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.

 

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Fall is here – prep your used car!

servicesaturdayIt’s the beginning of September and as far as we’re concerned, fall is well on its way – Labor Day Weekend usually signifies the rounding out of the summer season.  Although the temperatures may not agree with us just yet here at Buckeye Honda and Toyota, we’re ready to help you prep your vehicle for the upcoming season!  This is especially important if you’re planning on taking your used car out-of-town to see the changing colors of autumn or to visit family for holidays; in order to have a safe and efficient journey, you need to give your car certain tools.  Our Lancaster Toyota  and Honda Service Centers are here to help!

Get your used car ready for shorter, rainier days!falldriving3

Fall weather means shorter days, cooler temperatures, more precipitation, and slippery roads when the foliage starts to leave the trees. Prep your Lancaster used car to take it all on with these simple tips!

Check your tires.  Like we said, falling leaves and rainy weather can make it tricky when you take your used car  out on the roads. Make sure you have the traction you need to stay safe – have our Toyota and Honda techs check your tires to make sure they’re properly inflated and have enough tread on them for maximum grip!

Make sure your headlights are in good condition! You should always use your headlights when driving  in the rain, as it provides you with better visibility and lets other drivers see you better, too. However, you’ll also want those headlights in good working condition as the days get shorter and you find yourself in the dark on your evening commute home, or if you face any foggy mornings on your way into the office!

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Take a close look at your windshield wipers.  It tends to get a bit rainier in the fall.  Be sure that your used car has a set of wipers that can handle the wet weather – if they’re just smearing water around on your windshield, they’re not going to do you much good. Get a new set at our Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota  parts store and have our techs install them for you for free!

falldrivingDouble check your defroster and heat, especially if you’re taking a road trip into colder climates! You definitely want your car to have a working defroster to give you the maximum visibility you need for a safe trip!

You might also want to give your car a solid wash and wax – wax will protect your car from excess moisture (which can cause rust if left too long) and any salt and snow that might be on the roads come winter. Give your used car a little TLC!  Our professional detail department can handle this for you if you don’t have the time, just give us a call and we can set it up for you.

 

Schedule an appointment at our Honda (740-653-7678)  or  Toyota (740-654-3943) Service Center!

Service Saturday: Brakes – What Kind Do You Have and How To Take Care Of Them

servicesaturdayBrakes are one of the most important parts of a vehicle, what good is it to be able to go if you can’t stop!  Either going  on a long road trip or on a short drive to the store, if you can’t stop it won’t be a good trip.

What Kind of Brakes Do You Have?

For the past few decades there have been only 2 predominant types of brakes, disc brakes and drum brakes. They work in essentially the same way, and symptoms of a worn system are often identical.

Drum Brakes

Drum brakes predate disc brakes by many years, but they are still a reliable and affordable braking technology. However, because drum brakes do not dissipate heat as well as disc brakes, they are often only found on the rear two wheels of vehicles. Drum brakes essentially consist of two rounded brake shoes housed inside a round drum that spins with the wheels of a vehicle. When the brake pedal is applied, fluid pushes the two brake pads out against the drum where they create friction and slow the vehicle.

Disc Brakes

A car’s disc brakes work much like those of a motorcycle or bicycle. A caliper that houses two brake pads is mounted over a thin disc shaped rotor. The rotor spins with the wheels while the brake caliper remains stationary. When the brake pedal is applied, the two brake pads in the caliper squeeze the rotor to create friction and slow the vehicle. Check out the two diagrams from  CarBibles below to see the difference between drum and disc brakes visually.

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Maintaining Your Car’s Brakes

Fortunately, drum and disc brake systems should go many thousands of miles without any trouble. Keep an eye on brake fluid and inspect your brake pads every 12,000 miles or so. If the pads are less than 1/8 inch thick consider replacing them. Otherwise, just keep an eye out for unusual behavior that could indicate a problem.

Detecting a Problem With Your Brakes

The importance of your brakes cannot be overstated, if you experience these symptoms have your brakes inspected.

  •  Strange sounds when braking
  • Your car “pulls” to the left or right when driving
  • Vibrations when applying the brakes
  • A “mushy” or inconsistent brake pedal
  • Noticeable grooves in the rotors
  • Strange smells

Have Buckeye Inspect Your Brakes

Hopefully you are not experiencing any of these warning signs of brake problems. If you are, do something about it as soon as possible.  Brake problems don’t fix themselves, and letting these problems persist could lead to an accident.  Let Buckeye take a look at your brakes, we can give you an overall assessment of your current brakes and take care of any problems that you might be experiencing.

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Saturday Service: Hazy Headlights!

servicesaturdayHeadlights are one of the things that makes or breaks the looks of your vehicle.  Do your headlights give the vehicle an aggressive look or a wide-eyed “happy” look?

Now it goes without saying that they also provide one of the biggest safety features on the vehicle by illuminating the dark roads and acting as a beacon to oncoming traffic.  Cloudy headlights aren’t just a cosmetic issue. They reduce the amount of light that can be thrown on the road ahead, limiting your ability to see at night or when it’s raining. That makes them a safety issue, too.

Go back 30 years and this problem did not exist. That was because headlights were made from glass. Glass headlight2transmits light very well and is easy to clean but has two drawbacks in automotive applications: It’s not readily formed into the complex geometries demanded by car stylists, and it’s easily broken.

To get around these limitations, car manufacturers switched to a type of plastic called polycarbonate. Polycarbonate has great impact resistance, transmits light almost as well as glass, and can be readily formed into complex shapes. But it is easily scratched and, like most plastics, deteriorates when exposed to ultraviolet light (the same UV rays that let us tan).

To overcome these weaknesses, polycarbonate headlights are given a UV-resistant coating. This lasts for a number of years, but grit and dirt thrown up from the road, plus frequent washing and that darn UV light gradually wear it away, exposing the polycarbonate to the elements. Once this has happened, the light takes on that cloudy appearance.

How do we fix this issue?

headlightWell you can replace your headlight assembly but who wants to fork over that kind of money to do that?  The other option is to use a headlight restoration product.  There are a number of products on the market and like most things there are the good ones and the bad ones.  Your best bet is to contact Buckeye Honda or Toyota and let us take care of it for you.  Our trained detail professionals can diagnose and apply the proper treatment to your headlights to help bring out the shine once again, not to mention help brighten up the

 

Service Saturday: Maintenance Minder System

servicesaturdayWhat is a Honda maintenance minder?

Starting in 2007, all Honda models came equipped with a maintenance minder system.  This system calculates the life of the engine oil, transmission fluid, air and cabin filters, coolant, spark plugs, timing belt (if equipped), and rear differential fluid.  Because the computer is calculating the lifespan of the different items, a scheduled maintenance list based on mileage is no longer used.

The computer determines the life of each item based on the driving conditions of the vehicle.  If the engine runs at higher temperatures and rpm, or at low temperatures during short trips, the oil life will deplete faster than an engine running under normal conditions.  It will indicate a percentage of oil life on the vehicle’s display.

This system is unique in that it has the ability to move up or delay other services so when it’s time to have an oil change, it will tell you the other services needed at the same time to keep the service visits to a minimum.

A percentage will show on the display starting at 100 %, diminishing as the vehicle is driven.  Once the percentage gets to 15, a wrench is illuminated on the dash letting the8656810314_111faa1980_z driver know that service is due soon.  At 5% the service is due now, and at 0% the service is overdue.  The system will count in negative numbers when service is past due.

The first code is either “A,” requiring an oil change, or “B,” requiring and oil and filter change.  The second code will be a number, indicating one of the following:

1.      Tire rotation
2.      Air filter and cabin filter replacement, and check the drive belt
3.      Transmission Fluid
4.      Spark plug replacement, timing belt replacement (if equipped), inspect water pump and valve clearance
5.      Engine coolant replacement
6.      Differential fluid replacement

Once the vehicle is service, your technician will reset the maintenance minder system, so it can begin the calculation process again.

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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.

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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 details.radio 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 https://radio-navicode.honda.com/ 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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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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