Daily Slideshow: The S2000 is a Great Car to Wrench On
Few cars are easier to work on than the Honda S2000 as virtually all maintenance and repair work can be completed from the comfort of your garage.
Ready For Wrenching
The S2000 has come to be known as a great car not only for its level of performance and the unique driving experience it provides but also because it is a very user-friendly car to work on. In typical Honda fashion, the S2K has proven to be a very reliable platform that can live a healthy life with basic maintenance, but rest assured that more invasive work is far easier than most cars on the road today.
Despite the S2000 being a small car, the engine bay is rather ginormous in size. As opposed to just about every other Honda vehicle built today, the S2K has its engine installed in a longitudinal orientation because of its rear-wheel-drive setup. In turn, this allows for easy access to the front of the engine as well as both the intake and exhaust sides of the motor. Moving the hood prop location to stand the hood near vertical improves upon the already great engine bay access. Basically, everything is quite accessible in the engine bay; something that cannot be said for most cars today.
Jack It Up
The S2000 sits quite low to the ground even in stock form, so a low-profile jack and a set of jack stands are considered essential items if you plan to do any work from the underside of your S2K. Even simple maintenance such as changing the engine oil or replacing your brakes pads will see your jack and jack stands getting frequent use, so it will be money well spent for as long as you own the car.
Tools For The Job
If you are going to do any kind of wrenching on your S2K you want to be sure to have the right tools for the job. Luckily, 95% of all work that one is likely to do in their garage can be completed with a basic mechanic's tool set that features metric combination wrenches as well as a mixture of 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" ratchets and metric sockets. Throw in some Allen keys, screwdrivers, and a torque wrench for good measure.
It is a fairly safe bet that many S2000 consumable items will be readily available for years to come. That said, Honda has been known to discontinue their OEM parts supply for vehicles that are older than 10 years, so certain specialty items will inevitably become harder to find in the future. Fortunately, the Honda S2000 has one of the strongest aftermarket parts networks that we have seen, thus there will likely be plenty of parts to keep your S2K on the road.
A Database of Knowledge
Having a healthy knowledge base is perhaps one of the most important factors to anyone looking to work on their own vehicle. The S2000 factory service manual is readily available on the web for free and contains step-by-step procedures to fix just about anything on your car. Additionally, S2KI is a great community of enthusiasts who have banded together to create numerous DIY guides on how to fix your S2000, and they are always just a forum message away if you ever find yourself in a pinch and are in need of advice while wrenching.