Honda Glossary


The Honda Accord is a saloon car that has been in production since 1976 and continues to be built across the world today.

First available in the UK when manufacturing at the Swindon plant began in 1993, the Honda Accord is known for it’s blend of spacious interior, clean design and range of different engine configurations. Offering both petrol and diesel engine variants in a range of sizes, these engines, along with all other parts have always had a reputation for reliability as you would expect from Honda.

Air Filter

The air filter in your car is another important part in maintaining good engine performance, after all, it’s not just fuel, water and oil that your car needs – it’s also a steady flow of clean oxygen.

A good filter will prevent harmful debris, dirt and contaminants from entering your engine which over time can impact on performance and smooth running and in some extreme cases, protect against complete engine failure.

Genuine Honda air filters are pleated to provide a larger surface area to catch more of the contaminates that you find out on the road. They have also been designed using a high quality fibrous material that in tests has shown to last longer that non-genuine alternatives, providing clean air to engine.


The Honda battery in your car is vital as it provides the electricity which powers all the electrical components in your vehicle. There are a large number of electrical components in any car so there is lot for this battery to power, not to mention it is responsible for actually starting the car too!

So how does a car battery actually work? In short, there’s a chemical reaction taking place inside the battery. The battery converts the energy from the chemical reaction to electrical energy which then powers your car. The battery also needs to keep that electrical current consistent and steady, creating a stable voltage output.

The alternator also plays an important role when it comes to batteries, helping the battery to keep the voltage stable but more critically, providing charge back to the battery when the engine is running, helping to extend the life of the battery and ensure it continues to perform its critical functions.

How long a battery will last and continue to function properly is dependent on many factors however all the batteries we sell come with a 3-year warranty. Cox Motor Parts stocks several batteries including Honda Civic batteries, Honda CR-V batteries and Honda Jazz batteries.

For more information about how to change your car battery, see the following article: How To Replace A Genuine Honda Car Battery

Brake Disc

The job performed by Honda brake discs is pretty self-explanatory but in summary, they help slow and stop the car making them rather important!

Brake discs are attached on the axel along with the wheel so that when the brake pedal is pressed, the brake pads make contact with the discs causing friction which in turn brings the car to a stop.

The forces at work when creating this friction generate a great amount of heat which causes wear and tear to all brake parts which is why it is important to keep them in good working order is a must and any brake parts not in good condition would be an MOT failure, not to mention potentially making your car very unsafe to drive.

Clearly the brake discs are a crucial part of the car so when it is time to replace them, you should look to use genuine parts which are often made of a higher quality material than non-genuine making them not only safer but longer-lasting.

Brake Pad

Much like brake discs, brake pads are also part of the process that takes place when you press the brake pedal that helps slow and stop the car.

When you press down on the brake pedal, the pads are pressed against the discs and the friction this causes is what brings the vehicle to a standstill.

Brake pads can be made of a number of materials but all are designed to absorb heat and energy which is created during braking but despite this they will eventually wear down and need to be checked on a regular basis.

Given the critical functions performed by the brake pads, when replacing them it is important to use the very best, ideally from the same manufacturer as the car itself as these will provide the best heat-resistance and durability in addition to be specifically designed for the vehicle.

Carpet Mat

Carpet mats offer a touch of luxury in your car providing protection to the floor itself from dust and dirt whilst also improving the overall comfort in the footwell area.

Genuine Honda carpet mats have been designed specifically for the vehicle you own, after all, Honda did make the car in the first place so know the exact shapes and dimensions so will fit perfectly, unlike some generic brand offerings.

Using high quality materials, the Genuine Honda mats are easy to clean and as they are very hard wearing, you will get a long lifespan from them, even when the weather outside means you don’t always have the cleanest shoes when getting in your car!


The job of the clutch to create a smooth engagement between the engine and a non-spinning transmission. When in contact, the clutch will transfer the rotational power of the engine to the wheels, making the car move.

The clutch also allows the engine power to be applied gradually to so there is a gradual start to the movement.

When the clutch is fully disengaged, where the clutch pedal is fully depressed, contact is removed and this stops the power from the engine being sent to the transmission which allows the engine to keep running without stalling. When the clutch is fully engaged, where the clutch pedal is fully raised, contact is made and this allows the transfer of engine power to the transmission.

As the clutch is what makes a car ‘go’, it’s one of the fundamental components and without it, you won’t be going anywhere and you’ll need to buy a new Honda clutch kit. Some typical symptoms of a clutch starting to fail include:

  • Change in height of engagement on clutch pedal
  • Any sudden increases or decreases of RPM without any change to throttle
  • Burning smell or smoke when changing gear
  • Grinding sound when changing gear


The Honda CR-V is a compact SUV first manufactured in the UK at the Swindon plant in 1997.

Now in its 4th generation, with the latest model set to be released in the UK in time for autumn 2018 registrations, the CR-V has become one of the cornerstones of the Honda range. Available with both petrol and diesel engines as well as manual and automatic transmissions, the CR-V has become renowned for safety, clean and spacious interior as well as developing a great style on the exterior.


Available in the UK since 2001, the Honda Jazz is now in it’s third iteration and remains ever popular due to its practicality and spacious interior.

Designed as a vehicle to be both a supermini and MPV, the Jazz has always been available with petrol engines, from the entry level 1.2 litre all the way up to the new 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine in the new Jazz Sport which produces 130 PS. The Honda Jazz is also available with both manual and automatic transmission making them ideal for all drivers.

Oil Filter

An oil filter has a number of functions in your car including to help regulate pressure and provide a constant high flow rate but most critically it is there to filter out tiny, hard particles and prevent them being re-circulated back into the engine as these impurities can cause significant damage.

With the oil filter removing these impurities, it prevents damage such as scoring the bores in the engine, crankshafts and camshafts.

Given the important functions an oil filter performs, it is essential to keep it clean and ideally replace every time the oil is change as a clogged filter can lead to not only the damage mentioned above but also a lack of lubrication throughout the engine which can cause other problems which could cost hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds to fix.

It may only be a small part on the car, often smaller than a tin of soup, but the oil filter on your car plays a big part in trouble free motoring.

Rubber Mat

Rubber mats offer an all-weather solution in providing protection to your car floor from dirt whilst also having the added benefit of being waterproof.

Genuine Honda rubber mats have been designed specifically for the vehicle you own, after all, Honda did make the car in the first place so know the exact shapes and dimensions so will fit perfectly, unlike some generic brand offerings.

The high-density rubber used is very hard wearing, ensuring a long-lasting solution to keeping the car floor clean and dry. The other benefit is that the rubber mats are very easy clean.

Wiper Blade

Windscreen wipers ensure you have a clear, unobstructed view of the road no matter the conditions. You never know when you might get caught out so having good wiper blades will help quickly and efficiently clear the obstruction, anything from rain, sleet or snow to dust or even leaves can be removed.

Making sure your car windscreen wiper blades are in good, working condition can help you be as safe as possible on the road when the inevitable happens meaning you can continue your journey in safety. To do so, it’s important to keep a close eye on them, cleaning them on a regular basis with a soft cloth to remove any small pieces of debris as well as the general grime they are there to clear from the windscreen itself can help as these can cause problems further down the line, causing the rubber to split or crack.

As windscreen wipers are part of ensuring you can see clearly in all conditions, their effectiveness is tested as part of your annual MOT test. If they cannot clear water from the windscreen effectively enough they are deemed an MOT failure. Some tell-tale signs to look out for that your Honda wiper blades are failing include:

  • Streaking
  • Unusual noises
  • Irregular movement
  • Ragged or distorted blades
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