Team Member Monday: Meet Andrew Mettle!

15585170395_a2ea058cf9_zAndrew Mettle has been a Business Manager for the Buckeye family for just over 2 years now. He grew up in the Lancaster area attending Bloom-Carroll H.S. a LONG TIME ago. Andrew is Also a Franklin University Alum with his Bachelors degree in Business.

Andrew is married to his wonderful wife Aimee and I has two beautiful children, Keira and Hudson.  He doesn’t have a lot of free time, but when he gets a chance he loves playing basketball and golf.  You won’t believe his extensive music knowledge especially when it comes to 90s hip-hop…. if it was on a cassette tape, Andrew probably knows it or even owns it.

Andrew is a HUGE Michigan Wolverine fan in all sports and well we try to hide that as much as possible around here! When asked about Buckeye Honda he said. “We have a great team here at Buckeye Honda and I enjoy working with all of them!”

When you get a chance stop by and say Hello to Andrew, he’s a pretty good guy even for a Michigan Fan!

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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

Honda Brand Fluids: Are They Necessary?

servicesaturdayPut the Right Fluids in Your Honda for Maximum Reliability!

Honda Genuine Oils and Fluids is where pure performance begins.

Your Honda is built for performance and solid dependability. An integral part of keeping it that way is using new Honda Genuine Vital Fluids at factory recommended intervals.

Over time, fluids lose essential protective properties, and waiting too long between changes can lead to mechanical damage and costly repairs. Honda Genuine Motor Oil, Antifreeze/Coolant, Brake Fluid, Automatic Transmission Fluid and Power Steering Fluid are specially formulated to protect your Honda’s mechanical components from harmful deposits, rust, corrosion and oxidation. Please check the maintenance schedules in your owner’s manual for recommended fluid change intervals.

Honda Genuine Automatic Transmission Fluid

Most people don’t stop to think about the fluid in their automatic transmission. The truth is that fluid in their automatic transmission has a direct impact on how well their transmission shifts, how smoothly it performs, and how long the transmission lasts. Transmission fluid also has a direct impact on your Honda’s fuel economy. Honda Genuine Automatic Transmission Fluid has been thoroughly laboratory-tested, and is specifically formulated to meet the needs of Honda vehicles. It uses the finest ingredients that deliver the ideal friction properties for efficient shifting, economical transfer of power, and a smooth ride with exceptional performance.

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All-Weather Protection. All Honda Performance.

When you’re driving in extreme temperatures, the last thing you need is engine failure. Whether in extreme heat or cold, Honda Genuine Longlife Blue Antifreeze/Coolant provides long-term corrosion protection to all metal and non-metal parts of your Honda’s cooling system and protects against boil over and freezing. Honda Genuine Longlife Blue Antifreeze/Coolant is the only coolant designed specifically for Honda vehicles. Its pre-mixed formulation is so advanced, no coolant service is required for up to 10 years or 120,000 miles. Use Honda Genuine Longlife Blue Antifreeze/Coolant for optimum long-term engine performance.

genuinehondaHonda Genuine Brake Fluid

Performs well under pressure.

You put your foot on the brake pedal and the vehicle slows. Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? The fact is, your Honda’s braking system experiences significant stress, especially in stop-and-go traffic. Over time, the brake fluid it uses can become contaminated, or simply lose its effectiveness. That’s why Honda recommends replacing brake fluid every three years with Honda Genuine Brake Fluid. Specially formulated to work with Honda braking systems, Honda Genuine Brake Fluid contains moisture inhibitors that help maintain correct lubricity and fluidity in virtually any driving conditions. What’s more, its blend of top-quality ingredients is designed to maintain effectiveness for the full three-year period between recommended changes.

Honda Genuine Power Steering Fluid

Steering sounding wrong? Try the Right Steering Fluid.

Maybe it’s hard to believe that using the wrong power steering fluid is a mistake you can hear. But it’s true. An inferior power steering fluid can allow friction, and friction makes noise. With a higher viscosity than most other power steering fluids, an exclusive blend of friction modifiers and a special base oil (after all, quality starts with the basic ingredient), Honda Genuine Power Steering Fluid is formulated to counter friction effectively, and is 100% compatible with all Honda power steering system components. Help your Honda last longer and run quieter. Always insist on Honda Genuine Power Steering Fluid.

Buckeye Honda is here to take care of you and your vehicle with Genuine Honda Parts.  Call us today to set up an appointment at 740-653-7678 or reach us on our website at http://www.buckeyehonda.com.  Buckeye Honda celebrating 30 years as your Honda dealer of choice!

 

Jan Is Back In The Drive!

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BUckeye Honda ServiceToday on Team Member Monday we are talking about one of our absolute favorite Buckeye Honda Associates, Jan Hawthorn.  To know Jan is to love her, she is truly one of the “Good Guys (Gals)”.

So before we get started you might be asking yourself… didn’t I just talk to Jan on the phone when I was setting my last service appointment?  Didn’t I see her when I was there a month or two ago?  So did she leave and come back or am I confused? …. Well you are not confused, Jan didn’t leave Buckeye Honda just changed roles for a little while.  You see Jan is the consummate professional and always a team player so when we needed someone to fill in on the service drive Jan was there to take care of business.

Some of you might remember that Jan was originally one of our service advisers, checking in clients, listening to concerns and helping10734717086_8303b870ba_m make sure your vehicle was well taken care of.  She was so great at what she did that when we needed someone with loads of knowledge and a super friendly voice to help people over the phone, Jan was the perfect choice.

Jan, one of the nicest people you will ever meet, resides in Thornville with her daughter Lindsay, husband Jeff and their two Corgi’s – George and Riley!  In her free time Jan enjoys relaxing, spending time with her family and friends and reading.  One of Jan’s favorite books is Customers for Life… and she brings this philosophy with her to work everyday.  Jan will do her best to give you top-notch service and attention with a warm and welcoming attitude personality… CAUTION… You might just want to be one of her “Customers For Life”!

8656810596_219df647de_mOne of Jan’s other enjoyments is traveling and her favorite “out of this world” destination was Belize.  Jan is a Breast Cancer Survivor since 2009 and when going through her treatment, she found a picture that she would imagine being at when things were tough…. this place was Belize.  Through some extraordinary events, Jan got the opportunity to visit her “special spot” and has been in love with it ever since.

Jan would love to have you bring your vehicle into Buckeye Honda and promises to give you the genuine customer service that Buckeye Honda and Jan Hawthorn are known for.   The service department is open Monday through Saturday with extended hours (7pm) Monday – Friday to serve you better.  You can make a service appointment using the online service tool or call toll-free at 1-866-822-7485.

TPMS Light! What is it?

servicesaturdayWelcome to Service on Saturday from Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota!  We are talking tire pressure monitoring system or TPMS today!

So Why Do We Have TPMS?

Due to the significant influence tire pressure has on vehicle safety and efficiency, TPMS was first adopted by the European market as an optional feature for luxury passenger vehicles in the 1980s. The first passenger vehicle to adopt tire-pressure monitoring (TPM) was the Porsche 959 in 1986, using a hollow spoke wheel system developed by PSK.

In the United States, the Firestone recall in the late 1990s (which was linked to more than 100 deaths from rollovers following tire tread-separation), pushed the Clinton administration to legislate the TREAD Act. The Act mandated the use of a suitable TPMS technology in all light motor vehicles (under 10,000 pounds), to help alert drivers of severe under-inflation events. This act affects all light motor vehicles sold after September 1, 2007. Phase-in started in October 2005 at 20%, and reached 100% for models produced after September 2007. In the United States, as of 2008 and the European Union, as of November 1, 2012, all new passenger car models (M1) released must be equipped with a TPMS. From November 1, 2014, all new passenger cars sold in the European Union must be equipped with TPMS. For N1 vehicles, TPMS are not mandatory, but if a TPMS is fitted, it must comply with the regulation.

So what does the TPMS do?tpms

The TPMS system uses a sensor that’s mounted in the wheel and measures air pressure in each tire. When air pressure drops 25% below the manufacturer’s recommended level, the sensor transmits that information to your car’s computer system and triggers your dashboard indicator light.

What does it mean if the TPMS warning lamp illuminates?
When the TPMS warning lamp on the instrument panel illuminates while driving, it means that the system has detected at least one tire with a pressure below the accepted minimum psi for the vehicle. The tires should be inspected and the tire pressure checked as soon as possible. The lamp will extinguish after the tires are properly inflated.

What does it mean if the warning lamp goes on and off?
On cold mornings, the warning lamp may illuminate for a short period of time and then extinguish. This type of warning lamp response is likely caused by marginally low tire pressure that dips below the warning threshold over night but rises to an acceptable level as the tires heat up through vehicle operation or an increase in ambient temperature. The tires should be inspected and the tire pressure should be checked. The lamp should not illuminate when the tires are properly inflated.

tpms1The significant advantages of TPMS are summarized as follows:

Fuel savings: According to the GITI, for every 10% of under-inflation on each tire on a vehicle, a 1% reduction in fuel economy will occur. In the United States alone, the Department of Transportation estimates that under inflated tires waste 2 billion US gallons (7,600,000 m3) of fuel each year.

Extended tire life: Under inflated tires are the #1 cause of tire failure and contribute to tire disintegration, heat buildup, ply separation and sidewall/casing breakdowns. Further, a difference of 10 lbs. in pressure on a set of duals literally drags the lower pressured tire 13 feet per mile. Moreover, running a tire even briefly on inadequate pressure breaks down the casing and prevents the ability to retread. It is important to note that not all sudden tire failures are caused by under-inflation. Structural damages caused, for example, by hitting sharp curbs or potholes, can also lead to sudden tire failures, even a certain time after the damaging incident. These cannot be proactively detected by any TPMS.

Decreased downtime and maintenance: Under-inflated tires lead to costly hours of downtime and maintenance.

Improved safety: Under-inflated tires lead to tread separation and tire failure, resulting in 40,000 accidents, 33,000 injuries and over 650 deaths per year. Further, tires properly inflated add greater stability, handling and braking efficiencies and provide greater safety for the driver, the vehicle, the loads and others on the road.

Environmental efficiency: Under-inflated tires, as estimated by the Department of Transportation, release over 57.5 billion pounds of tireunnecessary carbon-monoxide pollutants into the atmosphere each year in the United States alone.

At Buckeye Honda we will thoroughly inspect your tires for you each time you are in our shop for maintenance and that includes a low tire pressure light.  If you have any questions regarding your TPMS system or your tires please contact our Tire and Service Center in Lancaster Ohio by phone at 1-866-822-7485!  We can help answer your questions as well as give you a free visual inspection of your tire system.  There is so much riding on your tires don’t trust them to just anyone, trust the experts at Buckeye Honda  or Buckeye Toyota in Lancaster Ohio.

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Test Drive Tuesday: Honda Sensing

Honda Sensing™

This new suite of driver assistive-technologies can help you sense
things you might miss while driving. In some cases, they can even help you
avoid a collision or mitigate its severity.
You’ll find them all on the 2015 CR-V Touring.

Collision Mitigation Braking System™

CMBS™ can help bring your Honda to a stop when
the system determines that a collision with a vehicle
detected in front of you is unavoidable. A warning sounds,
and if necessary, brake pressure is automatically applied[1].

Adaptive Cruise Control

ACC helps you maintain a constant
following interval, so you don’t have to
manually change your speed.[2]

Lane Keeping Assist System

LKAS helps keep you in your lane. If you begin
to leave a detected lane without signaling, the
steering wheel adjusts to correct your
lane departure[3].

Lane Departure Warning

LDW can detect unindicated lane departures
from detected lanes. Alerts will flash and
sound to help bring your attention to
correcting the lane drift[4].

Honda Lanewatch™

Honda LaneWatch helps decrease your passenger-side blind spot when
changing lanes. When you use your right turn signal, a view of the passenger
lane with nearly four times more area than the mirror alone appears on your
Display Audio screen[5].

Service Saturday: Cabin Air Filters

servicesaturdayWhile the engine air filter in your car is important, in most cars manufactured during the past decade or so there is another, little-known air filter that screens a different type of air – the air you breathe.

Thought automakers refer to them by different names, they are most generally known as cabin air filters.  These filters work very similarly to the air filters that screen the heating / cooling system in your home, in that they screen the air that is circulated into your car’s passenger compartment for dust, soot, pollen and other contaminants.  Some high-end cabin air filters even contain a layer of activated charcoal that actually scrubs odors from the air, as well.  The result is air that is much leaner that what would otherwise be pulled into the car. (Want proof? Try searching for “dirty cabin air filter” photos on the Internet to see just a few examples of the types of things drivers have  been prevented from breathing thanks to their cabin air filters.)

Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer — some say every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, others longer — and how often can depend on how much you drive and where. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you could need to replace the filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust.filter2

Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your HVAC system, such as when you crank up the fan too high and you get more noise than results. Another is persistent bad odors. Even if you don’t have these warnings, you should have the filter checked at least once a year and ask your Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota service center to let you see the filter.  The filter might be in pretty good shape but you might be shocked to see what is covering your filter and coming into contact with all of the air coming into your vehicle.

Maintaining your cabin air filter is an important part of keeping the air inside of your vehicle clean.  This clean air will be better for you to breath, make your heating and cooling system work more efficiently and keep the inside of your vehicle cleaner.  Next time you are in one of the Buckeye Service Centers in Lancaster Ohio talk to them about your cabin air filter.

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