Category Archives: Car Maintenance

Man in a suit checks the pressure of a flat tire on his car

What are the effects of driving on a tire that’s low on air?

Underinflated Tire Driving Risks

When that tire pressure monitor system, or TPMS, light activates, it can be tempting to just keep driving. In addition, there are times that it’s necessary to drive on a low-air tire in order to get to a place to fill it up. What are the effects and dangers of driving on a tire that’s low on air?

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Two burly men check the level of oil in a vehicle

Where can I find Honda service in Salisbury, MD during COVID-19?

The word we’ve seen tossed around without stop since the coronavirus started picking up steam is “unprecedented.” And there’s a reason for this: such an impactful event to the daily lives of literally everyone on the planet does feel truly unprecedented.

In Salisbury, and all across the Delmarva Peninsula, countless businesses have closed down. Residents are sheltering in their homes. But, from time to time, people still need to drive, and for that, they need cars.

So what if your car needs maintenance during these trying times? Where can one find vehicle service, and even OEM-certified Honda service, still operating in Salisbury, MD? Continue reading

A collection of generic vehicle parts on a white background.

Should you insist on OEM parts when you have your car serviced?

When you need service or repairs performed on your vehicle, the term “OEM” may drift up from somewhere deep in the nether regions of your mind. The moniker stands for “Original Engine Manufacturer,” and some automotive geeks insist that it’s all you should use in your ride.

OEM parts are, as the name suggests, produced (and endorsed) by the same brand that built your vehicle. They have some obvious benefits; you can be certain that they will fit and work optimally with all the other pieces in your machine. But they can also be more expensive. Should you insist that OEM parts be used when you have your car serviced?

We recommend using OEM parts when your vehicle is serviced because they are the safest, highest quality parts. They will be the best fit available for your particular vehicle. They will also be easier to choose, because there is likely only one option for each part you need.


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Benefits of OEM Parts in Vehicle Service

When using OEM parts, quality is assured in more ways than one. Many automakers provide a one-year warranty on their OEM parts. In addition, the trained and certified service team at the OEM dealership will stand by their labor and provide support if something goes wrong.

To get OEM parts, the easiest option is to go to a dealership’s official service department (such as, for example, ours here at Pohanka Honda!) This will ensure OEM parts are being used in your vehicle.

Independent service shops typically use aftermarket parts. While not all aftermarket parts are bad, they do vary in quality much more than OEM. This means there’s greater risk in their use, and more research should be used to determine if the parts being used are actually right for your vehicle.

Interior front steering wheel, dashboard, infotainment and center console inside a 2020 Honda Pilot.

Why is the battery light on in my Honda Pilot?

Meaning of Honda Battery Dashboard Light

Having a warning light come on in your car can be unnerving. Though it can be tempting to ignore, the right course of action is to try to figure out what’s wrong. Read on to find out why the dashboard battery light is illuminated in your Honda Pilot.


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The meaning of the dashboard battery light is the same for almost any vehicle: it indicates that the battery is not charging. The most likely cause is an issue with either your battery or your alternator.

How do I know if my car battery is working?

To check the functioning of your battery, use a multimeter. This tool includes two points, with one intended for each terminal of the battery. Look for a reading of 12.6 volts or above.

If the reading comes in below 12.6 volts, your battery has dead cells. It’s on its way to a complete demise and needs to be changed. If the reading comes back at or above 12.6, your battery is working fine. You should then check your alternator.

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What if my battery and alternator seem to be working?

If both the battery and alternator seem to be working fine in your Honda Pilot (or you’d rather just have it checked by a certified professional), feel free to bring it in to us here at Pohanka Honda of Salisbury! Our trained and certified service team will be happy to diagnose the issue and get it all fixed up, while you sip coffee comfortably in our waiting area instead of getting your hands dirty.

Rarer causes of an illuminated battery light include a shorted-out cable, a faulty BMS sensor, or another component such as the tensioner or A/C compressor seized causing the belt to slip. These are all elements to have our technicians check for. Thanks for reading, and we hope you get that issue sorted out soon!

 

Red 2019 Honda CR-V drives along a highway in the mountains.

How often should I change the oil in my 2019 Honda CR-V?

Oil: it’s an essential part of a healthy vehicle. Without it, your engine would grind itself into little pieces, or heat itself up until it melted from the inside out or warp itself into shapes unrecognizable to human eyes. Whichever it is, it’s going to be bad.

That’s why it’s important to change your oil at the proper oil-change intervals. How often should oil be changed inside the 2019 Honda CR-V?

2019 Honda CR-V Oil Change Intervals

 

The engine oil in the 2019 Honda CR-V should be replaced every 7,500 miles or 12 months. This is according to the official 2019 Honda CR-V maintenance schedule. It applies if you are mainly driving in normal (not severe) driving conditions.

If you are mainly driving in severe conditions, the oil should be changed every 3,750 miles or six months. If you only occasionally drive in severe conditions, stick to the normal maintenance recommendation above.


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What does Honda consider severe driving conditions?

Severe conditions are classified as:

  • Driving less than five miles per trip or, in freezing temperatures, driving less than 10 miles per trip.
  • Driving in hot (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit) conditions
  • Extensive idling or long periods of stop-and-go driving
  • Driving with a roof-top carrier, or driving in mountainous conditions
  • Driving on muddy, dusty or de-iced roads

Honda Maintenance Minder Oil Change Alert

Many new Honda vehicles, including the 2019 Honda CR-V, are fitted with the Honda Maintenance Minder. This system keeps an eye on the internal state of your vehicle and lets you know exactly when maintenance needs to be performed.

For example, the current engine oil status of your 2019 Honda CR-V is displayed by the Maintenance Minder right in its information display. This status starts at 100% oil life and gradually winds down to 0% as you drive. When the meter is at 15%, service is due soon, and when at 5%, service is due now. When the meter hits 0%, your service is past due, and you should get to a certified Honda service center ASAP.

The Honda Maintenance Minder may also display a letter as well as a number. If you see the letter A, replace just the engine oil. If you see the letter B, replace the engine oil, oil filter, inspect the front and rear brakes, check the parking brake adjustment and inspect other items specific to the vehicle.