Should You Get Winter Tires for Your Honda?

2017 Honda CR-V Parked

Winter tires are important if you’re going to be driving your Honda on snow and ice this winter. They offer the following benefits:

  • Enhanced traction thanks to softer rubber compounds

  • Better grip on slick surfaces

  • Improved stopping distance and safety

  • Installation by certified professionals if purchased at a Honda dealership

Learn more about winter tires today!

Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

If you’ve just purchased a new or certified pre-owned Honda vehicle, it likely comes with all-season tires. To check, a winter tire will have a snowflake on the sidewall, but an all-season tire will not. An all-season tire provides the following advantages:

  • Longer wear life

  • Good traction in dry weather

  • Strong ride quality

  • Excellent fuel economy

However, an all-season tire has one big weakness, and that’s winter weather performance. A snow tire uses unique design features like:

  • Softer rubber compounds that grip the road securely in cold temperatures

  • Deeper tread design to reduce snow buildup on tires

  • Deep sipes (small slits in the tire tread) that help the tires bite into snow and ice

All in all, snow tires improve your traction by up to 25 to 50 percent.

Why Should I Buy Winter Tires from Community Honda of Orland Park?

Buying a set of winter tires ensures that you’re prepared for tough winter weather in the Frankfort area, and that’s why the tire center at Community Honda carries such a wide selection. On top of that, certified technicians will install your tires quickly, allowing you to get back on the road. Whether you’re looking for superior off-road traction for your Ridgeline, or want the assurance that comes with snow tires for your Odyssey, we have you covered.

Visit Our Tire Center Today

Located at 8340 W. 159th St., Community Honda of Orland Park offers frequent service specials, so keep an eye out for discounted tire rotations and free alignment checks. Our service team has received extensive training on all Honda models, so you know you can trust us. Schedule a service appointment online to make sure your vehicle is ready for the demands of winter, or call us at 708-364-2600 if you have any questions.

Honda Plans to Cut Emissions by 50 Percent

American RoadsHonda has made a bold statement. The automaker is planning to cut emissions by half in the next decade, and that means more than just putting efficient vehicles on the road. The new plan is called Green Path, and it means that the company will be making huge sustainability improvements throughout the entire manufacturing process. Find out below how Honda is planning to clean up its act and continue to be one of the greenest automakers in the world!

The Honda Green Path

Honda has a plan to make the whole automotive manufacturing process cleaner. The new initiative focuses on a $210 million investment in the Marysville, Ohio manufacturing plant, which happens to be the largest Honda plant in North America. This will help Honda achieve a voluntary goal of 50 percent emissions reduction by 2050, compared to 2000 levels. This makes Honda the only automaker to voluntarily target such dramatic emissions reductions.

The new plan, called Green Path, aims to reduce the use of what Honda calls “Substances of Concern” in the manufacturing process and scarce natural resources in the production of vehicles. It also plans to significantly reduce the amount of water used in the manufacturing process, as well as C02 emissions caused by transportation of vehicles from plants to dealers. It will also expand the company’s Green Dealer program which incentivizes dealerships that adopt environmentally friendly practices.

“We work every day on these issues. But there’s much more automakers can do beyond fuel efficiency to reduce our environmental impact by adopting energy efficiency and renewable energy throughout our operations,” said Ryan Harty, manager of the Honda Environmental Business Development Office.

The Green Path initiative isn’t just about emissions, however. It’s also about creating cars that are environmentally friendly in every way – from paint to transportation to production, and everything in between.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

While Honda is aiming to reduce the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process, Honda vehicles continue to lead the way when it comes to fuel economy and efficiency. Come visit Community Honda of Orland Park here at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL today to drive the latest Honda vehicles and find out more about efficiency and emissions.

Family Car Organization Tips

If you’ve got kids, you know first hand that car organization is pretty difficulty. Likely your car is filled with toys, wrappers, and all sorts of other clutter. Don’t worry Honda Odyssey Built-In Vacuum Cleanerthough, even if your car is a disaster area right now, it’s not a lost cause. Our Orland Park Honda dealership is here to help with some basic tips for getting your car organized:

  • Start Over: The only way to do this is to get your hands dirty. Remove absolutely everything from the car. Grab some trash bins and some cleaning supplies and go to town. This is probably a good time to go to our service department and get your vehicle detailed too.
  • Buy Cleaning Supplies for the Car: All those spills and loose crumbs are going to take a toll on your car’s interior. If you’ve got cleaning supplies, then you can take care of any problems right away. The new 2014 Honda Odyssey is available with a built-in vacuum cleaner that would certainly help.
  • Put Important Items Away First: When you’re first getting organized, put away all the things you absolutely need in the car. I recommend putting essentials and important documents like your car manual in the glove box. Sticking to a consistent system is just as important as the documents themselves. Leave certain items in certain areas and don’t ever put them anywhere else.
  • Have Dedicated Storage for Each Child: Even if your car has excellent storage spots for each passenger, it’s very beneficial to have individual storage bags or boxes for each child. Have them store all of their car things in their bin and be sure to enforce the rule each time you exit the car. Another rule may be to tell each child not to leave anything in the car they brought into it.
  • Keep Extra Bags in the Car: Even adults can be part of the problem of getting the car cluttered. If you keep an extra tote in the trunk, it will be easier to carry in extra items back to the house without an excuse.

Benefits of Trading with Carmax

Cars on Car LotFinding a great trade-in value is one of the most important parts of getting a great deal on a new car. You may have heard of Carmax and have wondered whether or not you should sell your car with Carmax. Read on to find out.

What is Carmax?

Carmax is a car trading firm that operates independently of any dealer and which works directly with car buyers and sellers to help them set up deals that works for both. They were founded in 1993 and have become a major, Fortune 500 corporation which has expanded to 100 locations and has sold more than four million cars, winning a “Best Place to Work” award for nine years straight.

Benefits of Carmax

When you sell your car from Carmax, they won’t haggle on the price. They will accept the price you want, as long as it’s within reason and close to Kelley Blue Book price. Dealers at Carmax firms also receive fixed commissions for each car they buy or sell, meaning they won’t push you into a direction you aren’t interested in pursuing. Carmax will also give your vehicle a 125-point inspection to help understand it inside and out.

Benefits of Trading to a Dealer

Don’t run to Carmax without knowing some of the benefits of selling to a dealer first. The biggest benefit of trading to a dealer is haggle based buying. This may seem like a contradiction but if you’re good at haggling or understand the basics of car price haggling, it can actually work to your benefit. Working with a specific car brand dealer can also give you the benefit of a buyer that fully understands your model and its value on first glance without having to do an inspection. Lastly, smaller, family-oriented dealers may know you by sight and want you to get the best deal possible because of your personal relationship.

Final Verdict?

The truth is, both Carmax and car dealers are designed to work for specific sellers. If you’re looking for a no-problem, easy-to-understand, and highly efficient way to sell your vehicle, Carmax may be your best option. But if you want the option to haggle, are interested in a specific dealer, or simply want to support local business, a dealer may be the choice for you.

Proper Pet Safety for Summer Months

Dog Riding in a CarThe weather is starting to heat up around our Orland Park Honda dealership and lots of people are having adventures. Whenever you make a stop at a light, it’s not uncommon to see a dog sticking their head out the window with their tongue flapping. While your animal may love getting some sun and catching a breeze, it’s quite dangerous for your dog or any other pet to travel unrestrained. In the event of a collision, there’s nothing to keep an animal from going airborne. Even if you’re a great driver, you can never count on others out on the road.

Cats and Other Animals

For cats or pretty much any animal that’s not a dog—I’m looking at all you sloth and capybara owners out there—you’ll want to get a crate. Preferably you can get one that’s built for car transportation that can be strapped in to the seat or attaches to the seatbelt. Never put a crate or loose animal in the back of a Honda Ridgeline or any other type of pickup.

Dog Restraints

Dogs have it a little bit easier. Similar to the restraints many dogs wear in lieu of collars, there are pet restraints built for car travel that allow your pet to use the protection of your car’s seatbelt. The restraint attaches to the seatbelt, giving the animal a little bit of room to be free, but protecting it from an accident.

Roll Up the Windows

Your pet may love sticking their head out the window, but, even restrained, it’s still a bad idea. The dog’s head could get struck by another car or a side mirror. Breathing in a lot of cold air isn’t great for their lungs and road dust and debris can get in their eyes too. Pets have also choked themselves before by accidentally stepping on the window control switch.

Don’t Leave Pets Alone in Cars

Perhaps most important is to never leave a dog, cat, or other animal in your car during the summer months. Even if you’ve had the air on, your car is quickly going to become a sweatbox. Take your animal with you if you have to make a stop or have someone stay with the animal.

What is a Catalytic Converter?

Community Honda ServiceLook under your vehicle, starting with the tailpipe. As you’re working towards the front, you should see a metallic cylinder box on the pipe. This is catalytic converter, also known as “the cat.” It’s the cat’s job to catch the harmful byproducts of gasoline combustion. While pure gasoline would reduce down to simply CO2 and water, gasoline is chock full of impurities. These impurities get released into the air as nitrous and sulfurous oxides, the ingredients to smog.

Precious metals insides the chambers of the car attract and catch these harmful compounds as they’re trying to escape, trapping them. The cat does not catch carbon dioxide, though. Originally developed by a french chemist to combat smog production in Los Angeles, the catalytic converter has been helping to cut back on vehicle air pollution since the 1950s.

I really hope that most people are not here because you wanted to know what was stolen off the underside of your vehicle. Catalytic converters are valuable if fenced for their precious metals. Conversely, they’re expense to replace. Theft isn’t the only threat to your cat, though. Having sustained emission problems can ruin your cat, as well as cause major vehicle problems, including vehicle fires.

Besides the obvious safety precautions for not getting your catalytic converter stolen, there are several ways you can detect a potential problem in your emissions system.

  • Know the signs of the engine misfires. When your engine misfires, unspent vaporized gasoline travels through the emissions system and through the catalytic converter. There, the cat is working double time to absorb all of the bad compounds in the gasoline. Over time, this will coat the inside of the converter, rendering it useless. This will also cause even more heat build-up that normal. This can be the source of a fire.
  • Don’t ignore the check engine light. The light is there for a reason. It’s warning you of problem that could turn into a very expensive maintenance issue. The light is connected to sensors in the emissions system. If your exhaust isn’t in the parameters of normal exhaust, then the warning comes on. Following this up with a vehicle diagnostic can help you to avoid more expensive repairs, as well as a failure to a future emissions test.

If you’re having emission problems, feel free to make an appointment with Community Honda. We’re here to help you stay safe on the road.

What Kind of Oil Should I Put in my Car?

Oil ChangeAh, the classic car maintenance question. While changing the oil is definitely one of the most important vehicle services, there is a lot of confusion surrounding it. We’ll cut to the chase. You can find out what type of oil you should put in your car in your vehicle’s manual, as well as a huge drove of other important information.


If you’d like to understand a little more about what your oil does for your car, read on.


Why the Oil You Use Matters

If your car were a furry, four legged beast, its motor oil would be its lifeblood. Without it, it wouldn’t run too smoothly, and breakdown and disaster will soon follow.


Your engine has a lot of moving parts that create friction. Friction means heat, especially when you’re running constantly anywhere from 3,000 rpm to 5,000 rpm. Just rub your hands quickly together and notice the heat that builds up. Now imagine doing that fast enough to power a car. That’s enough heat to start a fire or warp steel.


That’s where motor oil comes in. Motor oil acts as a lubricant between your engine’s moving parts. More lubrication means less friction, which in turn means less heat. Less heat means less wear and tear on your engine while operating.


Not only does your motor oil act as a lubricant but also as a cleanser. Your engine picks up a lot of crud from the road while you drive. Winter roads are especially harsh, kicking up all sorts of grim and salt. Oil manufacturers add special detergents to their oil to help pick up these particles and keep them away from moving parts. If your oil didn’t do this, debris would slowly grind down vital engine components.


Here are some common oil related questions:

  • Why can’t I use any motor oil? Different oils have different weights and densities and are designed to go into different sized engines. A smaller engine will suffer if you put a denser oil in it. Go with what your vehicle manual recommends.
  • The oil is black. Should I change it? Black oil means that the cleaning agents are doing their job. For knowing when to exactly change your oil, go by the interval listed in your vehicle’s manual.

What does the “W” in the motor oil names mean? The “W” just means “winter,” indicating that the oil was designed to function in lower temperatures.


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What’s the Difference: Alloy Wheels and Steel Wheels

Alloy Wheel

If you’ve been paying any attention to what Honda’s been up to lately, you’re probably well aware that the automaker has been loading their vehicles up with some of the best features available, the kind that many automakers expect their drivers to pay extra for.


In addition to high-tech amenities such as Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, SMS text messaging functionality, and Honda’s unique i-MID system, many 2013 Honda models also come with alloy wheels as standard.


You might be wondering what exactly that means or why it’s a big deal, so read on to find out just what the difference is between alloy wheels and standard steel wheels other manufacturers use.


To start with, steel is actually an alloy, but it is one that we have become so familiar with that we treat it as a default metal these days, so that’s where the names come from. The alloys being used in Honda vehicles are engineered for lightweight performance and durability, while steel wheels are built for their density. Aluminum alloys can be cast and worked into a range of different shapes with ease, giving drivers unprecedented options for style.


Steel wheels are the old standby, and while some drivers like to stick to the old ways, the fact is that scientific updates have been sending steel wheels to the bottom rung for other automakers, and Honda opted to just do away with them like so many other low-end standards as they attempt to revitalize their base level LX trims.


To get a look at new alloy wheels firsthand, including seeing just how a new Honda handles with lightweight, precision designed wheels, you can visit us at Community Honda. You’ll find these updated wheels on all of our 2013 models, so whether you’re looking for a sedan like the Civic or Accord or something a bit larger – perhaps our famous CR-V – you’ll get alloy wheels right alongside the new tech features.


Contact our sales team to set up a test drive of a 2013 Honda today. We can’t wait to serve you!