Honda Fit Common Problems
One of the bestselling cars by Honda in recent history, the Honda Fit subcompact provides a lot of comfort for such a small car. Its revolutionary monospace construction offers lots of interior space while its “Magic Seat” system provides various cargo and seating modes for versatility on the road. Today, the Fit is found at nearly every corner of the globe with nearly 5 million units on the road.
The Honda Fit is a symbol of Honda’s drive for maximizing efficiency in its cars, but just like any other vehicle, it does have its own share of flaws. Here are some of the more frequent problems found in Honda Fit vehicles.
Variable Valve Timing
One or more of the four springs found on the engine’s variable valve timing system has been known to fail in Fit subcompacts, leading to rough idling and stalling that can severely affect handling and steering performance. Fit owners who encounter these problems must have their cars inspected and, if the spring is found to be at fault, replaced as soon as possible.
Owners of 2007-2008 Honda Fit models have also reported problems with the A/C system, particularly with the fan speed control switch. This problem is usually traced back to defects in the A/C fan, which cause the resister pack that controls the fan to burn out. Replacing both the fan and resister pack typically solves this issue.
Window Switch Water Damage
Honda has issued a recall for Fit vehicles in lieu of several cases of water damage on the power window switches on the driver’s side window. Water intrusion into the switch can lead to switch failure and pose a fire hazard. Dealers are instructed to inspect the switch; if the switch is damaged, it will be replaced immediately, but if no damage is found the switch can still be replaced but will be put on a waiting list.
The fuel filler doors of 2009-2014 Honda Fit models have been reported to not open or require a deal of force to do so. A fault in the spring and mechanisms in the door is typically the source of the problem and must be replaced.
How to Care for Your Honda Fit to Get Better Gas Mileage and Fuel Economy
The Honda Fit has always been a hit for frugal car owners. This subcompact four-door hatchback may be small, but offers big-time practicality, with its high fuel economy, space-efficient engineering, and crisp handling. But just because your car is already efficient on gas doesn't mean you can't save more. By taking care of your vehicle properly, you will spend even less than before.
- Maintain the right pressure in all four tires.
Having proper tire pressure is clearly beneficial to your car's health that newer Honda Fit models are now equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Aside from saving on fuel, good pressure will prevent your tires from wearing out quickly due to bad wear patterns. It also provides better handling so you can always drive safely and avoid any accidents. If your car has a TPMS, you will always be alerted whenever the tire pressure drops significantly below recommended levels. When this happens, inspect all your tires for damage, and use an air pressure gauge to find which one has low pressure and inflate it. Note that every time you inflate, change, or rotate your tires, you will need to recalibrate the TPMS. To do this, you only need to press and hold the TPMS button until the pressure indicator blinks twice, and calibration will begin and finish automatically.
Aside from making sure your Honda Fit's tires are inflated right, keeping your wheels aligned is another preventive maintenance that will help you save money. Making sure that your tires are aligned prevents your car from pulling to either side, lengthens the life of your wheels, and adds to its braking performance. Generally, you must inspect your car's wheel alignment every 10,000 miles, but if you drive on rough roads often, then you should check it every 5,000 miles or so.
- Change the spark plug even before it's due.
Honda recommends that you change your spark plugs every 100,000 miles. However, engine problems most often occur in the last 20,000 miles. By this time, your engine may have a rough idle, have trouble starting, or even misfire. You might also notice that you are consuming more fuel than before or your car is accelerating poorly. You don't have to wait until your engine starts to go bad. Once your spark plug reaches 80,000 miles, replace it as soon as possible. This will save you money from the wasted fuel, repairs, and other components that may get damaged by the engine troubles.
- Replace your air filter often.
Your Honda Fit's air filter is the only thing keeping small yet damaging particles out of the engine. However, just like other filters, this component eventually gets dirty and will need to be replaced. Not changing your air filter can cause your car to lose up to 3 mpg, hurt its performance, or even damage its engine. Your owner's manual recommends that you replace the filter every 20,000 miles or once a year. If you drive in dusty or sandy roads, however, you must change it more often.