Category Archives: Car Maintenance

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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.

5 Useful, Fun and Inexpensive Accessories You Need For Your Car

Tired of having your belongings slip between your car’s seats? Unsure what to do if you get a flat tire? Even your dream car can drive you crazy with these little annoyances. Here is a list of tools and accessories to keep in your car at all times to make those little inconveniences disappear for good.

 

  1. Drop Stop

Drop Stop is an Automotive Car Seat Gap Filler that you place and mold around your seat belt holder preventing even the smallest things from falling in between your car’s seats. Your cell phone, wallet and even loose change are safe with these pads around.

 

  1. Fix A Flat

This is most definitely not a permanent solution to a flat tire but having a can of Fix A Flat in your car can get you out of a sticky situation if you blow a tire. It will seal the popped tire in minutes and allow you to get to one of our service departments safely so your car can be properly looked at and repaired.

 

  1. Rain-X

Weather your dealing with rain, frost, ice or even bugs Rain-X has you covered. This spray on solution prevents all types of harsh weather from impeding your vision through your windshield. It makes driving in extreme conditions easier and much more safe.

 

  1. Glove Box Organizer

Its very important to have the right documents and contact information in your glove box in case anything were to happen. With a Glove Box Organizer you are sure to have your registration, insurance info, salesperson business card and more at your fingertips in minutes.

 

  1. Steering Wheel Desk

Does your car ever become a place where you end up working or needing to eat a meal? If so you might want to consider purchasing a Steering Wheel Desk. This one of a kind desk attaches to your steering wheel so, while you’re pulled over, you have a portable work space or personal table. Once your done simply slid it under your seat and your ready to go.

 

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5 Steps To Getting Your Car Ready For Spring

It’s that time of year! Break out the dust pans and broomsticks because spring is in the air and spring cleaning is on the agenda. While you’re preparing for the sunnier season don’t forget to prepare your car for the new weather as well. Here are some tips on how to get your car all ready for spring!

 

Wash Your Car and Get It Detailed

Spring is the ideal time to give your car a thorough cleaning both inside and out. Getting your ride washed, waxed, buffed and polished can really give your car a face lift after dealing with snow, ice, salt and more during those harsh winter months. Don’t just settle for your car looking better, make sure it feels better too. Bring your car back to showroom condition by having the interior vacuumed, shampooed and having the leather and plastic surfaces treated. A detail also gets all of the dirt and crumbs out of those hard to reach places.

 

Touch Up Paint and Small Dents

For minor dings and chips purchase some automotive touch up paint and carefully fill in all the scuffs and scratches. It won’t be a professional job but it will prevent rust from attaching itself to your sheet metal.

If you have some more substantial damage to your vehicle make a visit to your service department or local body shop. Different repairs have different prices but to keep your car in fair cosmetic condition it is worth an occasional visit to a professional. Having a car in good condition makes it easier to sell down the line and if your interested in an upgrade bring it to your dealer service center;  they can give you a trade in quote before you pay to have any work done!

 

Check Your Oil & Tire Pressure

These are routine procedure that every driver should keep up with but when life gets busy they are the last things on your mind. Be sure that you are checking your oil frequently and getting it changed according to your manufacturer standards. Getting your oil changed when needed is a easy and effective way to keeping your car in top performing condition while letting your oil get too low can cause detrimental damage to your vehicle.

Be cautious of wear on your tires after the winter months. The start of spring is the ideal time to make sure your tires are properly inflated, your spare tire included. It is also a fantastic time to have your tires rotated and balanced to make sure you are getting the maximum life span from each tire.

 

Invest in New Floor Mats

Winter is a very harsh time for your floor mats, especially if they are made of typical carpet. Spring is a great time to evaluate your floor mats and see if they need replaced. Some drivers even upgrade their floor mats from carpet to rubber or synthetic materials. These are easier to clean and don’t allow dirt, mud, water and more to get to your cars carpeting.

 

Clean Out Your Glove Compartment

First off, when cleaning out your glove compartment make sure that all important documents are where they need to be. Know where your insurance information is as well as your vehicle’s registration and owners manual. Clean out all of the un necessary papers and receipts that accumulate in your glove compartment over time time make sure these documents are easily accessible.

The glove compartment is also a great place to keep contact information from your local dealership and mechanic as well as any service coupons you acquire. It would also be a good idea to keep a tire gauge and pair of work gloves in there in case you need them while on the road.

 

If you follow these five steps you and your ride are ready for spring! Enjoy the sunshine and drive safe.

Why You Shouldn’t Drive While Low On Gas

 

Everyone knows keeping gas in your tank is an imperative part of getting you and your vehicle from point A to point B. However did you know letting your gas level get too low can actual cause detrimental damage to your car? Here are some parts of your vehicle that can be negatively affected by letting that little gas light shine:

 

Engine Problems

Your fuel tank holds your vehicle’s gasoline (or diesel) and uses fuel lines to pump it to your engine. When you have a low amount of gas in your tank sediment begins to sit and gets fed to your engine when there is nothing left to give it. This could cause severe engine malfunction and could also clog your fuel lines both of which are costly repairs.

 

Fuel Pump

The less gas in your tank the harder the fuel pump has to work to keep your car going.Your fuel pump has to work longer and harder if your tank doesn’t have much gas. This is unnecessarily over working a much needed system. Your fuel also keeps this pump lubricated and having little fuel can cause it to stall. If your pump begins to fail it will need to get repaired or replaced which is often very costly. These problems can be easily avoided by keeping your tank satisfyingly full of fuel.

 

Fuel Filter

The fuel filters primary job is to filter air before it gets to the engine. Any seidments that get sent from the fuel tank to the engine will go through this filter. If the filter is clogged, damaged or overused it can fail completely causing even more dirt and excess sediments to get into your engine and fuel lines. Some cars have replaceable fuel filters but others don’t. Therefore it’s even more important to cater to the fuel filter because it can be a major and costly repair depending on the type of car you drive.

 

Experts recommend not letting your tank get below the ¼  marker in order to prevent any of these catastrophes. Next time you think you have x more miles to go before running out of gas think of the costly repairs we talked about above; It might be worth pulling over at the next station.

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Benefits of a Certified Pre-Owned Honda

 

Ever wonder what the difference is between a pre-owned vehicle and a certified pre-owned vehicle? You see the sign advertising that the car you’re looking at is “certified pre owned” but what does that actually mean? Is it worth the extra cost? The short answer is yes but let’s explore why.

 

First off a certified pre owned car is a vehicle that has been through an intense and deliberate inspection by a Honda trained technician. This is to ensure that any problems with the car are fixed BEFORE it goes on the market. Any recalls, manufacture flaws or other problems will be addressed and fixed before the car leaves the lot. So when purchasing a certified pre-owned vehicle you are assured that the car has been properly inspected and maintained to fit today’s top safety standards.  Furthermore in order for a vehicle to met Honda’s certified pre owned standards the car must be less than six years old and have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer.

 

Second, when purchasing a certified pre-owned car you are instantly purchasing a vehicle with some much needed add ons. For example if you purchase a certified pre-owned Honda vehicle Honda extends the powertrain warranty to a total of seven years (from initial in service date) or 100,000 miles. A Certified Pre Owned Honda also comes with a comprehensive vehicle history report so you know everything about your cars former life. Not certified pre-owned cars will typically carry out the original warranty that came with the vehicle but those are often expired by the time the car has been resold and it’s very difficult to find a pre owned car with a thorough report on its history.

 

So is it worth it to purchase a certified pre-owned Honda? Yes! Though vehicles made by Honda are meant to be reliable and last longer than ever, having an extended warranty as well as a detailed history report is well worth the minimal additional cost. The multi point inspection a certified pre-owned vehicle goes through also insures that there will be no immediate problems with the car and will put your mind at ease for a long time to come.

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