Keeping your car running, in good condition and safe can feel like a weighty task. To make it easier, we have posted questions most asked of our technicians along with the simple answers to keep you informed and your Honda running for a long time.

At Nardy Honda Smithtown, we know you have many choices in servicing your Honda on Long Island. We want to make it fast, easy, safe and affordable. If your question is not answered down below, please call our service department at (888)280-1658 and one of our service consultants will be happy to assist you.

Safe driving and enjoy your Honda.

Does the throttle body need to be serviced periodically?
Yes. The throttle body regulates and measures the air going into the engine for combustion.
The throttle body should be serviced at 30,000 mile intervals as it becomes dirty from the contaminants in the air. A dirty throttle body can cause a drop in the fuel economy, performance, & safety.

How often should I replace my windshield wiper inserts?
 Windshield wipers are made of rubber and will deteriorate or become damaged from the outdoor elements. As a clear component for safety, wiper inserts should be replaced once a year or when you notice poor wiping quality.

When should the ENGINE air filter be replaced?
The engine air filter should be replaced at 15,000 mile intervals. A clean air filter keeps foreign debris out of the engine air intake. A clogged air filter can build up, which can lead to poor fuel economy and reduced engine performance.

What is the IN-CABIN pollen filter and why should I replace it?
The in-cabin pollen filter is located within your dashboard on the inside of your car. It traps and reduces contaminants such as pollen and dust that enter your vehicle through the venting system. Replacement of this filter will improve the quality of the cabin air and increase the efficiency of the heating and air conditioning systems. Unlike the engine air filter, the in-cabin pollen filter is expensive and not as easily accessible, requiring more labor time to replace.

Are frequent oil changes necessary?
Yes. Performing regularly scheduled oil changes removes contaminants and properly lubricates the internal working parts of your engine. Frequent oil changes will reduce sludge build up (which could lead to costly engine repairs) and contribute to better fuel economy and help ensure longer engine life.

Why should I rotate and balance my tires?
Front and rear tires wear differently. Tires will wear more evenly when you rotate your tires every 7500 miles. Since wheel weights can loosen, move or fall off your wheel, it is good practice to have your wheels balanced each time you rotate your tires. This will save you the expense of premature tire replacement and aid in braking safety.

Should my differential be serviced periodically?
 Yes. The differential is a gear box that allows the wheels to rotate at different speeds while making turns. Differential oil provides both cooling and lubrication to moving parts. The oil can become contaminated, causing the moving parts to bind and clunking noises to occur. Servicing the differential periodically will ensure smooth operation while turning and avoid unnecessary costly repairs.

Does my transmission fluid need to be drained and replaced?
Absolutely. The transmission fluid lubricates the moving parts inside your transmission. Water from condensation and heat from friction can cause the transmission fluid to break down resulting in the slipping of gears. Contaminated transmission fluid can result in excessive wear to internal components shortening the life of your transmission and leading to transmission failure.

How often should my engine coolant be replaced?
It should be replaced every 2 years. Fresh engine coolant provides 3 levels of protection to your engine. First coolant prevents your engine from overheating. An overheated engine can leave you stranded on the side of the road or in extreme circumstances cause your engine to seize. Second, it is an antifreeze agent that prevents your engine coolant from freezing. Frozen engine coolant can cause your engine block to crack. Third, engine coolant lubricates your water pump and protects your radiator and heat core from corrosion. Engine coolant can break down and become acidic.

Should I have my brake fluid serviced?
Yes. Brake fluid can break down due to condensation accumulation causing brake fade or component failure which may compromise safety. Your brakes and brake fluid are the most essential safety components of your vehicle.

How often should a wheel alignment be performed?
At least once a year. Like rotating your tires, a wheel alignment will also prolong the life of your tires saving you money. Sometimes a pothole or other road hazards can cause your wheels to be out of alignment. Proper wheel alignment is critical to not only tire wear but also to vehicle performance and handling.

When should I replace the timing belt?
Between 75,000 and 100,000 miles depending on your model. The timing belt is an internal fan belt that connects the crankshaft to the camshaft. The belt will stretch and crack from age and use. A failed timing belt will cause catastrophic damage to your engine.