Service Saturday: How To Get Your Honda Radio and Navigation Code

service saturday buckeye hondaOne of the most common phone calls we get in the Service and Parts department at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio is regarding radio and navigation codes.


When power has been lost to the vehicles electronics system, typically because the battery has been disconnected or has died, the radio and navigation system will lock-up.  When you purchased your Honda the dealership salesperson should have supplied you with a card that would have the activation code as well as the device serial number on it.  Many of us would like to think that we know exactly where everything is but reality is we were given this card while going over a mound of paperwork and owners manuals and we were getting A NEW CAR… who can remember all of the code card buckeye honda

You can contact Buckeye Honda and we will do our best to retrieve this information for you.  Or you can use the a site that  Honda has launched recently that can help you as well.

In order to get the code you will need your Honda’s:

Once you have all that information on hand, visit during working hours and input the data in the “Get Codes” tab. The website’s working hours are: Monday through Friday 7am to 12pm (EST), Saturdays 7am to 9:30pm (EST), and Sundays 7am to 11pm (EST).

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Foodie Friday – Let’s Grill Chicken Wings!

foodiefridaylogo2It’s Labor Day Weekend and the start of College Football so what are we going to cook today… hmmmm Chicken Wings!!!

There are as many ways to make chicken wings as there are people that like to eat them.  You can bake wings2them, fry them, smoke them, grill them; with or without sauce, rubs or marinades.  There are a number of different sauces from the insanely hot to the sticky sweet.  I like most of these, yes all of them.  Today we are going to marinade with a paste, grill them up and then use a little of the paste as a glaze at the end… LIGHT THE GRILL!

What you need:

1/2 cup of chili powder

1/4 cup of smoked paprika

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper – you can add more if you like the heat.

5 tablespoons of vegetable oil

1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar

Salt and Pepper

4 pounds of chicken wings. – you will find these in 4 pound bag in the freezer section or you can find wingettes in the fresh section.  I chose fresh because I didn’t have time to thaw them.

What you need to do:

1. Whisk the chili, sugar, cayenne, vinegar, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl to make a thick paste. Put half the paste in a large resealable plastic bag.

2. Put the wings in the thawed wings in the bag, seal the bag and then toss/roll the wings around to get them coated.  You can marinate them at room temp for about 30-45 minutes or put them in the fridge for a couple of hours.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  Make sure the grates are clean and oiled up.  Put the wings on the grill, arranging them evenly.  Try to put the thick skin side on top to start as the fat will render a bit.  Flip them over after about 5 minutes or so and let them cook for another 4-5 minutes.

4. Take the rub that you reserved and glaze the wings and let them finish cooking (about 2 minutes or so)

5. These wings are done  at 165 degrees but the fat and cartilage rendering really takes place at around 180 degrees so you might want to experiment and see which you like better.  It depends on how hungry I am… 🙂

6. Some feel you need to serve wings with blue cheese dressing and celery but for me these are not those wings.

I hope you enjoy your weekend with good friends and great food!



Weekend Wednesday – Labor Day Weekend 2013

Weekend Wednesday at Buckeye HondaWeekend Wednesday is here for Labor Day Weekend from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio.

This week we are featuring a couple of family events as well as some free events! Bring On The Weekend!


Dates: August 31, 2013
Location: Columbus Commons
Hours: Saturday 1-6 p.m.
Address:160 S. High St.Columbus, 43215

Columbus Commons will celebrate the 2013 event season with a jam-packed day of family entertainment that will bring thousands of people to the heart of Downtown. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, a public art wall, family entertainment, and much more! Stick around after the event for a free kid-friendly performance by The Shazzbots on the Pavilion, followed by a free movie, Back to the Future, sponsored by MORPC, starting at 8pm. The evening will close with a dazzling fireworks display, sponsored by Pepsi. Blankets and chairs are welcome; please leave coolers at home.


Hours: Thursday 7-10 p.m.
Address:160 S. High St.Columbus, 43215


Unwind after work, enjoy a frosty beverage and dig into the local music scene at the world-class Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion at Columbus Commons. Thursday nights at the Commons provide a perfect kick-off to the weekend. Concerts are free, and begin at 7pm and end by 11pm.

This week – The Kate Hastings Band and Reaganomics

Blankets and chairs are welcome; please leave coolers at home. Beverage and food-truck concessions are available on site.


Dates: August 30, 2013
Location: Columbus Commons
Hours: Friday 5:30-10:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Address:160 S. High St.Columbus, 43215

Columbus Commons welcomes the kick-off of the FreeForAll Concert Series with a free concert featuring multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists Blues Traveler at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion. The concert will open with three bands: rock-and-roll legend Rick Derringer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Family Stone, and local band Erica Blinn and the Handsome Machine. Tickets are required and A very limited number of tickets remain and will be available at Columbus Commons compliments of Mikey’s Late Night Slice. Tickets will be distributed while they last during the Food Truck Food Court (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) and the Downtown Live! Concert Series (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm).

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 The Ville

3060 Columbus Lancaster Rd NW, Lancaster, OH 43130

Venue Phone: 740-681-1785

Thursday, Aug. 296:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing: Free.


The Columbus Crew take on Seattle Sounders FC in Crew Stadium.  Earlier this week the local Supports Groups were told that they would not be taking the lead on the upcoming USA VS Mexico Game and instead this job will be coordinated by the Seattle Group.  This has sparked harsh words and we fully intend to see The Supports Groups bring out the big guns in what might be an epic battle of fandom.  Join us as we show USSOCCER that we know how to bring intimidation to opposing teams and cheer on your Columbus Crew.

Dates: August 31, 2013
Location: Crew Stadium
Hours: Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $23-$48 ($17-$20 with Family Pack)
Address:One Black and Gold Blvd.Columbus, 43211

Bring your family and join the Black & Gold family! Family 4 Packs include four (4) tickets to the Crew match, plus a family photo on the Crew pitch pre-match!  Minimum is 4 tickets but you can purchase more than 4 at the same price.

Get your Family 4 Pack today!


Technology Tuesday – Honda A.C.E. Body Structure

Technology Tuesday at Buckeye HondaLeadership in Collision Compatibility

When it comes to choosing a new vehicle, America is split virtually down the middle—between passenger cars and light trucks.

This freedom of choice enables almost everyone to find a vehicle that meets their needs. However, statistics show that many of the fatalities in collisions involve a significant mismatch in the height orace weight of the two vehicles.

So, Honda engineers took the initiative to create a unique, next-generation body design, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which helps minimize the effects of a mismatch.

The  Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure is a Honda-exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash-energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash.

ace2With ACE your vehicle will match up better with other vehicles in the event of a frontal impact reducing the likelihood of severe body injury to you or your passengers.

Come in to Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio to see first-hand what ACE Body Structure is all about.  We can point out to you the different areas of the vehicle that make up the ACE system and show you why no matter if you go with a Van, SUV or passenger vehicle, Honda is the safe bet.

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Team Member Monday: Bob Ankrom

DSC_4743Welcome to Team Member Monday at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio!  Today we are talking about Bob Ankrom!

Bob Ankrom has been a Sales Professional at Buckeye Honda for a number of years and is one of the most straightforward and no nonsense people you will ever meet.  Bob believes that this style of selling cars is the way most of us want to buy everything, not just vehicles.  “Just be honest with people and give them the information that they want.”  Bob’s professional and straightforward way of doing things comes from his previous job experiences, Bob has led a pretty interesting life filled will suspense, intrigue and famous people.  Do to copyright and national security we can’t divulge all of the information on here but when you get a chance ask him, he might shed some light into his DSC_4738high profile past… hint… Catherine Zeta Jones… that’s all we are saying and you didn’t hear it from us!!

When Bob is not at Buckeye Honda you will most likely find him with his lovely wife or one of his three adult children.  There isn’t anything Bob wouldn’t do for his family and you can tell this about him after talking to him for only a few minutes.  You can also find Bob cheering for his Green Bay Packers or Cincinnati Reds.  This time of year he is figuring out his fantasy football team and figuring out how to position himself for another fantastic season.   Bob also enjoys DSC_4746golfing with friends and traveling to relaxing destinations with family.  As you can tell his family is what means the most to Bob and that actually extends to many of us here at the dealership.  Some of the other associates kids like to come to the dealership to see Bob as much as they like to see Mom or Dad and we think that just speaks to the high quality nature that is Bob Ankrom.

When you find yourself in need of a new vehicle or maybe you are just in for some service, stop by and say “Hello” to Bob Ankrom, one of Buckeye Honda’s finest.

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Service Saturday: How to retrieve the serial number of your Honda’s radio and navigation system

servicesaturdayThere might be a time in the future when you will need to find the serial number for your audio or navigation device.  Here is a quick reference guide on how to make that happen!

The serial number for your Honda’s radio or navigation device is listed on the anti-theft ID card that comes with the vehicle. radio code

If you cannot find the anti-theft ID, you can follow these next steps to get the radio’s serial number:

  1. Turn the ignition switch to ON.
  2. Turn ON the device and confirm that the display reads CODE. If you do not see this message, pull the backup fuse for 1 minute, and then go back to step 1.
  3. Turn OFF the device.
  4. Press and hold the 1 and 6 radio preset buttons, and turn ON the device.
  5. The display toggles between two screens: U with the first 4 digits of the serial number (U2200 for example,)
  6. And L with the last 4 digits of the serial number (L0055 for example.)
  7. Ignore the U and L and record all 8 digits


To get the navigation system’s serial number if you can’t locate the anti-theft ID card, you can look for it on the control unit (it cannot be obtained electronically). This is where the removable DVD is stored. For information on where to locate your navigation system control unit, refer to the Navigation System manual supplied with your vehicle (“Changing the DVD”) or consult with Buckeye Honda. If the label is not viewable once the control unit is located, contact  Buckeye Honda for assistance.

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Foodie Friday – Grilled Fresh Ravioli!

foodiefridaylogo2Yeah!!! It’s Friday and that means Foodie Friday time at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio!

If you checked out our Team Member Monday post featuring Kenny Green you know Kenny like Lasagna and he challenged me to make some lasagna on the grill.  I accepted the challenge but I haven’t perfected exactly how I am going to do it yet.  Since I have been cranky my brain with Italian fare I came up with an idea to grill ravioli.  Don’t fret the lasagna is going to happen and it will be spectacular when it does.

Bring On The Ravioli!  This can serve as a great meal or a wonderful appetizer. 

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So here is what you need!

Fresh Ravioli – You can buy this in the refrigerated section at your grocery store or you can make your own.  In a full kitchen we would make our own, at the dealership I bought it at the store.

Olive Oil

Dipping Sauce – I prefer to use a marinara and an alfredo.  You could also use a vodka sauce or a bechamel or just plain spaghetti sauce.  Choose what you like, because that is what is important.  When I worked at an Italian restaurant we served ravioli with both sauces, red on the bottom and cream sauce on top… and it was good!  A creamy marsala sauce would be good as well.  You can make your own sauce or buy it in the store.

Parmesan Cheese (grated) – optional

What to do:

Dump all of your ravioli in a bowl and drizzle olive oil onto the pasta.  Add some fresh cracked pepper and a little salt.   Take your hand and fold it over until the pasta is mostly covered.

Now heat your grill to medium low to medium.

Put your ravioli onto the clean grill grates and let them cook for 3-5 minutes.  They will bubble and blister a bit like grilling flat bread.

Turn them over and continue to grill them.  If your grill marks are too dark then turn your grill down and maybe leave the lid up the entire time.  Some of them will be darker than the rest and this is O.K..

Sprinkle with some grated parmesan.

Top with your favorite sauce or serve the sauce on the side for dipping.  If you layer a little marinara on top of the alfredo the taste is fantastic.

The ravioli will have a little smoky flavor to it and this goes well with the sauce.  Pair it with your favorite beverage and relax – you just made dinner!