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Honda Civic

Everyone wants better fuel economy. So how do you get it? One way is to opt for smaller cars like the 2016 Honda Civic. Another way to increase fuel economy even more is to invest in hybrid vehicles like the 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid. But, as the summer months blaze hotter and hotter, even the most fuel efficient cars can suffer. To beat the heat and improve fuel economy, check out these gas-saving tips.

 

The Most Important Factor. Summer months can see temperatures so high they are unbearable. The only way to combat scorching heat and still manage to get where you need to go is to use the air conditioner. You may praise the air conditioning Gods that have supplied your car with cold air, but if you want to get good fuel economy, the AC can really diminish your chances. Under very hot conditions, your AC can actually reduce fuel economy by more than 25%! This is a huge percentage that causes more gas money to be spent and more trips to the gas station to be made.

 

You may be asking why you can't just roll down the windows and avoid the loss in gas. Well, here's why:

 

One – if your car is scorching hot on the inside, chances are outside isn't much better. Opening the windows will, of course, provide some air flow, but you will definitely still melt into a sweaty puddle right in your seat.

 

Two – rolling your windows down can reduce fuel economy. Opening windows increases aerodynamic drag (wind resistance). This causes your vehicle to use more energy as it pushes through the air. At low speeds, this doesn't create much – if any – fuel loss; however, at fast speeds, this can cause quite a drop in gas.

 

Here are some ways to improve fuel economy in hot weather.

  • Avoid using the AC more than necessary. Also, set the temperature lower than needed.

  • Park in the shade or use a sunshade. This will help keep your cabin cooler.

  • When first getting in your car, drive with the windows down for a short time before using the AC. By letting hot air out of the cabin first, less stress will be put on your AC, and your vehicle will cool faster.

  • Don't run the AC while idling.

  • Don't idle while waiting for your AC to cool down. AC systems cool faster when the vehicle is driving.

Check out the 2016 Honda and learn more about fuel economy at our Honda dealership in Washington, PA.

 

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.
 



This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged new Honda Civic, new Honda, Honda Civic Hybrid, fuel efficient cars, small sedans, car tips, fuel saving tips, on 06/04/2016 at 4:05 PM

Honda Odyssey

Sooner or later, everyone who owns a car will endure a flat tire. Whether it happens while on the highway or you witness it just as you are getting in your car to go to work – it is always a hassle. If you're like most drivers, you probably have roadside assistance services that will come fix a flat for you . But even if you do, it is always a good idea to know how to handle certain car repairs on your own just in case. And lucky for you – car manufacturers have worked hard to make the tire changing process one that most everyone can do. To learn how to change a flat in your Honda Odyssey, check out the step-by-step guide below.

 

1. If you are driving when you endure a flat tire, it's important to find a safe spot to pull over on the side of the road. If on a busy highway or interstate, the safest route is to drive on the flat to the next exit before pulling over. Never park on unlevel ground or in the middle of a curve – both spell disaster during a tire change.

2. Once you pull over, turn your hazard lights on. This is the safest way to alert other drivers on the road as to what is happening.

3. Next, gather the necessary tools: car jack, wrench and spare tire.

4. Once you have all of the necessary tools, use your wrench to loosen the lug nuts. (You may need to remove the hubcap to do so.) Do not fully remove the lug nuts just yet, but instead, just loosen them. Do so by turning your wrench counter-clockwise (to the left).

5. When lug nuts are loosened, place your car jack in the correct spot (check your owner's manual or online for instructions). When the jack is securely in place, have it lift your car until the flat tire is around six inches off the ground.

6. Now that your car is jacked up, you can fully unscrew the lug nuts. Be sure to put them into a pile so you don't risk having any roll away.

7. Once lug nuts are removed, pull the tire straight toward yourself in order to pull it off the wheelbase.

8. Place the spare tire on your car by lining up the lug nut posts with the holes in the spare. Then push the spare al the way onto the wheelbase.

9. Put lug nuts back on. Don't fully tighten them just yet.

10. Using your jack once more, lower your car to the ground. Then remove the jack.

11. Once your car is safely back on the ground, finish tightening the lug nuts until they are secure.

12. Once you have finished changing your flat, the last thing to do is to clean up. Place all tools, as well as your flat tire in your trunk, leaving the side of the road clear.

 

And wallah! You have changed your flat tire all by yourself!

 

For more Honda car maintenance tips and tricks, check out our website or visit our Honda dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania.

 

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged new Odyssey, car maintenance, tire maintenance, diy car repairs, honda repairs, on 06/04/2016 at 2:40 PM

Repair Services

Planning a road trip this summer? If so, you are probably in the midst of making your list of must-haves and must-dos before leaving town. Now, recheck your list. Are there any car maintenance services on it? Don't feel bad if your car didn't make the list; you are one of millions that often overlook the basic needs of your vehicle. But remember, nothing can ruin a road trip more than your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere. So before hitting the road, follow this road-trip maintenance checklist to ensure you don't get stuck on the side of the road.

 

Check Tires: Before leaving town, be sure to check the condition of each tire. Check for any bald spots or worn treads. Each tire should have a tread depth of 2/32 inches. You can check this by placing a penny between the treads – be sure Lincoln's head is upside down. If you are able to see Lincoln's head, the tire is worn and should be replaced. While you are checking your tires, don't forget to also inspect the spare!

 

Another important thing to check is your tire pressure. Tires that are over-inflated or under-inflated pose a serious safety risk, causing a number of negative problems, including: tire damage, inadequate traction, a decrease in fuel economy, and poor handling.

 

Check Fluids: Your car is made up of many fluids – from engine oil and transmission fluid to windshield wiper and brake fluid. Without just one of these fluids, your car won't operate as it should, so be sure to inspect and verify that all fluids are at the correct level and tapped off before leaving town.

 

Check Belts and Hoses: Overtime, belts and hoses can suffer from wear and tear and require replacing. For belts, inspect them to see if they are brittle, frayed, cracked, loose or showing other signs of excessive wear. For hoses, check for leaks, soft spots or cracking. If you notice any of these things, have them replaced.

 

Inspect Brakes: Brakes are crucial to safety on the road, so be sure to inspect them before leaving town. Listen and feel for any noises, squeaking or shaking that may occur when applying the brakes. If your brakes show any of these signs, get them inspected immediately.

 

Check Lights: Your car has a number of different lights like headlights, taillights and turn signals. Be sure all are working properly before going out of town. Headlights can become foggy, which decreases light intensity. When this happens, visibility is lowered, especially at night. If you have any broken lights, watch out because you may be pulled over and given a ticket.

 

For more car-prep travel tips, just ask us! Visit our Honda dealership in Washington, PA.

 

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged car prep, summer travel, road trips, honda maintenance, honda dealer, honda car tips, on 06/03/2016 at 9:34 PM

Honda Pilot 

When you visual your 2016 Honda Pilot, what are the first things that come to mind? Is it the color? The tires? The new-car smell? Now think, did your car's windshield wipers ever come to mind? If you're like most, your wiper blades were probably forgotten, or at least didn't show up until the end of your visualization. While you may only think about the importance of your wipers when caught in a rainstorm, or when a bug flatlines on your windshield, they are actually a very important part of your vehicle. Without them, you wouldn't be able to see – talk about making driving impossible, not to mention extremely dangerous! Here are some helpful things to know about your windshield wipers.

Maintenance: Many drivers often wait to replace their wiper blades until they no longer work. Unfortunately, this can put you in a risky situation. To maximize the usability, efficiency, and reliability of your wiper blades, it's a good idea to stay on top of routine maintenance and repairs.

Wiper blades deteriorate due to many environmental factors, such as:

  • Sun – ultraviolet light, ozone deterioration

  • Oil – car waxes, car exhaust

  • Airborne debris – sand, mud, dust

  • Moisture – acid rain, salt water

Wiper blades should be replaced every six months, or at least once per year.

Wiper Blade Problems: There are many problems your wiper blades may suffer from, such as:

  • Streaking – caused when rubber squeegee dries, hardens and cracks.

  • Skipping – occurs when the wiper blade develops a curvature from lack of use

  • Wearing – caused by extensive use that causes the rubber edge to become round instead of square

  • Splitting – caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays, which makes them break down and separate from the frame

To help avoid these problems and extend the life of your wiper blades, here are some important steps to follow:

  • Clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank.

  • Gently wipe the wiper blade with a damp paper towel or cloth in order to remove any dirt or oil.

  • Use an ice scraper or the defroster in order to melt snow and ice. Never use your windshield wipers for this job!

  • Pull wiper blades away from your windshield during cold months in order to prevent ice buildup on the wiper blades, as well as prevent them from sticking to the windshield.

For more tips on windshield wipers and other car topics, visit our dealership in Washington, PA.

 Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.

 


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged new Honda Pilot, new Honda, family SUVs, windshield wipers, wiper blade problems, car maintenance, honda maintenance, honda repairs, on 04/28/2016 at 8:57 PM

Honda Civic Sedan 

You just bought a brand new car: a 2016 Honda Civic, to be exact. But something else just happened: your son or daughter just got their drivers license. This could be a bad situation. For anyone learning to master a brand new skill, it can be pretty difficult at first. Take driving, for instance. No one is born knowing how to drive, so when a teen finally steps behind the wheel it can be a pretty scary and confusing experience. Due to this inexperience behind the wheel, teen drivers have the highest accident rate of any other age group. To become a good driver, it takes lots of time, practice, and the knowledge that comes with age. To help your teen become a good driver, it's important to discuss with them the many driving mistakes they are likely to make behind the wheel, then work on these things with them as you venture onto the road as their passenger. To examine the list of common teen driving mistakes, continue reading.

Speeding: As a new driver, it can be hard to judge your speed and how long it will take you to stop. You may typically show off cat-like reflexes, but you won't interpret on-road situations as well as those who have been driving for a long time. Until you feel truly comfortable behind the wheel, lay off a good bit on the gas pedal. Going slow and obeying the speed limit may feel embarrassing, but it is the safest way to better master your new skill.

Distractions: Distracted driving is the leading cause of death for teens. Loud music, talking on the phone, and texting are all major distractions that cause you to take your eyes off the road and directing your attention away from your surroundings. Every text you send takes your eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, 4.6 seconds equals to the amount of time it takes to drive the length of a football field. Imagine all of the dangerous things that could take place during this amount of time! Distractions hinder your ability to scan the road effectively, locate potential danger early, and take the necessary corrective action. Don't take the risk; avoid distractions to avoid dangerous situations.

Tailgating: When you feel someone is standing in your personal space, does it bother you? Most likely, it does! When driving, be sure to keep personal space in mind so you won't tailgate others. Teens often overestimate their ability to stop their cars in time. Failing to keep the proper distance is very dangerous and can lead to fatal situations. Always stay two car lengths behind the car in front of you, and also remember that the faster you are driving, the more braking distance you will require in order to stop.

Not Buckling Up: Buckle up, it's the law! You've probably seen these commercials countless times, so make sure you pay attention and always wear your seat belt when in a car (driving or not). Seat belts play a critical role in eliminating injuries or reducing the severity of injuries you may sustain during a car accident. Often times, they even determine who walks away from an accident and who doesn't.

For more car-related information like teen driving and more, visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania.

 Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda carstruckshybrids and SUVs. Located in Washington, PA. Serving Greater Pittsburgh, Canonsburg, Charleroi, McMurray and Waynesburg, Pennsylvania; and Morgantown and Wheeling, West Virginia.


This entry was posted in Washington Honda and tagged new Honda Civics, new Hondas, popular Hondas, teen driving, fatal teen driving, inexperienced drivers, honda driving, new drivers, on 04/28/2016 at 5:35 PM

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