Should You Get Winter Tires for Your Honda?

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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.

What are the Warning Signs That Your Battery Needs to be Replaced?

Auto mechanic checking car battery voltageThe service center at Community Honda is here to help you with all your maintenance and repair needs. If you’re wondering about the condition of your battery, we can offer some helpful tips that can make sure you won’t be stranded due to a dead battery.

Battery Warning Signs

How can you tell if your battery is about to give out? Luckily there are some warning signs. Here are some tips that might help you prevent disaster:

  • Is your engine cranking slow? Does it take a while for it start up? Does it make that characteristic labored sound when you turn the key in the ignition? It’s probably because your battery is low on charge or having trouble holding charge. Might be time to have your battery replaced or at least have the charge checked.
  • Is the check engine light on? Are any other indicator lights on? If you see a warning light on, you should always check it out, but sometimes, any or all of your indicator lights that show could be related to a low or dead battery! Better get it checked out.
  • Low battery fluid level is a sign that you need to check or possibly replace your battery. It’s relatively easy to check your battery if you have a battery with a translucent section where you can see the fluid.
  • If your battery is three years of age or older, it’s probably time to get an upgrade or at least have your battery tested. Battery life cycles are generally three to five years, so pushing it beyond that range is dangerous.
  • Bad smells, especially a rotten egg smell, can indicate that your battery is leaking. This can require a battery replacement, or at least some service.

Let Community Honda Help!

Come visit Community Honda and let us check your battery’s condition and charge so you can drive with confidence! You can always stop by our dealership at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL or call us at 855-207-0308 to discuss you options. You can also schedule a service appointment online now and let our team of service experts take a good look at your battery to make sure it’s ready to roll!

Tire Safety Tips from the Experts at Community Honda

Putting Tire on CarHere at Community Honda of Orland Park we have some important information that every driver should know, so read on for a few tips from the experts at our Tire Center on safety. Remember that your tires might seem simple, but they’re one of the most important parts of your car – they are, after all, the only part of your car that touches the ground!

Tire Safety Tips

Make sure you follow these tire safety tips to keep your vehicle operating at peak performance:

  • Check your tire pressure regularly. That means you need to check your pressure with an accurate gauge at least once a month. You should probably check your tire’s pressure more often if the temperature or weather has changed dramatically or you’ve noticed any change in performance or ride.
  • Inspect tires regularly for damage, cracks, foreign objects, or trauma. Remove any bit of glass or other debris stuck in the treads to prevent possible future problems.
  • Check for uneven wear. If your tires have wear on one edge, then you probably need to change your tire rotation schedule. If you have erratic wear on other parts of the tire, then you might be having alignment or suspension issues.
  • Make sure that your tire’s valves have valve caps. Your tires won’t lose air without the caps, but the caps do protect the valve from damage.
  • Check your tire tread. A bald tire is unsafe, and checking your tread is easy: just use a penny. Put the penny, head down, in the tread, and if the tread does not come up over the top of Lincoln’s head, then you need to replace your tires.

Visit Community Honda of Orland Park Today

Here at Community Honda we’re happy to help with any tire issues you might be having. You can schedule a service appointment with our mechanics right now to make sure your tires are performing perfectly – we can do any balancing, rotation, or tire replacement or repair necessary for your vehicle. You’ll find us at 8340 W. 159th St. in Orland Park, IL near Frankfort; we hope to see you soon!

How Long Do Car Batteries Last?

Car batteries usually operate at full strength for about four years. But, depending on your driving habits, they may give out before that or last longer. The frustrating thing Auto mechanic checking car battery voltageabout having your battery die is that you usually don’t see it coming – one day it seems to be working just fine, and the next it’s entirely useless. There are, however, ways to predict when your battery will die so that you can replace it before it gives out completely.

Optimizing Your Battery’s Lifespan

There are a few things that can have a direct negative impact on the lifespan of a car battery. If you live in a particularly hot climate or you tend to take short, infrequent trips, your battery may need to be replaced after just a few years. You can extend the lifetime of your battery by taking the time to inspect it every few months. If the terminals appear to be dirty, you should clean the terminals with water and baking soda. If you notice corrosion or staining on the battery, chances are your battery is leaking and it’s time for a replacement.

Of course, if you bring your vehicle in to an auto service center for maintenance, make sure they inspect your battery whenever you bring your car in for an oil change – particularly if the battery is nearing the end of its expected lifespan. There are tests that they can run to determine how much life your battery has left in it. If a technician at your local auto service center recommends a new battery, it’s usually best to go ahead and get it replaced. Car batteries aren’t particularly expensive, and it’s a small price to pay for not having to deal with a dead battery at an inopportune moment.

Get Your Battery Tested at Community Honda!

If you think your battery may need to be replaced, feel free to bring your car in to Community Honda of Orland Park. We can give your car a thorough inspection to check for other possible issues and take care of any necessary maintenance or repair.

Auto Emergencies: How to Jumpstart a Car

So you think you might have a dead battery? If so, a jumpstart should do the trick. To find out if your problem is actually a dead battery, just turn the ignition. If your carJumper Cables makes no noise, you’ve probably got a battery problem. If you can hear the engine trying to start, you’ll want to try a different diagnosis.

Jumpstarting Your Car in a Few Easy Steps

As long as you have jumper cables, getting a dead battery to start shouldn’t be too difficult. If you don’t have a set of cables in your trunk, don’t delay – as soon as you find a kind person willing to jump your car for you, drive to your nearest auto parts store and pick up your own jumper cables. The order in which you undertake these steps is important, so follow the instructions closely.

To start, get the front ends of the car as close to each other as possible while still leaving room to work. Turn the cars off.

Find the positive terminal on the dead battery, and attach the positive (red) end of one jumper cable. Take the other positive clamp and attach it to the positive terminal of the good battery.

Now take one end of the negative jumper cable (black clamps) and attach one end to the good battery’s negative terminal. Finally, take the other black clamp and attach it to a piece of exposed metal somewhere under the hood of the non-functioning car. (Connecting it to the negative terminal of the dead battery will likely cause sparks to fly.)

Now, just start the functional car and let it run for a few minutes, then start the car with the depleted battery. Detach the cables in the opposite order of how you put them on. Make sure you let the car run for a good half hour or so in order to completely recharge the battery.

If the car still doesn’t do anything, you’ll want to get it towed to the Community Honda service center, where our highly-trained technicians will get you back on the road in no time at all.

How to Read the Tire Size Code

If you’ve ever tried to decode the strange string of numbers and letters stamped on the side of your car’s tires, chances are you ended up entirely mystified – and for good new tiresreason. The tire size code is precisely that – a code – and it doesn’t give up its secrets as easily as you might hope.

Deciphering the Tire Size Code

There is quite a bit of information encoded in that short string of characters, but it’s not too difficult to figure out what it’s trying to tell you. We’ll use the sample code P215/60R16 94V, which is a common tire size for the Honda Accord.

Most tire codes start with a letter. The “P” on our Honda Accord’s tire indicates that it’s a passenger vehicle type wheel. Just about every car on the road – except for big trucks – will have a “P” designation in their tire’s code. A “T” indicates that the wheel is a temporary spare – which shouldn’t be on your car unless you’re on your way to an automotive service center. Some trucks use “LT” tires.

The first number is the measurement is in millimeters and denotes the tire’s sectional width, or the distance from one sidewall to the other. After that number there should be a slash followed by another number. That number indicates the length of the sidewall height as a percentage of the sectional width.

Next, there will be some combination of letters. An “R” or a “D” indicates the type of tire construction – either radial or diagonal. If there’s an “F” after the “R” or “D,” the tire features run-flat technology. A “Z” before the “R” or “D” indicates that the tire is rated for a speed above 149 mph. The number after that is rim diameter of the wheels that the tire is made for.

The separate number/letter combination at the end indicates the load index and speed rating of the tire: a higher number means a higher load limit, and a letter that comes later in the alphabet indicates a higher speed rating (excluding “Z”).

Need New Tires?

If you just need a new set of tires, it’s easy enough to just bring your car into your local Orland Park auto service center. But if you’re looking to find out a bit more about your tires, the tire size code is a great place to start.

When is it Time to Get New Tires?

In order to stay safe on the road, it’s important to keep your tires in good condition. Proper inflation and periodic tire rotations can do a lot to keep your tires in suitable Tiresshape, but even the most well-maintained tires eventually need replacing. In addition to being a safety hazard, worn tires affect the efficiency and performance of a car, so there’s a direct financial benefit to getting new tires.

How Much Tread Do Your Tires Have?

The easiest way to find out if it’s time to replace your tires is to check their tread depth. You can purchase an inexpensive tread depth gauge from any hardware store or auto parts store, but the easiest way to check is with a penny. With the heads side facing you, stick the penny between your tire treads with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread doesn’t reach Lincoln’s forehead, it’s time for new tires. You’ll want to do this between each row of treads. If you don’t want to check this yourself, you can always bring your car into your local Orland Park Honda dealership and have the professionals check your tires.

In extreme cases, excessively worn tires can cause blowouts, or a loss of control in emergency braking situations. But the most common effect of worn tread is hydroplaning. Without sufficient tread depth, your tires can loose contact with the road in rainy weather, causing a dangerous loss of control. When it comes to replacing your tires, it’s best to err on the side of caution.

How Old Are Your Tires?

Most tires need replacement because of wear, but some need replacement simply because they’re old. Over time, even unused tires degrade. If your tires are more than six years old, it’s probably time for a replacement – and tires over ten years old present a significant risk.

Get a New Set of Tires at Community Honda!

It’s easy to get new tires for your vehicle here at Community Honda in Orland Park. Just schedule a service appointment online, bring your vehicle in, and we’ll have a new set of tires on your car in no time!

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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Learn the Benefits of Properly Inflated Tires

new tiresLow tire pressure is a common problem with an easy remedy. Driving with soft tires increases the amount of emissions your car gives off, wastes gas and therefore lowering your fuel efficiency, and are safer to drive on. Check your tire pressure at least monthly, but preferably more often than that, to ensure you’re getting the most out of your tires.

Save Money, Lower Emissions

Under inflation of tires is common, and according to fueleconomy.gov, you lose 0.4 percent of gas mileage for every one drop of PSI missing. So if your car is supposed to have tires inflated to 35 PSI and they’re actually at 25 PSI, you’re losing a lot of money. When your car’s tires are lower in pressure than they’re supposed to be, your car is having to work harder to move you from point A to point B, wasting gas and increasing emissions in the process.

Safety

Many cars have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System in place for safety, but checking your air pressure is a good habit to get into regardless. When tires are not properly inflated, traction abilities are impaired for hazardous driving conditions, and your tire is also more likely to fail (or blow out) while on the expressway. This can cause an accident at high speeds, so keeping your tire pressure at the proper inflation is important for safety!

How to Check Your Tire Air Pressure

The first step to checking the air pressure in your tires is to find out what PSI your tires should be at. PSI stands for pounds per square inch, and is a method of measuring how much air pressure is held within your tire. It’s literally the force exerted by all the little air molecules bouncing around inside your tire.

If you open your car’s manual to the contents, you should find a section about air tire pressure. The PSI listed is what you should inflate your tires to. If your tires are different than what originally came on the car, make sure you look on the tire itself for the PSI. It’ll be in little letters that are on the outside, with other measurements. If this is different than what the manufacturer’s tires are, then write it down in your manual for easy reference.

The next step is getting a quality tire pressure gauge. Any auto parts store will have a huge selection of tire pressure gauges, and it’s important to get an accurate one. Some people prefer manual ones, and some people prefer digital ones. Manual or digital doesn’t matter as much as accuracy, so do your research and get one that you can count on.

Then find an air hose! Most gas stations have air hoses for public use, and sometimes tire repair places will have air available for use as well. When you press the air hose to your valve stem, make sure you’re pressing firm and at a 90-degree angle to avoid damaging the valve stem.

What if My Tires Won’t Stay Inflated?

If your tires won’t stay inflated then you probably have a leak. These things happen over the course of driving your vehicle. Take your car into a reputable dealership like ours to have your tires checked for leaks. We offer many different services at Community Honda, and frequently offer specials on tires and tire repair, so come down during our convenient hours and get your tires checked.