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?

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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!

How to handle a flat tire with your Honda

servicesaturdayAll motorists at some point will probably be faced with the unexpected and highly annoying occurrence of a flat tire. This can happen for a number of different reasons, and it is always best to make sure that you are prepared for it.

There are many great reasons to buy a Honda car from Buckeye Honda in Lancaster Ohio, including the handy tire repair kit that’s included in most models. Take a quick look here at this instructional video so you can see how anybody can make a quick repair and be safely on your way in no time.

Of course when it comes to bigger maintenance jobs, we’re happy to take a look at any issues you have and our service center will send your Honda home feeling like brand new. Driving with this added level of confidence allows you to enjoy all the other qualities in your Honda, from the fun and efficient drive to the smooth handling and innovative tech features.

Now not all vehicles come with a repair kit so here are some tips on taking care of that flat.

Tools

Of course you can’t change a flat tire if you don’t have the proper tools on hand that are needed to get the job done. Be sure that you always carry these items in your trunk. Obviously you will need a spare tire, or at least a donut to hold you over. Then you will need something to secure the vehicle with, like some bricks or wedges of wood. The rest of the items include a jack to raise your vehicle up, a wrench, and a screwdriver.

Changing the Tire

Before you begin, be sure to secure your vehicle with either your bricks or your wedges of wood to block it from rolling. Then you need to raise your vehicle up with your jack. Once your vehicle is in place, remove the wheel cover with your screwdriver. Use your wrench to loosen all of the lug nuts, and then use your hands to actually remove them. Grasp the tire and pull it straight towards you to take it off. Then put your spare tire or donut on and replace the lug nuts. Lower the vehicle back down, tighten everything, and put the wheel cover back on.

Call a Tow Truck

You can always call Buckeye Honda and we can get a tow truck sent to you and have the vehicle brought directly here, where we can have one of our factory trained technicians look at the tire and repair or replace it for you on the spot.  Sometimes it’s just easier and safer to have your car brought in on its own personal chariot.

 

Recalls: Is My Honda Included?

servicesaturdaySo over the last few weeks we have seen a lot of news stories regarding recalls and especially air-bag recalls.  If you are like most everyone else you want to know if your vehicle is part of the campaign and if you need to be getting your vehicle inspected.  You may also just want to know if there are any other recalls open on your vehicle that you have not heard about or received any information concerning.

Here are some common questions regarding recalls that might help you out.

Why are these recalls in place? Are they necessary?

Vehicles affected by recalls often need parts replaced or inspected in insure the utmost safety when driving or riding in your vehicle.  Some recalls address more serious problems than other recalls but at Buckeye Honda we take them all seriously and will do everything we can to get it taken care of for you as quickly as possible.

How do I know if my vehicle is involved?

Honda has a website set up where you can enter your unique VIN into their system and it will inform you if you are included in the recall.  Honda is also required to send this information to you in the mail.  Additionally, you can always contact our Honda Service facility at 740-653-7678 and we can check for you as well as set you an appointment to have any recall repairs addressed.

What do I do if my vehicle is affected by the recall?
Give us a call at 740-653-7678 or schedule an appointment online. We’ll gladly take care of the repairs in a timely fashion. With certain recalls parts are limited and we may need to order your parts and wait until they are allocated to us by Honda.  This can sometimes be frustrating and take a little time but our staff is experienced in handling this and know the best ways to get things done.

How much will these repairs cost?
Nothing. You are not financially responsible for these repairs.

If you have any questions please contact us at 740-653-7678.  Have a great day!

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When your car won’t start what should you do?

servicesaturdaySo let us set the scene… You are already to get to where you need to go and you take a seat in your trusty ride when …. IT WON”T START! What? Not today!  Any day but today, not today!

So what do you do now? First if you are by yourself YELL… yes Yell… no this will not make your car start but it will make you feel a little better and then we can move on to figuring out what to do next.

The next step is to try and start the vehicle once more and listen to the vehicle.  Often times we can figure out what is going on by the noises we hear or don’t hear.

  • Silence: If you turn the key and hear nothing, you might be having an issue with your battery cables. They bring the charge from your battery to the starterstart2 to get things rolling, so if they’re corroded, broken, or loose, you’ve got a problem. You can try checking them to see if they’re in good shape, but you may need to replace them. That’s where our Buckeye Honda and Toyota techs come in!
  • Turning over but not starting: If you turn the key and hear the engine attempting to start but not quite getting there, you might have a problem with your spark plugs or your fuel system. Neither are things you can quickly fix, so you may want to call our Honda or Toyota service center in Lancaster and schedule an appointment to get things working efficiently again!
  • Clicking: If you turn the key and hear a clicking noise and then silence, your battery may be dead! Try turning on your headlights or using your power door locks – if you can’t do either, you definitely have a dead battery. You can get a jump and head to your destination, but make sure you head into our Honda or Toyota service departments to have it checked out. You may need to replace the battery, or something in the charging system may not be functioning properly.  Our Central Ohio Honda and Toyota Technicians can run a quick diagnostic on the battery and charging system quickly we won’t break the bank.

startNow if you have  an older vehicle the weather might be to reason for your vehicle not cooperating.  Cold weather and older faulty fuel injection systems don’t get along real well.  The Rain and old distributor caps usually don’t play well together either.  The good news is the Qualified Honda and Toyota Technicians at Buckeye in Lancaster Ohio are equipped to handle these issues and get you back on the road quickly.

One of the best ways to not get stranded is to have your vehicle maintained regularly, including a battery and charging system check when you are in the dealership.  Again this is quick and free with service and can really save you a lot of time, hassle and headaches.  So the next time you are in at Buckeye ask them to check your battery, you might just save yourself the need to Yell!

Buckeye Honda Service can be reached at 740-653-7678 and Buckeye Toyota Service can be reached at 740-654-3943

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready For The Upcoming Weather

servicesaturdayWinter, in Ohio, is the time to have a warm coat in your closet and a protective coat on your car’s paint finish, wheels, seats and windshield. The dramatic weather changes of the winter season conspire with caustic road salts and grime to truly take their toll on a car.

That’s why we’re going to look at some of the preparations you can make before the onset of winter, steps that will protect your car from the ravages of this nastiest of seasons.

The largest and most sensitive area of any car is the painted surface. During winter it should be washed as often as possible. This will prevent the build-up of contaminants on the paint. Detailing experts advise never to use a household detergent for washing a car. They can strip away the wax and leave your paint dull and unprotected. Using a premium car wash will ensure heavy foam, which will lift dirt off the paint and add protection and gloss enhancement. While most people think of spring clean up, make sure you give your car’s paint a fighting chance before the first winter storm. Apply a thorough coat of a polish and wax that is formulated to protect and preserve the finish and is safe for clear coats.

No part of your car comes in closer contact to that bubbling cauldron of acids and salts than your wheels. By applying a coat or two of polish, you will 15586018632_234f25577d_zprovide the ultimate protection for your wheels. Don’t be shy: reapply it after every couple of washes.

Your interiors need some TLC, too. If you have a leather interior, make sure you keep it flexible by applying a good coat of conditioner, one that is formulated with mink oil and lanolin. This will maintain the natural suppleness of your leather.

Last, but by no means least, visibility is very important during winter. With the window defogger working full time, keeping your windows clean is paramount. If you use an automotive-specific glass cleaner with a non-ammonia formula, your glass will remain streak-free and crystal clear.

Remember, if you keep your car looking its best during the winter months, your spring cleaning will be a breeze.

8656812002_020a7a0ffe_zIf you want to make sure your vehicle is ready for the upcoming Winter weather call us and have your vehicle detailed inside and out.  You deserve to have a great looking car no matter what kind of weather we are having! Go To http://www.buckeyehonda.com/Specials/auto-service for coupons and savings on details and other Buckeye Honda services.  Call today at 740-653-7678