Why You Shouldn’t Start From a Stop in Second Gear.

Even if your car has the torque to accelerate from a stop in 2nd gear, doing so isn’t great for your clutch.

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For one reason or another, there are times were you think it might be beneficial to start off from a stop in second gear rather than first in your manual transmission car. In most cases, though, doing that will cause more wear on your clutch. Why? Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained is here to, well, explain.

It all comes down to how much you have to slip the clutch to keep the engine from stalling. In first gear, you have to slip the clutch up to a certain speed (5 mph, for example) to get it fully engaged, while in second, you might have to slip the clutch for a longer time up to a higher speed (10 mph, lets say) to get it fully engaged. The only scenario where starting in second doesn’t incur more clutch wear is if you’re starting on a downhill, or you’re already rolling forward when you begin engaging the clutch.

Starting in second isn’t nearly as bad for an automatic transmission, which uses a fluid drive to transmit power to the transmission rather than a clutch plate. In fact, many new automatic cars often start out in second gear as a default unless you put them in a sport mode or mash the throttle from a stop. This is done for smoother acceleration and better fuel economy.

But those are very simple explanations. Let Fenske show you the ins and outs of why starting in second gear probably isn’t a good idea.

Sources:

Road & Track
Engineering Explained (Youtube)

This adorable Honda Small RS Concept is a tiny Type R

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Looks like the playful spirit of the Civic Type R has been contagious at Honda, with the automaker revealing a new, Small RS Concept hot hatch that packs pint-sized performance. Making its debut at the Indonesia International Motor Show 2018 today, the new concept car was designed by the automaker’s Asia Pacific R&D team, bringing some of the well-esteemed Civic Type R’s features down to a smaller platform. “Honda Small RS Concept is the implementation of our endless innovation, emphasizing Honda sporty spirit, especially in small car line ups,” Takehiro Watanabe, president director of Honda Prospect Motor, said of the vehicle. “As a concept car, this is our vision of what a small sporty car should be.”

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The unusual upright trapezoid tailpipes at the back are a pleasing diversion from what you’ll find at the back of most performance hatchbacks, though the wheels look similar to designs we’ve seen on the automaker’s other models. Plenty of RS badging round things out, for a car that manages to look both aggressively punchy and cute at the same time.

While you might question why Honda needs a car like this, there are some good reasons. The Civic Si and Civic Type R are great, but they’ve also been getting progressively larger over the years – just like most other cars, as automakers react to consumer demands for increased space and more aggressive safety requirements. As a result, today’s hot-hatches are significantly larger than their predecessors, even if the nameplate is the same.

Unfortunately there’s no word on whether Honda will actually produce a car quite like the Small RS Concept. The overall design is a preview of the upcoming Honda Brio, one of the company’s city cars sold in markets like India, Thailand, and South Africa. Sadly that currently offers at most 99 horsepower.

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source: slashgear.com

 

2018 Accord and Odyssey Named Best New Cars

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2018 Accord and Odyssey Named Best New Cars

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord 1.5T and Odyssey have won Good Housekeeping’s 2018 “Best New Car Awards,” topping the sedan and minivan categories, respectively. The winners will appear in the February issue of Good Housekeeping.

To determine winners of its Best New Car Awards, Good Housekeeping Institute works in partnership with experts at Car & Driver magazine to assess hundreds of new vehicles focusing on the things drivers care about most, including value, safety performance, reliability, NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), handling, interior design, comfort and technology.

The 5th-generation Odyssey was completely redesigned for the 2018 model year to even better meet the needs of changing American families by raising the bar for performance, cabin quietness, family-friendly interior space, comfort and connectivity. The reimagined 2018 Accord is the 10th-generation of Honda’s iconic midsized sedan that boasts more aggressive and premium styling with increased focus on stance and proportion, a spacious interior, torque-laden turbo engines in both 1.5- and 2.0-liter capacities, agile drive dynamics and rich feature content.

For more in formation on the reimagined 2018 Accord or the completely redesigned 2018 Odyssey, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Recognizing the Signs of Engine Damage

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Recognizing the Signs of Engine Damage

It’s not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be overlooked and seen as “normal.” While not all sounds and smells may threaten the life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away.

“Early diagnosis of engine damage can most likely be treated, but it is important to be aware of potentially damaging symptoms and have the vehicle inspected if something doesn’t seem right,” said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. “By acting quickly and making necessary repairs as soon as possible, you could be saving yourself from the cost and hassle of breaking down along the road.”

One of the signs of engine trouble is an illuminated check engine light. This light indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Ignoring the check engine light can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.

Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make on a daily basis. However, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem, including a high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping. Sounds under the hood, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention.

Although all cars burn fossil fuels that create undesired emissions, these odors should remain outside of the car. Unusual smells that could signal engine damage include burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, the sweet smell of syrup, burning carpet and rotten eggs. When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it.

Another symptom of engine damage is excessive amounts of smoke or steam. Although some smoke is normal, excessive amounts of dark smoke, in particular, indicates that oil is leaking into the combustion chamber and is being burned along with the gasoline.

If you have questions about your vehicle or need to schedule a service appointment, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

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When Should You Rotate Your Tires?

Being a front tire can be hard work. A front tire typically has to deal with more weight including the car’s engine, is responsible for all of the steering duties, and when you hit the brakes – the front tires get all of the vehicle’s weight shifting forward. All of these factors can lead to uneven tire wear between the front and back tires.

By rotating your tires to different positions on your vehicle, you help avoid uneven tire wear. This helps you extend the life of your tires, maintain a smooth ride and get better gas mileage.

So how often do they need to be rotated? Schedules range from every 3,000 to 7,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will have specific directions for your vehicle but typically rotating your tires every other time you change your oil should keep them wearing evenly.

Which direction should you rotate the tires? Side to side? Front to back? Do the hokey pokey and turn your tires around? Again, your owner’s manual will have a recommended pattern for your vehicle.

If you have a full-size spare tire (not a small “donut” spare), you should include the spare in the rotation so all five tires wear evenly. Follow the normal rotation pattern, but put the spare at the right rear corner. Whichever tire would have gone to the right rear goes in the trunk and becomes the new spare.

If you have questions about your vehicle’s tires, please call our service department at (866) 822-9314.

*Honda Wins Four 2018 Best Cars for the Money

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* Honda Wins Four 2018 Best Cars for the Money

Honda won four U.S. News & World Report 2018 “Best Cars for the Money” Awards, the most of any automaker, including a fourth consecutive award for the Honda Fit and a third straight year for the Honda HR-V.

Honda vehicles took home top honors in the following categories:

Best Subcompact Car for the Money: 2018 Honda Fit

Best Subcompact SUV for the Money: 2018 Honda HR-V

Best Compact SUV for the Money: 2018 Honda CR-V

Best Minivan for the Money: 2018 Honda Odyssey

For the awards, which are a measure of the best combination of quality and value, U.S. News & World Report uses data from their own vehicle rankings plus other credible sources to assess quality plus pricing information.

For more information on any of our award winners or to schedule a personal driving experience, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

 *https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/best-cars-for-the-money

 

Honda Oakland Wins Enviromental Award

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Honda of Oakland Earns Honda Environmental Leadership Award for Reducing Its Environmental Impact 

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Oakland, CA March 2018 – Honda of Oakland has earned the Honda Environmental Leadership Award and has been recognized by American Honda Motor Co. Inc., as a leader in the company’s effort to reduce the environmental impact of Honda dealerships in communities around the nation.

Honda of Oakland earned the award for achieving specific environmental targets based on a rigorous points system that includes reducing total energy use at the dealership by at least 10 percent.

“We’re extremely proud to be part of Honda’s global effort to help preserve and protect the environment,” said Todd King, General Manager. “Our customers already benefit from owning a fuel-efficient Honda vehicle, but now they have the extra piece of mind, knowing that they’re doing business with a local Honda dealer that is committed to reducing its environmental impact in the community.”

Honda Oakland has taken numerous steps to reduce its environmental impact and to earn the Honda Environmental Leadership Award.

Honda introduced its new voluntary “green dealer” program to its U.S. dealers in the fall of 2011. The company uses a third party evaluator to conduct environmental audits of participating dealers and recommend strategies for reducing their energy use.

Over the past three decades, Honda has been working to reduce the environmental impact of its products, manufacturing and logistics operations, and facilities in North America. These initiatives are reported annually in the company’s North American Environmental Report.  Expanding its environmental initiatives to its dealer body is the logical next step in the company’s effort to reduce waste, energy use and CO2 emissions across the full spectrum of its operations and throughout the lifecycle of Honda products, including at the point of sale.

 

About Honda of Oakland

Honda of Oakland is a full service Honda dealership, providing its customers in the San Francisco Bay Area with high-quality sales and service support since 1985. Honda of Oakland was also recently awarded President’s Award from American Honda Motors

 

Honda Environmental Leadership

Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. Honda is targeting a 50 percent reduction in its total company CO2 emissions on a global basis by 2050, compared to 2000 levels.  The company also is striving to realize significant growth in sales of electrified vehicle which includes the introduction of the Honda Clarity series of vehicles, beginning with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle, launched in late 2016, followed by a new Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017.

 

Honda also is endeavoring to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycles, including the reduction of energy use and emissions from our production, distribution and sales. This includes the Environmental Leadership Award “green dealer” program, through which more than 100 U.S. Honda and Acura dealers have reduced annual CO2 emissions by more than 12,500 metric tons.

 

Media Contact Information:

Cole Weeks hco@pscauto.com

Marcos Frommer (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.): 310-781-4223