3 Ways to Keep Your Car Clean from Pet Hair

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3 Ways to Keep Your Car Clean from Pet Hair

Dogs love car rides, but there isn’t much to love about the hair they leave behind. Here are three easy ways to minimize the hassle of cleaning up dog hair:

Car Seat Covers
This is our top pick. When selecting a cover, look for one that will secure to your seats easily, is machine washable, and, most important, is the same color as your dog.

Lint Roller
Keeping a lint roller in your car is a great way to save yourself from walking into an important meeting looking like your furry friend. It can also help to quickly remove hair from a passenger’s seat if you are picking someone up.

Fur-Zoff Pet Hair Remover
Yes, it is ugly, and yes, it really works – see pictures below. This is a handy tool that you can find on Amazon for about $13. It functions kind of like a pumice stone and pulls the embedded hair out of your carpeting and seats. You do need to be careful when you use it, as it will scratch plastic and damage fabric if you scrape too hard.

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How to Use Remote Engine Start on the Accord

How to Use Remote Engine Start on the Accord

Imagine being able to start your Honda Accord well before you get in, so the climate control system can make it exceedingly comfortable inside ahead of your arrival. That’s the idea of remote engine start system. This informative video will explain the process for starting and extending the engine run time, how the climate control system and seat heaters are designed to interact with remote start, and what you need to do to get in and drive.

To schedule a test drive of one of our new Hondas, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Top 3 Car Wash Mistakes

 

 

Top 3 Car Washing Mistakes

This video shares some simple solutions to help you avoid the car-washing mistakes that can ruin a vehicle’s paint.

Here’s a quick summary:

1. Sponges used for bathing are designed to rub or scrub away dead skin. If you use these on your car, your paint may be scratched as abrasive grit is pushed against the surface. Instead, use car-wash mitts that are designed to pick up the dirt and carry the debris within the fibers until it is released into a bucket of clean water.

2. Avoid using dish soap to wash your car, because it’s harmful to the paint. Soaps have specific purposes. For instance, you wouldn’t use hand soap to shampoo your hair. Soaps for washing your car are formulated to remove the dirt with as much lubrication as possible in order to leave the paint’s clear coat or wax unharmed.

3. Avoid using the same towel on both the wheels and the paint, since that will quickly damage the clear coat and require a polish or even a compound to remove. Instead, use separate towels or tools for the different parts of the car.

Questions or comments? Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

How to Operate a Manual Transmission

How to Operate a Manual Transmission

Honda offers manual transmissions across an array of models and trims, which is why we produced a video to not only help you learn how to drive a manual-equipped vehicle, but also explain why you’re doing it.

Not only do cars with manual transmissions costs less, but they are great vehicles for a teen drivers – if you need to use your right hand for shifting it’s hard to be talking on your phone. 🙂

For more information on Hondas available with manual transmissions, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Tire Blowouts Are Rarer but More Dangerous

Tire Blowouts Are Rarer but More Dangerous

For many drivers, there’s nothing more frightening or potentially dangerous than a tire blowout – at almost any speed. While the number of tire-related crashes has dropped dramatically since all new vehicles have been required to have automatic tire-pressure monitoring systems, there are still nearly 11,000 collisions and 200 fatalities each year due to blowouts and tire issues.

With all the advances in safety standards and technology, why are tire blowouts still such a significant safety issue? One reason may be that, although blowouts are now a rarer occurrence, when they do happen, drivers are less prepared to handle them and to react properly. When a tire blows out, it can take about a quarter of a second before your ride suddenly turns into a struggle to avoid an auto accident. How you react can make all the difference in how the situation plays out.

How to Handle a Blowout
The first step is to stay calm and in control of your vehicle. Your natural reaction is to slow down quickly and try to get off the road, but that is exactly the wrong thing to do. With a rear-tire failure, turning at high speed will likely result in a spin and a bad crash.

According to the National Safety Council and other safety experts, here are the best practices to remember if you experience a tire blowout:

– Keep a firm grip on the steering wheel.
– Do not slam on the brakes.
– Let your car slow down gradually.
– Pull to the side of the road once you have slowed to a safe speed.
– Activate your emergency flashers.

What to Do After a Blowout
Exit your vehicle only if you are certain you are safely off the road and out of harm’s way. Once you’ve turned on your emergency flashers to alert other drivers, put out reflective cones or triangles if you have them. If it isn’t safe to change the tire where you are, or if you are unsure how to do it, call for roadside assistance.

Also keep in mind that a spare is only recommended for emergencies and should not be driven for long distances or at high speeds. Take the time to read your owner’s manual to learn the location of your spare tire and the necessary tools. Your manual may also provide instructions on how to change a flat tire. It is a good idea to be familiar with these procedures before you get stuck on the side of the road.

How to Prevent a Blowout
The good news is that many tire blowouts are preventable with the proper effort and attention. Most occur from May through October when the road surface is the hottest, and result from an underinflated tire, excessively worn treads, or an overloaded vehicle. A simple, routine inspection of your tires to check for slow leaks, wear and tear, and proper pressure is important. Keeping your load within the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations (found in the same spot as the recommended tire pressure) can help too.

As summer heats up, tire blowouts increase. Some flat tires are the result of plain bad luck, but many flats and blowouts can be avoided with a little knowledge and some minimal routine maintenance.

Check Your Pressure
Most blowouts are caused by too little air pressure, which allows the tire to flex beyond its elastic limits until it overheats to the point at which the rubber loses its bond to the internal fabric and steel cord reinforcement. It is important to check your vehicle’s tire pressure (including the spare) at least once a month, for the following reasons:

– Most tires may naturally lose air over time.
– Tires can lose air suddenly if you drive over a pothole or other object or if you hit the curb when parking.
– With radial tires, it isn’t usually possible to determine underinflation by looking at the tire.

Inspect Your Tires
Examine the tires after any sort of trauma. If you hit a curb or pothole or run over an object in the street, take the time to inspect your tires. If you notice any irregularities, please contact us. Also, make sure your tire valves have valve caps.

Check Your Tread
In general, tires become unsafe and should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 inch. An easy method for checking tread depth is to place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you’re ready for new tires.

Avoid Driving Near Construction Sites and Other Hazardous Roadways
Highway construction projects increase in the summer, and so do opportunities for flats caused by construction debris. Although construction zones are sometimes unavoidable, try to take alternate routes and to bypass roads that are not well maintained. Nails, metal shards, glass, and large potholes can all cause punctures and flats. Whenever possible, avoid driving on the highway shoulder, which can be full of sharp rocks and debris from car accidents.

Don’t Overload Your Car or Truck
Take a look at the sidewall of your tire. There should be a maximum load rating printed near the center. Keep this number in mind while you’re loading your car or truck and never exceed it. Overloaded tires undergo greater heat and friction and are far more likely to fail. If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

If you need new tires, we can help. We have very competitive pricing on tires and even match Costco’s pricing too! Please give us a call at (866) 822-9314 for more information.

Little Girl Shows How to Change Your Oil and It’s Adorable & Informative

Little Girl Shows How to Change Your Oil and It’s Adorable & Informative

If you don’t enjoy changing your oil, maybe it is because you’re not using the cookie method! This cutie has a great career ahead of her as a mechanic.

Enjoy the video and if it reminds you that your vehicle is due for an oil change and you don’t feel like doing it yourself, please call our service department at (866) 822-9314.

 

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.

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

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.