Fall Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Summer has already come to a close in the South Sound and those cooler temperatures are setting in. With all the excitement that fall brings, one thing you shouldn’t forget about is your vehicle! Fall maintenance is important in keeping your car running for all those busy fall activities, and in helping to prepare you for the fast-approaching winter. The service team here at Capitol City Honda is ready to get your vehicle prepped for fall. Here are some items you should consider getting checked to get your vehicle fall-ready:

Tires & Alignment

If you’re not already doing regular inspections on the tread of your tires, now is a good time to do it! A common practice is to place a penny, head first, into all the tread grooves across your tire. If you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head in any of the grooves, your treads are worn down and should be replaced. Stopping distances increase as tread depth decreases, especially in wet conditions. A mis-aligned vehicle can also be the cause of rapid or uneven tire wear. If you’re unsure, a member of our service team would be happy to provide a complimentary tire inspection for you and advise you on choosing a new set if needed. We carry a full line of Honda Factory Recommended replacement tires. 

Windshield Wiper Inserts

Should I replace my winshield wiper blades or just the inserts?   Honda wiper blades (the metal or hard plastic part) are very hardy and cost more to replace, so don't discard them. Honda wiper inserts will not fit in aftermarket wiper blades. If your wiper inserts are starting to smear or streak,  make sure to clean your windshield wiper inserts (the rubber part) at least every three to six months,  sometimes wiping off the insert with a paper towel and some glass cleaner will do the trick. Wiper inserts usually don’t last more than six months to a year, so if they continue to smear or streak, it’s probably time to get a new pair. We stock most common sizes of wiper inserts. Our parts department would be happy to assist you with replacing or ordering new windshield wiper inserts for your vehicle. 


This is the most important safety system on your vehicle. Performing routine inspections and replacing or servicing brake components as they wear ensures proper brake operation. This greatly increases the safety of the vehicles occupants and others traveling the same roads and highways. Our Honda Factory Trained Technicians will bring you some peace of mind by performing an inspection. 

• Remove the wheels, and check the discs for wear, cracks, and damage. • Measure pad thickness, and check the calipers for free movement, damage, leaks, and tightness of mounting bolts. • Ensures proper operation of the brakes. • Determine condition of friction material so you can prevent brake pads from wearing down to the metal backing and damaging the rotor disc.


When the weather changes, it can take a toll on your vehicle’s battery.  Your battery works harder to do it's job in extreme heat or cold. The performance of all batteries decline over time, most  standard batteries have a lifespan of 3-4 years under normal conditions. A battery with low voltage or a consistently low Cold Cranking Amp rating, is the sign of  an approaching failure to start. Bring your vehicle into Capitol City Honda and we will perform a complimentary battery test. We will provide you with a printed battery test that details your battery's Cold Cranking Amp rating against the actual measured Cold Cranking Amps, The Voltage rating, your batteries current state of charge and it's ability to hold a charge. We offer Honda's 100-month* replacement battery.

* see your service advisor for warranty details

Capitol City Honda is ready to help you with all your fall maintenance needs. We’ve been serving the South Sound for more than 45 years in the sales and service departments, and we can’t wait for you to become part of our family. Call 360-754-7721 to learn more about maintenance for your vehicle or to schedule a service appointment.