So Your Car is Frozen, What now?

servicesaturdayNo one likes to wake up to a frozen car.  Whether it is frozen locks, door handles, windshield or radiator, a frozen car is an unwelcomed surprise in the morning.  You need to be extra careful when you are defrosting a car, and your dealership can help you with a plan.  What should you do if your vehicle becomes frozen?

snowyFrozen Radiator

If you do not take the proper precautions with your radiator, you will wake up to an ice cube in the morning. A vehicle needs a 50-50 water-antifreeze mixture to prevent the problem.  What should you do if the water is frozen? If you can, push the vehicle into a garage so that the radiator can thaw.  Once the engine, radiator and hoses are thawed, use caution when starting the car.  First, put a 50-50 mix of water and antifreeze. You will need to inspect under the hood and the car for evidence of cracks and leaks.  The frozen water expands and can cause significant damage. If you do not have a garage, try using a hair dryer.

Frozen windshield

NEVER use hot water on your windshield, or your car at all for that matter.  If you pour hot water on your windshield, the glass will crack and leave you with an even bigger problem that you started with.  Turn on your car’s defroster much earlier than usual.  You can also scrape a small area near the defroster vent to encourage the windshieldprocess along. To prevent your windshield wipers from freezing to your windshield, consider wiping rubbing alcohol across the blade the night before.

 Frozen door locks

Again, no hot water.  If you have a lighter handy, heat the key before putting it in the lock.  When you insert the key, apply pressure to unfreeze the lock as the key slides in.  You can also try using a drinking straw.  Insert the straw into the frozen lock and block into the straw.  The goal is to use your warm breath to melt the ice.

 Frozen door

If your doors are frozen shut, try a few tricks. Push on the car door as hard to break the ice around the seal; chip the ice away from the seal and the door handle; use a hair dryer, but remember that electrical appliances and water can be dangerous; or use a commercial de-icing product to help you get in

Is your car ready for winter?  Bring it to Buckeye Honda and leave the preparation to us!

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Common Automotive Maintenance Mistakes

servicesaturdayLike most people, you strive to take great care of your vehicle.  Like most people, you probably do an admirable job! You remember to have your oil changed regularly, and bring your vehicle in for routine maintenance.

But did you know there are a number of common maintenance mistakes that you might be making? Many people who have good intentions make these automotive maintenance mistakes without even knowing that they’re doing it, and they can be harmful to a vehicle.

At Buckeye Honda in Central Ohio, we have put together a list of a few common automotive maintenance mistakes that you should try to avoid to keep your vehicle in great shape!

  • Neglecting your tires. Do you have your tires rotated regularly? Do you inspect them frequently for excessive wear and tear or punctures? These are important things to keep your tires in good shape, saving you money over time.
  • Using the wrong gasoline. Your vehicle probably doesn’t require premium gasoline. Consult your owner’s manual, but you are likely just fine buying the lower octane when you fuel up.
  • Letting your air filter be clogged. Air filters that are clogged with dirt and grime can be harmful to your engine, so be sure you change your air filter when it needs it.
  • Keep your gas cap twisted tight. Have you ever had the Check Engine light come on, only to realize your gas cap is simply loose? A loose gas cap can set off your diagnostic system, so be sure you’re tightening it until it clicks after you gas up!
  • Park in the shade. The sun’s rays can be harmful to your car’s coat of paint, so parking in the shade whenever possible is ideal. However, be sure you aren’t in the line of fire for tree sap and other such detritus. Consider a parking garage if one is available.

Keeping your vehicle in good condition can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be hard! If you keep these common errors in mind as you go about your car care, you’ll be in a great position to keep your vehicle running smoothly and looking like new for years to come!

Need more tips from an expert automotive staff? Just visit Buckeye Honda,  in Lancaster, Ohio and talk things over with one of our qualified and professional service advisers.  They can keep you on the right track and are experienced in all makes and models, not just Honda.

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Save Time: Schedule Service Online!

servicesaturdayWhen you want the best Honda service in Central Ohio, there’s no other choice than Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio! Save time and schedule online, 24/7!

You’ll find that you get the best Honda service near Columbus when you choose Buckeye Honda in Lancaster, and we make it super-easy to schedule your next car maintenance online at your convenience, 24/7! Our service department has convenient hours 6 days a week to serve you; 7 AM to 7 PM Monday-Friday and Saturdays 7 AM to 4 PM! If you are seeking the best Honda service  for things like Honda repairs,  assistance and routine maintenance with no appointment necessary as well as genuine Honda parts and accessories, Buckeye Honda is here for you!

scheduleonlineWe always offer competitive pricing, and you’ll absolutely love the customer service and attention you receive!Along with our everyday, competitive prices, we have current service specials on our most popular services and you can get a FREE car wash.

Please contact us for any questions, concerns or further assistance. Thank you!

What’s in Your Glove Compartment?

thursdayYour vehicle’s glove compartment is a wonderful place to keep items you may need throughout the day. However, in order to ensure you are prepared for even the worst situation, it is important to keep a few essential items in your glove box. Be sure to keep these items in mind the next time you are deciding what to store in your glove compartment.

  • License and registration: It is crucial to have copies of important documents in your glove compartment in case of an emergency. Be sure to keep a copy of your driver’s license, proof of insurance and automotive registration in a plastic bag to keep them together.
  • “ICE” information: It is also recommended to keep your ICE, or in case of emergency, information in your glove box as well. An ICE card should list any medications and allergies you have as well as a contact list should you be involved in an emergency.
  • Firstaid kit: A first-aid kit is a crucial item to store in your glove compartment. Make sure your first-aid kit has items such as a pain reliever, cotton balls, adhesive bandages and tissues. You can also place backup prescription medications in the first-aid kit as well.
  • Tire pressure gauge: As a smaller item, a tire pressure gauge fits perfectly into the glove compartment. It is important to store one in your vehicle in order to prevent getting a flat tire at an inconvenient time.glovebox
  • Flashlight: It is important to keep a flashlight in your glove compartment should you find yourself in a potentially hazardous situation. Most flashlights are available in smaller a size, which allows them to leave more room for other items in your glove compartment.
  • Paper map: Despite the availability of GPS systems and navigation functionalities of smart phones, it is recommended to keep a paper map in your glove compartment. Doing so will help ensure your safety should you find yourself in a situation where your smart phone and/or GPS system is unavailable.

Instead of using your vehicle’s glove compartment as storage for items such as CDs or cosmetics, consider only using it for essential items to ensure you are properly prepared for emergencies.

For more information on how to prepare your vehicle for an emergency situation, contact Buckeye Honda.

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Team Member: Tiffany Brown

tbrownTiffany has been in the car business for about 2 months, making her one of the newest Sales Professionals at Buckeye Honda.  A long time Lancaster resident, Tiffany made a career change from being a nanny to wanting to help others share her enjoyment of new automobiles.  Tiffany says one of her favorite things about car sales is being able to meet new people and share in the exciting experience of shopping and purchasing a new vehicle.

When Tiffany isn’t at Buckeye Honda in Lancaster, OH you can find her spending time with her husband Cory, hanging out with her 3 pooches or letting it rip singing some karaoke! She loves to grab the mic and belt out a number of favorites, if you seetbrown1 a karaoke night at the local night spot you just might catch Tiffany there!   When it comes to music you could find her listening to anything from R&B to Country and maybe something in between.

Tiffany claims to know all of the lines to her favorite movie Step Brothers and we can tell you from experience that she probably does, it’s kind of scary… no really.  It’s probably because she doesn’t really watch television and there was probably a shortage of karaoke nights when the movie came out on DVD so we are guessing she ordered her favorite pizza from Lancaster Original Cristy’s Pizza and just watched the movie over and over again…. OK maybe that’s a stretch but that’s our story and we are sticking to it!

If you are in the market for a new or used vehicle or if you are in for service, stop by and meet Tiffany Brown.  Oh and if you need someone to preform a wedding, she can help you out!  Tiffany is an ordained minister and has officiated a number of weddings, if you ask nice maybe she will sing at the reception!

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