Service Tips



You’re driving along and all of a sudden there it is! That screeching noise every time you brake.

So it’s time to replace your brakes!

This Service Tip episode was prompted by a family member who has already listened to the squealing of her brakes too long and ended with a much larger repair bill because she did not have the brake pads replaced in time. How did this happen?

In a four wheel disc pattern, each wheel has two brake pads that sit in a caliper, on opposite sides of a rotor. When you press on the brake pedal, the caliper clamps the brake pads against the rotor causing friction and therefore slowing the vehicle. These are wearable parts and do not last forever. Their life span depends greatly on the type of driver you are. Spirited? You’ll replace sooner. Careful and casual? You will get a longer life.

Generally speaking, when your vehicle is in for service at Honda of Oakland, we always do a visual inspection of your brakes. It’s a safety factor and we know you bring your vehicle to us because you trust us with the safety of your vehicle. But what if you haven’t been to Honda of Oakland on a regular basis, maybe you’ve chosen to have the oil changed at an aftermarket facility that may not be as focused on your safety. Maybe you’ve now been hearing this squealing noise for some time and today you pressed on the brake pedal and there was a gut wrenching grinding noise.

Let’s dissect a bit. Generally you normally will get somewhere around 30,000 miles from a set of brake pads. Again, this completely depends on your driving habits. Once the brake pad has worn to a minimum thickness, the squeaker will begin to hit the rotor every time you brake. If you ignore this, then you wear the pad down to the rivets that hold the pad to the backing of the brake pads. It is the metal rivets that then begin to dig into your rotor and cause the bigger damage. If you didn’t damage the rotors too badly, it is possible to ‘turn’ or resurface the rotors and they may be used again, assuming they meet minimum thickness standards once ‘turned’. If not you will need to incur the added expense of replacing the rotors.

Brake Squeaker
Arrow is pointing to the squeaker

So the rule of thumb here is, make sure to always take your vehicle to a responsible technician, one who is as concerned about your safety as you are. Secondly, if you hear noise or a squealing/squeaking noise when you press on the brake. Make an appointment to bring your vehicle in for an inspection.

You can reach our service department at 800 352-1859

Oakland’s Sales Consultants Get In-Depth Training on New 2016 Civic

Oakland's Sales Team learning everything about the all new 2016 Civic
Oakland’s Sales Team learning everything about the all new 2016 Civic

Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting one of American Honda Motor’s Product Specialists, for training and a ‘ride and drive’. It was great fun for all and quite the learning experience. You see, the new 2016 Civic, really IS all new. Slip into the drivers seat and you will immediately note that this vehicle has an upscale feel. The seats are firm, yet comfortable and hug you in all of the right places. We tested the ‘Touring’ Model equipped with the leather trimmed cabin. I was very surprised, at 6 foot 4 and long legs, that with the introduction of the 8 way power seat, there was actually sufficient leg room for me to feel comfortable and not cramped in anyway.

Everywhere you look, everything you touch, is so very different and wonderful compared to the outgoing model. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and haven’t driven the new 2016 Civic, you really need to come by and let us show you just how wonderful it really is ! More on the 2016 Civic

The 2016 Civic Arrives!


Sporty and Sophisticated Visual Presence Portends What’s Under the Skin of the Dramatically Redesigned 2016 Civic Sedan
The all-new tenth generation Civic launches with benchmark-setting levels of performance, fuel efficiency, interior space and premium quality
TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2015 – The 2016 Civic Sedan, a completely new-from-the-ground-up redesign of America’s most popular compact car1, launches Nov. 12 at Honda dealerships nationwide with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)2 starting at $18,640 – an increase of just $150 from the outgoing model. The 2016 Civic Sedan benefits from the most extensive and ambitious redesign in the 43-year history of Civic, a global development effort led for the first time by Honda’s U.S. R&D team, which set their sights on creating the world’s best compact-class car with benchmark-setting levels of quality, fuel efficiency, interior spaciousness and fun-to-drive performance.
“The new Honda Civic offers incredible value and a fun-to-drive spirit that will take a lot of customers by surprise,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “This tenth generation Civic exemplifies the incredible engineering strength of Honda and our capacity to deliver something altogether new, unexpected and thrilling for our customers.”

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