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Common Honda Repairs and Maintenance

Updated: May 9, 2023

Even though we're called "The Subaru Guys", we love repairing your Hondas too!

Honda has a strong portfolio of reliable vehicles with the Fit, CR-V, and the Ridgeline pickup truck among its most dependable options. Honda vehicles are well known for their Safety, Reliability, and Fuel Efficiency. Many people buy Hondas because they can handle difficult terrain and can adjust to nearly any weather condition. In a place like Albuquerque, New Mexico where the roads can get pretty rough during the winter months, Hondas excellent handling is essential. When you need a good All-Purpose Vehicle with Four-Wheel Drive or All-Wheel Drive, Honda is a great choice.

Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, reaching a production of 400 million by the end of 2019. Honda is also the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. In 2001 Honda became the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer.

At Reincarnation Inc. The Subaru Guys, we help keep Hondas on the road for many years past what the expectations for road worthiness are. But as with all Import Vehicles, problems can arise. The nature of owing any Vehicle is that parts degrade and eventually need to be repaired. Making sure you’re getting Routine Maintenance done regularly at Reincarnation Inc. The Subaru Guys, will help prevent some of these major Honda repairs. It is important to keep in mind that once you hit a certain point in your Honda Mileage, wear and tear is inevitable. Here is what you need to know about the most common Honda repairs.

Cracked Engine Block

In 2014, the warranty was extended to 10 years on 2006-2009 Honda Civics with a cracked engine block. The crack caused the vehicle to leak coolant, which in many cases led to engine overheating and failing. Depending on the extent of damage, your Honda may be in need of a complete engine replacement.

Locking Problems

Honda CR-V vehicles are known to have a locking problem that involves the driver-side door. The door either doesn’t lock at all or gets stuck in an endless loop of locking and unlocking. This is not a major defect, but rather an annoying problem that also creates a security risk.

Airbag Issues

Numerous complaints have been filed against Honda about airbags not deploying upon impact, specifically in the in the 2008 Honda Accord. Unfortunately there have been other airbag issue for Honda— Honda had to recall over 24 million vehicles in connection to producing a large number of air bags that may explode and shoot out debris.

Transmission Failure

Do you own a Honda Civic, Accord, Pilot or Odyssey? We often see these Hondas plagued with Automatic Transmission failure caused by a defective Torque Converter. A torque converter in Automatic Transmission cars does the job of a clutch, i.e. disconnecting the engine from the wheels. A failed torque converter will burn up transmission fluid and prevent your Honda from shifting into gear or moving. Transmission failure in these Honda vehicles usually occurs before 90,000 miles and can be costly to repair.

Idling Vibration

Many owners report a vibration issue in the newer Honda CRV as well as other Honda vehicles. The vibration occurs when the car is idling and is described by some as “violent shaking.” If you have experienced this issue with your Honda CRV, be sure to bring your car into the shop for a Digital Inspection to rule out any problems.

A/C Problems

Many customers report that they have been having issues with A/C not blowing cold air in various year models of the Honda CR-V. The A/C either stops working entirely or, in some cases, blows warm air. These issues seems to be related to a faulty A/C compressor that seizes and often ends up contaminating the entire system with debris. Summer temps in Albuquerque are no joke. Be sure your Honda's AC is ready to keep you cool!

Premature Brake Wear

Honda Accords and Acura TSXs have been reported to experience premature brake wear. Front and rear brake pads would need to be replaced and rotors resurfaced as early as 15,000 to 20,000 miles, while they are supposed to last up to 70,000 miles. Honda initially denied the issue and even went as far as refusing to cover these expenses under its warranty. In 2009, a class-action law suit was filed, and a year later Honda settled to compensate car owners for rear brake pad replacement. The issue is believed to stem from the new “electronic brake-distribution” system that debuted in these cars.

Recommended Maintenance And Oil Changes

One way to help keep your Honda safely on the road is to stay up to date on Recommended Maintenance, including Oil Changes. At Reincarnation Inc. The Subaru Guys we recommend the following maintenance schedule for your Honda:

3,750 Miles

Oil Service/General Service

7,500 Miles

Digital Inspection / Oil Service / Tire rotation

15,000 Miles

Digital Inspection / Oil Service / Change Cabin Air Filter / Engine Air Filter

Tire Rotation / Adjust Belts / Adjust Clutch / Adjust Park Brake

30,000 Miles

Digital Inspection / Oil Service / Change Automatic Transmission Fluid / Brake fluid flush

Coolant change (if applicable) / Tune up incl. Filters, Spark Plugs / Tire Rotation / Adjust Park Brake / Adjust Fan Belts/Adjust Clutch / Change front and rear differential fluid

60,000 Miles

Digital Inspection / Oil Service / Change Automatic Transmission Fluid or CVT fluid/ Brake fluid flush/Coolant change (if applicable) / Tune up incl. Filters, Spark Plugs / Tire Rotation / Adjust Park Brake / Adjust Fan Belts/Adjust Clutch / Change front and rear differential fluid

Oil Changes

All vehicles need Oil to keep the Engine lubricated and in proper working order and even the most reliable cars and trucks, such as Honda's, need Oil Changes on a regular basis.

Staying on top of Oil Changes is one of the most important things you can do to extend the longevity of your Honda. The Subaru Guys recommend keeping a close eye on the mileage sticker from your last Oil Change and checking the Oil level often. If you smell Burning Oil, hear Clunking Noises, or your Engine is Overheating, your Honda might be dangerously low on Oil.

If you can’t remember the last time your Honda had its Oil Changed, be sure to visit The Subaru Guys right away!

Scheduling regular Automotive Service Appointments will help maintain the longevity of your Honda and can also help prevent Honda Maintenance issues down the road. Reincarnation Inc. uses OEM Equivalent Honda Parts to ensure the quality and dependability you have come to expect with our Award-Winning Technicians. Additionally, Reincarnation Inc. keeps Detailed Digital Records of all your visits so you have a complete picture of the overall health of your Honda.

Call The Subaru Guys Today to speak with our 5-Star Service team and learn about the Factory-Recommended Maintenance for your Honda vehicle. Our ASE certified team will help you understand special considerations for your Honda, such as driving on dirt roads and towing, and help you schedule a reservation for Recommended Maintenance with The Subaru Guys to keep your Honda safely on the road for years to come.


The Subaru Guys

Reincarnation Inc.

The Subaru Guys

1300 2nd St. NW

Albuquerque NM 87102


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