Honda Insight Maintenance Schedule
The Honda Insight is a hybrid electric car, but it requires regular maintenance just like any other vehicle on the road. The frequency of maintenance procedures will depend largely on whether the Insight is operated under normal or more extreme conditions. The following information will outline the typical maintenance schedule for normal driving conditions.
You should change your Insight’s oil (and filter) every 7,500 miles or every 12 months, whichever comes first. If you drive a lot in extreme conditions (i.e. very hot weather or icy-cold conditions) it is better to change your oil every 3,750 miles.To help you remember, a dashboard light will appear when the Insight is due for an oil change. This light will indicate the percentage of your oil life and will say “service due now” when oil is dangerously low. It is best not to wait for the dashboard light to change the oil. Remember to check oil and coolant levels whenever you gas up.
Brakes should be examined every 15,000 miles or every twelve months. You may also have to check the brake system if there are dashboard lights stating “BRAKE FLUID LOW” or “CHECK BRAKE SYSTEM” which appear while driving. Insight owners should take their vehicles to a qualified mechanic or Honda service center for a thorough brake check-up. A technician should also check your parking brake to determine if any adjustment is needed.
Rotating tires spreads out the wear and tear to make them last longer. You should get your Insight’s tires rotated every 7,500 miles. You may also want to check your tires if the “low pressure” dashboard light appears.
Changing the Air Filter
Your Insight’s cabin air filter should be changed on a regular basis to ensure you have fresh clean air to breathe when using the vents or climate control. It is recommended that the filter be changed every 24 months or 30,000 miles. A lot of drivers make it a practice to change the air filter when they get an oil change.
Checking Drive Belts
Your vehicle’s drive belt is an important part because it controls the functioning of many other parts such as the water pump, air conditioner, and power steering system. The drive belt should be inspected every 24 months or 30,000 miles to determine if an adjustment is needed.
Changing Radiator Fluid
Your car’s radiator fluid, or coolant, is usually topped off during an oil change. At some point, it is necessary to flush the fluid and replace it entirely. For the Honda Insight, it is suggested that a coolant replacement should be done at 96,000 miles or 96 months. The Insight may occasionally provide warnings (via a dashboard light) when there is a problem with the coolant. The dashboard light icon for coolant looks like a thermometer floating upright in the water. It is normal that the light comes on for a few seconds when the engine is started. If the light comes on while driving, there is a problem with the coolant temperature that requires immediate action.
Replacing the Engine Air Cleaner
An engine air cleaner change is recommended every 24 months or 30,000 miles. This is another item that is frequently checked during oil changes by a service center.
There are several parts which should be visually examined every 12 months or 15,000 miles. These include the steering gearbox, suspension, brake hoses/lines, exhaust system, fuel lines, driveshaft boots, and all fluids. If you are unsure how to check these items, or need any other type of maintenance service, contact Port Charlotte Honda for quality service.