An Easy Trick to Debug Your Vehicle’s Bumper

An Easy Trick to Debug Your Vehicle’s Bumper

Your front bumper, side mirrors and windshield gets hit with a lot of bugs. This secret tip – using a common household item – will make it easy-peasy to remove dried bugs from your vehicle.

Dried-on insect splatter can damage your paint if left on for long periods, so your best option is to clean affected areas as soon as possible. As the video above demonstrates, a very simple way to remove the residue is with a used dryer sheet.

If you have questions, or if your vehicle needs servicing, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

2018 Accord Hybrid More Affordable Than Ever

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2018 Accord Hybrid More Affordable Than Ever

The all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid has arrived as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. Boasting class-leading power, cabin space, and cargo space, the next-generation Accord Hybrid wholly embodies Honda’s unique approach to electrification – infusing fun-to-drive performance, efficiency, premium feature content, and comfort in a sophisticated and affordable package.

To suit a wider variety of hybrid sedan shoppers, the Accord Hybrid lineup now comes in five trim levels: Hybrid, EX (new), EX-L, EX-L Navi (new), and Touring. Better yet, the new Accord Hybrid is more affordable than ever thanks to a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price(1) of $25,100 (excluding $890 destination and handling), reflecting a $4,505 drop compared to the previous model. Despite this lower entry point, the Accord Hybrid still offers a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (low beam) and taillights, dual-zone climate control, Smart entry with Push-button Start, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, a multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which bundles together Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Helping to maximize energy generation are steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. Similar to transmission paddle shifters, the Accord Hybrid’s Deceleration Selectors allow the driver to easily toggle between four levels of regenerative braking performance. The right selector increases regenerative braking and the left selector reduces regenerative braking. The system simultaneously helps reduce stress on the brakes while increasing battery charging via regeneration.

The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain operates by seamlessly shifting between three distinct drive operations: EV Drive (100-percent electric motor), Hybrid Drive (electric motor and gasoline engine [driving the generator motor]) and Engine Drive (gasoline engine), utilizing power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid EPA Fuel Economy Ratings are 47 city / 47 highway / 47 combined(2)

The 2018 Accord Hybrid benefits from a 2.16 inch longer wheelbase and a 32-percent smaller intelligent power unit (IPU) that is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, allowing for the inclusion of a 60/40-split rear seat. As a result, the Accord Hybrid provides the same people- and cargo-hauling space and flexibility as its conventionally-powered counterparts. Add it altogether and the 2018 Accord Hybrid delivers class-leading cargo space (16.7 cubic feet), interior space (122.3 cubic feet), and rear legroom (40.4 inches) all while reducing its overall footprint.

The newest Accord Hybrid joins an expanding line-up of electrified Honda vehicles that includes the Clarity series – Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – and forthcoming 2019 Insight compact hybrid sedan. These models represent the next generation of Honda vehicles as the company advances toward its global initiative to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds by 2030.

The new Accord Hybrid joins the Accord 1.5T and 2.0T in Honda’s all-new, award-winning 10th-generation Accord lineup. The new Accord has been called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver magazine, and in January was named 2018 North American Car of the Year. On the heels of claiming Kelley Blue Book KBB.com’s prestigious Overall Best Buy Award for 2018, the Accord has also earned a KBB.com Best Resale Value Award.

For more information on the all-new 2018 Accord Hybrid, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

(1) MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $890 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

(2) Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Crash Risk Update!

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Crash Risk Update

Drivers who miss even one or two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 35 percent of U.S. drivers sleep less than the recommended seven hours daily. And with drowsy driving involved in more than one in five fatal crashes on U.S. roadways each year, AAA warns drivers that getting less than seven hours of sleep may have deadly consequences.

“You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

The AAA Foundation’s report, “Acute Sleep Deprivation and Risk of Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement,” reveals that drivers missing two to three hours of sleep in a 24-hour period more than quadruple their risk of a crash, compared to drivers getting the recommended seven hours of sleep. This is the same crash risk the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration associates with driving over the legal limit for alcohol.

Furthermore, the report found that in a 24-hour period, crash risk for sleep-deprived drivers increased steadily when compared to drivers who slept the recommended seven hours or more:

– Six to seven hours of sleep: 1.3 times the crash risk
– Five to six hours of sleep: 1.9 times the crash risk
– Four to five hours of sleep: 4.3 times the crash risk
– Less than four hours of sleep: 11.5 times the crash risk

Although 97 percent of drivers told the AAA Foundation that they view drowsy driving as a completely unacceptable behavior and a serious threat to their safety, nearly one in three admitted that at least once in the past month they had driven when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open.

“Managing a healthy work-life balance can be difficult, and far too often we sacrifice our sleep as a result,” said Jake Nelson, director of Traffic Safety Advocacy and Research for AAA. “Failing to maintain a healthy sleep schedule could mean putting yourself or others on the road at risk.”

Symptoms of drowsy driving include having trouble keeping your eyes open, drifting from lanes, and not remembering the last few miles driven. However, more than half of drivers involved in fatigue-related crashes experience no symptoms before falling asleep behind the wheel. AAA urges drivers not to rely on their bodies to provide warning signs of fatigue but instead to prioritize getting plenty of sleep (at least seven hours) in their daily schedules. Below are some important tips for longer trips:

– Travel at times when you’re normally awake.
– Schedule a break every two hours or every 100 miles.
– Avoid heavy foods.
– Travel with an alert passenger and take turns driving.
– Avoid medications that cause drowsiness or other impairment.

The AAA Foundation report is based on the analysis of a representative sample of 7,234 drivers involved in 4,571 crashes. All data is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey, which is composed of a representative sample of police-reported crashes that involved at least one vehicle that was towed from the scene and resulted in emergency medical services being dispatched to the scene.

From all of us at Honda Oakland, we wish you a good night’s sleep and safe driving.

Nitrogen vs Compressed Air: Which is Better for Your Tires?

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Sometimes,  manufacturers fill tires with pure nitrogen instead of just normal air. Here’s why.

Odds are you don’t give a second thought to what kind of air is in your tires. It’s just air, right? Well, as Team O’Neil Rally School instructor Wyatt Knox explains, not all air is made equal. Moreover, stuff like nitrogen could give you the edge when it comes to monitoring tire temperatures on track.

It all comes down to moisture. Regular compressed air contains a bunch of water, so when it’s heated up (during hard driving, for example), it expands rapidly and unpredictably. This could cause your tires to over-expand and work against the rubber’s effectiveness. Depending on where in the world you’re filling the tire, there could also be more or less moisture content, meaning even more unpredictability.

Nitrogen, on the other hand, is a much drier substance, and doesn’t summon as much moisture as regular air when compressed into a tire. Because nitrogen-filled tires don’t have as much moisture, they’re less prone to expansion than those with only compressed air. As Knox points out, unlike normal air, the expansion of nitrogen can be carefully and accurately monitored with temperature, which means more predicability in competitive environments like stage rally or road racing.

Listen for yourself to see why nitrogen is used in tires, and which kind of air is best for your tires.

Brian Silvestro/Road&Track

Extended Service Hours Now Open Sunday!

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Extended Service Hours: Now Open Sunday

We keep looking for ways to provide you with the best service available. That’s why we are excited to announce that our new service hours are Monday through Friday from 7am-7pm, Saturdays from 7am – 6pm and Sundays from 9am – 5:30pm.

We know your schedule is busy and that sometimes there’s not enough time to get everything done. Now you can schedule your vehicle repairs and maintenance whenever it is most convenient for you.

For more information, please call us at (866) 822-9314 or schedule your service online at https://www.hondaoakland.com/service-scheduler.htm

Honda Named Best Overall Brand and Best Value

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Can You Repair That Tire Puncture?

Nail in your tire? It’s important to know whether a puncture can be repaired or if the tire needs to be replaced. This video gives a simple explanation to help you understand when a repair is possible.

Tire punctures can only be repaired in the tread area and should not be more than a quarter inch in diameter.

Note: Quick DIY repairs do exist, but long-term repairs can only be completed by removing the tire from the wheel. A patch must be applied to seal the inner liner and the tire should be inspected for further damage.

Why Cheaper Gas May Cost You More Money

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Why Cheaper Gas May Cost You More Money

I thought regular 89 octane gas was the same from station to station. As it turns out, it isn’t. What’s even worse is the cheaper gas you can get at some gas stations can cause engine issues.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recently conducted a study and found significant differences in the quality of gasoline sold at fuel retailers. They discovered that off-brand gasolines can cause “19 times more engine deposits” than “top tier” brands, which have more detergent in their mix. The problem can occur after just 4,000 miles of simulated driving.

According to the AAA, “Such carbon deposits are known to reduce fuel economy, increase emissions and negatively impact vehicle performance, particularly on newer vehicles.” They also said the top tier brands with more detergent additives are much better for your car and your mileage, too.

The list of top tier gasoline brands that passed AAA’s test includes the nation’s major consumer brands, such as Exxon Mobil, Conoco, BP, Shell, Chevron, Citgo, Phillips 66 and Valero. You can view the full list of top tier brands at: http://www.toptiergas.com/licensedbrands/

An additional AAA study found drivers are six times more likely to choose a gas station based on the price of gasoline, rather than the quality of the fuel. Since top tier gasoline is widely available and only an average of three cents more per gallon, AAA urges drivers to reconsider their priorities when selecting a gas station.

“Fortunately, consumers can reverse some engine deposits simply by switching gasoline brands,” said Greg Brannon, AAA’s director of Automotive Engineering. “After a few thousand miles with top tier gasoline, performance issues like rough idling or hesitation during acceleration can often be resolved.”

The next time you need to refuel, you may want to consider quality over cost of the gas. Pumping gas with a detergent additive may give you better performance and mileage.

Can You Repair That Tire Puncture?

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Can You Repair That Tire Puncture?

Nail in your tire? It’s important to know whether a puncture can be repaired or if the tire needs to be replaced. This video gives a simple explanation to help you understand when a repair is possible.

Tire punctures can only be repaired in the tread area and should not be more than a quarter inch in diameter.

Note: Quick DIY repairs do exist, but long-term repairs can only be completed by removing the tire from the wheel. A patch must be applied to seal the inner liner and the tire should be inspected for further damage.

Backup Cameras Are Now Required On All New Vehicles Sold in the US.

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As of May 1st, back up camers are now law.

Well it’s about time, right?

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle and it doesn’t have a backup camera or the feature costs extra, then it was built before Tuesday, May 1st, 2018. That’s when the safety device became standard on all vehicles made for the American market. The standardization is part of a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation issued in 2014, although Peter Kurdock, deputy general counsel with the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety, said the effort to make backup cameras standard began back when George W. Bush was president. “It literally took us 10 years to get them into the cars,” Kurdock told Car and Driver.

The group, which is composed of property and casualty insurers as well as consumer advocates—known by the shorthand Advocates—joined other safety and consumer groups in suing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2013, alleging that the federal agency had not done enough to standardize the equipment. In 2014, NHTSA mandated the devices be in all new cars as of May 1, 2018.

Advocates and other consumer-safety groups would like to see all cars equipped with other advanced-safety technology, such as automated-emergency braking (AEB) with forward-collision alert, blind-spot warning, and lane-departure warning. Twenty automakers have pledged to make AEB standard by 2022; the technology is prominently featured in many automakers’ lineups already, with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Toyota leading the way.

But Advocates and others would like industry-wide standardization of these safety features to come sooner. Citing Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) figures, the group says rear automated braking reduces reverse-gear collisions by 62 percent, AEB with forward-collision warning cuts front-end wrecks by 50 percent, blind-spot warning reduces lane-changing accidents by 14 percent, and lane-departure warning cuts single-vehicle sideswipes and head-on crashes by 11 percent.

In the meantime, the regulation regarding backup cameras should help consumers save some money on what had previously been optional equipment on many new cars, Advocates said. Kurdock noted that backup cameras sometimes were bundled with parking assist and other sensor-activated features, or the cameras were rolled into pricier luxury packages along with unrelated items such as leather seats. For people whose cars do not have the feature, it’s possible to retrofit aftermarket systems; they range anywhere from about $100 to $200 for a full kit with an LCD screen.

From: Car and Driver