensure they are functioning properly. Replace any burnt-out bulbs promptly. 


Inspect your windshield wipers for any signs of wear and tear. Replace them if they are streaking or not cleaning the windshield effectively. 

8. Schedule a Professional Inspection 

While you can perform many maintenance tasks yourself, it’s always a good idea to have your vehicle inspected by a professional. At Orient Auto Repair, our skilled technicians can perform a comprehensive inspection to ensure your Honda or Acura is in top condition for summer driving. 

Comprehensive Check-Up 

Our comprehensive check-up includes fluid checks, brake inspections, battery testing, and a thorough examination of belts, hoses, tires, and more. We use the latest diagnostic tools to identify and address any potential issues before they become major problems. 

Expert Advice 

Our experienced technicians can provide expert advice on maintaining your vehicle and answer any questions you may have about your car’s performance and safety. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today! 

So, as you prepare for summer adventures, don’t let auto repairs slow you down. Whether it’s routine maintenance or unexpected repairs, Orient Auto Repair is here to ensure your vehicle is ready for whatever the road ahead may bring. Contact Orient Auto Repair or give us a call today at (503) 667-3900 to schedule an appointment and experience the Orient Auto Service difference firsthand. Your summer journey starts here!