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 Oakland Wins Enviromental Award

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

10% reduction in energy use, conservation of water, and recycling
at core of “green dealer” effort
 

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

4 Issues That Cause Your Car to Shake

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4 Issues That Cause Your Car to Shake

Having your car shake, rattle, and roll while you’re driving can be both annoying and potentially unsafe. These questions may help to pinpoint the cause:

Does the vibration get more intense when you drive faster?

If so, the cause of the problem may be a bent axle. If you’ve recently had an accident, it’s possible that your axle is damaged. Another possibility is that the driveshaft-the spinning part between the engine and the gears that turn the vehicle’s wheels-is bent.

Does the vibration get worse when you hit the brakes? Feel a Pulsation in the Pedal?

You could have a problem with a warped brake rotor, the part that spins in relation to vehicle speed and is gripped by the brake pads to slow the car to a stop. Instead of being uniformly flat all the way across, a warped rotor is raised or depressed on part of its surface. The calipers and brake pads, which squeeze the brake rotors, can’t get an even grip on a warped rotor, resulting in vibration when you brake.

Do you feel the vibration mainly through your steering wheel?

Your first guess might be an alignment problem, but often the cause has more to do with wobbly wheels. If a wheel is not screwed on properly, or there’s a problem with the wheel bearings, tie-rod ends, or ball joints, you can end up with a vibration problem. Another source of wobble is a wheel that deviates from a perfectly circular rotation when it is spun.

OK, but what’s the most common cause of vehicle vibration?

Your tires.

If your car vibrates at various speeds, you may need a tire balance. If you notice uneven tire wear, then you may need a tire rotation. If your tires aren’t perfectly round and they’re rolling unevenly, then it may be time to have them replaced.

If your vehicle is vibrating, your best bet is to let us take a look so we can diagnose the exact problem. And, as with all car maintenance, the sooner you fix the problem, the better your chances for avoiding a bigger, more expensive one down the road.

To schedule an appointment with one of our certified technicians, please give us a call at (866) 822-9314.

Happy Honda Days Sales Event

Happy Honda Days Sales Event

Wherever your travels take you this season, get on the holiday road in a Honda. At Honda Oakland we have put together some extra special savings options for you to make our 2017 year-end, the best ever.

I think you’ll be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to get a newer model Honda with all of the new safety and infotainment features. Please give us a call today so we can update you on our latest incentives and let you know what your trade is worth. You can reach us at (866) 822-9314.

How to Use the Driver Attention Monitor on the 2018 Accord

How to Use the Driver Attention Monitor on the 2018 Accord

The new 2018 Accord has a feature that can alert the driver when it senses steering input that’s consistent with drowsiness or fatigue. Watch this video to learn what each alert level means, as well as how to customize the system’s operation.

The all-new from the ground up 10th-generation 2018 Honda Accord was recently recognized as the 2018 Best Car to Buy by Car Connection. This generation Accord is the most stylish, sporty and premium model in its 41-year history. The Car Connection team of automotive expert editors selects Best Car to Buy winners by considering styling, performance, comfort and quality, safety, features and fuel economy on a ten-point scale.

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

Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050, industry says

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2018 Clarity Fuel Cell in Honda of Oakland’s Showroom

BONN, Germany — Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday.

To encourage industries to use hydrogen, Toyota and Air Liquide helped set up the Hydrogen Council, a global lobby launched in January this year.

Its 27 members include automakers Audi, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai, and energy firms such as Shell and Total.

The council said using hydrogen for transport, energy generation, energy storage, industry, heat and power could cut annual carbon emissions by 6 billion tonnes by 2050.

“This would … contribute roughly 20 percent of the additional abatement required to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius,” the council said in a report released on the sidelines of a U.N. climate conference in Bonn.

To achieve a two-degree limit this century agreed by governments in Paris in 2015, the world must reduce energy-related carbon emissions by 60 percent by 2050.

The report said one in 12 cars sold in California, Germany and Japan were expected to be powered by hydrogen by 2030.

By 2050, hydrogen could power 400 million cars, 15 million to 20 million trucks, around 5 million buses, a quarter of passenger ships and a fifth of non-electrified train tracks, as well as some airplanes and freight ships.

Achieving this shift in transport and other sectors would require investment of $280 billion by 2030, with about $110 billion to fund hydrogen output, $80 billion for storage, transport and distribution, and $70 billion to develop products.

Fuel cell vehicles combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity to power an electric motor, producing water as a byproduct. However, making hydrogen from fossil fuels, a common route, also produces some greenhouse gas emissions.

So far the take-up of hydrogen vehicles is tiny and industry experts say their wider use is years away, with high purchase prices and a lack of refueling stations the major barriers.

But some firms, such as miner Anglo American and carmaker Toyota, are pushing for fuel cell cars to play a role even with the rise of battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs).

Woong-chul Yang, vice chairman of automotive research and development at Hyundai said EVs and hydrogen fuel cell cars were needed because EVs were better for city driving and fuel cell vehicles better for longer journeys.

Some countries have set targets for hydrogen use, such as China, which aims to have 1 million hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2030. Britain has a 23 million pound ($30 million) fund to accelerate the take-up of hydrogen vehicles.

Some Chinese firms are interested in joining the Hydrogen Council, Pierre Etienne Franc, vice president of the hydrogen initiative at Air Liquide, told Reuters. “Most probably we will have a Chinese member in the next six months,” he said.

The council believes that, with the right policies, the investment needed was “feasible” and the hydrogen market could see revenues of more than $2.5 trillion a year.

Original credit: autoblog http://www.autoblog.com

 

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