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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

Honda Accord

You made the decision to get a new car. You have even test driven several and have lucked out and found your perfect match: a 2016 Honda Accord. You'd eagerly climb in and drive away so you could sport your new set of wheels around time … if they would just hand you the keys! But, before they can do that, you have to decide on one important thing: buy or lease. If you've never bought or leased a car before, you may be interested in learning a bit about both. To find out what buying and leasing is all about, continue reading.

There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to deciding whether to buy or lease a car. The decision depends on your specific lifestyle and preferences. Let's look at the pros of both first.

Pros of Buying

  • pride of ownership – you can modify your car however you want with audio systems, etc.

  • no penalty for driving excess miles

  • increased flexibility – you can sell your car whenever you please

  • more economical in the long run – unless you buy and trade-in regularly

Pros of Leasing

  • lower down payment

  • lower monthly payments

  • you can drive a newer, nicer car for less money each month

  • lower repair costs due to three-year, factory warranty

  • easily allows you to drive a new car every two to three years

  • no trade-in hassles at the end of lease

  • sales tax will only be paid on the portion of the car you finance

As you can see, buying and leasing both come with many pros. But, just as most everything in life, pros typically come with some cons. Here's a look at the disadvantages of buying an leasing a car.

Disadvantages of Buying

  • higher down payment

  • higher monthly payments

  • responsibility of maintenance costs when warranty expires

  • trade-in or selling hassles when you decide to get a new car

Disadvantages of Leasing

  • you don't own the car at the end of the lease

  • mileage is limited to a set amount, generally 1200-1500 miles per year. Any excess miles are paid at the time of lease termination

  • confusing contracts

  • more expensive in the long run

  • owe wear-and-tear charges when lease is terminated

  • costly early-termination of lease

Now that you know the basics of buying and leasing a car, you are on your way to an educated decision. To further help you weigh the pros and cons of buying and leasing the 2016 Honda Accord, 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 buying vs leasing car, buying car, car leases, Washington PA dealerships, Honda dealerships, new honda accord, lease honda, on 04/28/2016 at 5:30 PM


Do you have kids? One? Two? Maybe three or four? Even more? Wow! Well then this blog is definitely for you! Whether you have just one child or a whole Brady Bunch gang, you probably spend a lot of time in the car. From doctor appointments and preschool to trips to grandma’s house, cars are essential to life with children. So, you’ve done the first step and have a car, but do you have the car seat(s) required in your Honda?

Children, especially newborn babies, are not of correct size to properly be protected by standard seat belts in cars. This is why car seats are so crucial to ensure their safety on the road. It hasn’t always been required, but nowadays cars have to follow certain child-seat safety laws before they are allowed on the market. Here are some tips to ensure your child is safe on the road.

Children Ride in Back: The safest place for children age 12 and under to ride in a car is in the backseat. Never install car seats in the front! This creates a very dangerous, and possibly fatal situation.

Make Buckle Snug: Once your child is sitting in their car seat, buck all buckles and secure them. You want to ensure the seat belt harness provides a rather snug fit in order to provide the proper protection. To check tightness, you should only be able to slip one finger underneath the straps located at your child’s chest. The harness clip should be placed on the chest at armpit level.

Infants Ride Backwards: Infants should ride in a rear-facing car seat until age one or at least 20 to 22 pounds. For extra safety, install specially-designed car seat mirrors while driving that allow you to view your child from your rearview mirror.

Booster Seats: When your child hits 40 pounds, they can then ride in just a booster seat. (Adult lap belts fit most children much better at 40 pounds and up.) Until then, keep your child in a car seat that has a full seat-belt harness for as along as possible. Also, don’t forget to secure the booster seat to your vehicle just as you would a regular car seat.

Older Children: Questioning whether your child is ready to be completely car seat free? Typically, the adult lap and shoulder belt system will not fit children until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall and weigh about 80 pounds. They also must meet the following guidelines:

  • Child must be tall enough to sit on seat (without slouching), with knees bent at the edge of the seat. Feet should rest flat on the floor.
  • Lap belt must fit low and tight across upper thighs.
  • Shoulder belt should rest over the shoulder and across the chest.

For everything cars, visit our dealership in Washington, Pennsylvania or click here to view our website.

Washington Honda specializes in new and used Honda cars, trucks, hybrids 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 Washington Honda, booster seats, Car Safety, car seat safety laws, car seats, Family Sedans, Washington Honda Accord, washington hondas on 03/28/2016 at 1:49 PM

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