Archive for the ‘Vehicle Maintenance’ Category

Will installing aftermarket parts void my Honda warranty?

Thursday, June 21st, 2018
2018 Honda Civic Si exterior front red

If you are looking to install aftermarket parts or accessories to your vehicle, it is important to know whether adding these components will have an impact on your vehicle warranty. If you are wondering if installing aftermarket parts will void your Hondas warranty, there are multiple important things to consider. (more…)

Should I use regular or premium gas in my vehicle?

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Driver pumping gas

Regular Gas vs Premium Gas: Performance and Price

In recent years, there has been quite a bit of confusion around the subject of premium gas. Drivers of vehicles that call for premium gas question the reasoning, while drivers of vehicles that call for regular gas wonder if their vehicle could benefit from a little premium TLC. Howdy Honda is here to help educate you on the two different fuel types and which one will work best for your vehicle. Continue reading for more information on regular gas vs premium gas: performance and price, including FAQs and common myths.


Driving the Distance: A Look at Car Mileage & Cost of Ownership

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Whether it’s to the grocery store, the mall, work, a vacation hotspot, or just driving around the town, cars take you wherever you want to go. All this driving affects your car’s value and your wallet. In this infographic, you’ll learn how many miles Americans are driving, the true cost of car ownership, and how neglecting your car can result in a decline in your car’s value and efficiency. View Honda’s most fuel efficient models here.

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Credit: Drivesteady

How to identify brake problems on Honda vehicles

Friday, May 10th, 2013

honda-brake-repairBrakes are an incredibly important part of your Honda vehicle. Please make sure yours are working smoothly to ensure the safety of every passenger.

Brake Squeal and Wear Indicator

On Honda cars, all four brakes have audible brake wear indicators. So when your brake pads need replacing, you will hear a distinctive metallic “screeching” sound when you apply the brakes. If you do not have the brake pads replaced, they will begin screeching all the time. Do note that your brakes may sometimes squeak or squeal when you apply them lightly; don’t confuse this with the brake wear indicators. The brakes will make a very audible “screeching” noise.

Low Brake Fluid & Flushing the Brake Fluid

If your brake fluid is low, it may be leaking or brakes could be worn.

Brake fluid is hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs moisture. When that moisture finds its way into the braking system, it can corrode metal and seals. Flushing the system with new fluid removes the condensation before extensive damage occurs.

When you’re flushing the system, always use Honda Heavy Brake Fluid DOT 3. If this specific fluid is unavailable, only use DOT 3 or DOT 4 from a sealed container. However, only use these as a temporary solution. The use of any non-Honda brake fluid can cause corrosion and may decrease the life of your brakes.

Honda Genuine Brake Pads

Honda Genuine Brake Rotors function the best with Honda Genuine Brake Pads. Particularly since Honda brake pads are tested extensively on Honda vehicles in the most extreme situations and environments.

Now, it’s not only for this reason that Genuine Honda Brake Pads effectively help prevent premature disc wear and minimize noise. They’re also precisely engineered with state-of-the-art materials that produce superior performance, proper wear, long life, and are specifically designed to dampen noise and reduce vibrations.

Honda Genuine Brake Rotors

Brake rotors are vital to dissipating the heat that comes from the pads every time you use the brakes. Genuine Honda Brake Rotors are built to take that heat time for lasting performance and reliability. They’re made with the optimum mix of materials and compounds to safely withstand long periods of wear and to help prevent overheating and warping.

If your brakes show any of these signs, please contact our Honda Service Center in Austin by calling 512-443-4300.

5 Ways You Can Know It's Time To Replace Your Tires

Saturday, July 7th, 2012
When do you replace your tires?

The penny test is a great one to remember.

Ensuring your tires are road-worthy is an obvious safety concerns, but your tire health can also have an effect on fuel mileage and how your car drives overall. Following are some pointers about tire wear and how to know when it is time to kiss your rubber biscuits goodbye and invest in a new set.

Replace your tires if any of the following occur:

1. They fail the penny test. A good test for tire wear is sticking a penny into the tread. If you can see President Lincoln’s entire head, then it is time to get a new set.

2. Metal is exposed. If you can actually see the metal wires in your car’s tires, it is time to change them immediately.

3. Your car pulls to one side or the other. While this is likely an alignment issue, the tires have been wearing unevenly while this has been going on. Have your tires checked as well as getting your car aligned properly.

4. The tires are 10+ years old. If tires have actually been on a vehicle this long, it is difficult to trust them anymore, as they can damage much more easily.

5. The season of your tires doesn’t match the outside. If it’s winter and you have summer tires on, you are going to want to make a change. If you don’t, you could find yourself out of control when the first storm hits. All-season tires are a good bet, as they are rated for all four seasons, as long as they aren’t worn out.

To keep yourself safe and improve longevity, make sure to check the tire’s air pressure. Underinflated tires are the leading cause of wear on tires. If you keep them at proper inflation, not only will they last longer, but your car will drive its best as well. Remembering that having your tires rotated will also increase their life, as front tires wear more quickly than rear. Keep these tips in mind – and remember – we carry tires at Howdy Honda, so you can purchase and install them in just one stop.

Everything You Ought to Know About Your Engine's Timing Belt

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Honda Service Center in AustinWhile many people do a good job changing their own oil or tires, there are important vehicle components, such as the timing belt, that need to be left to the professionals.

The timing belt is what allows the crankshaft to drive the camshaft, which opens and closes the valves, and without it, the engine can’t run.

For this reason, changing the belt when recommended is crucial to your Honda’s maintenance. For Hondas manufactured after 1997, this is every 105k miles (not 60k miles like many other cars). DO NOT try to squeeze the life out of the timing belt because it will eventually break and potentially damage your entire engine; meaning hundreds of dollars worth of auto repairs and possibly an entire new engine.

Your safe bet is to replace the belt every 105k miles. However, if you hear slapping sounds coming from the engine, bring the car in because the timing belt might be loose.  You can also visually inspect the belt from time to time; you should look for cracks, shredding, excessive slack, or oil leaks from adjacent seals.

Rest assured that the small price you will pay to have the belt replaced could ultimately save your engine and save you a lot of money. Check your mileage and if your Honda is near the 105k, 210k, etc. -mile mark, bring it to the best Honda Service Center in Austin to get your timing belt replaced.

3 Myths About Premium Gas

Friday, May 18th, 2012

3 myths about premium gas | howdy honda blog Most of us have our parents to thank for bringing up such outstanding and productive citizens of society. They taught us right from wrong and good from bad; so we all know that high-octane, premium gas is better for our car’s engine. But, is it?

Ok, are you sitting down? Do you have a plush toy to squeeze? Good, because premium gas is not needed anymore! *Gasp* The shock, the horror! Well, yes, my dear friends, I must say that premium gas is no longer necessary. Cars have changed, engines have improved, but premium gas still costs about 20-30 cents more and owner’s manuals have downgraded it from “recommended” to “suggested.” Let’s take a look at a few myths that have been doing their rounds for the past few decades.

Myth #1: Increase in performance – If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this. If your car feels underpowered, take it to a mechanic because it’s definitely not from using regular gas. The only time you might need premium gas is when you tow your 40-ft yacht with your Honda Civic across the west Texas dessert. Besides that, you’re in the clear.

Myth #2: Some engines require premium – Like I mentioned above, there was a time in a galaxy far, far away when premium was “recommended” by the owner’s manual. Now, it’s merely “suggested.” The reason for this is that all engines are built to work on regular gas without any consequences to the longevity of the engine. So why waste an extra 20 to 30 cents at the gas pump for no reason at all?

Myth #3: Reduction of knock and ping – Before the Spice Girls became international superstars (for those of you that don’t attribute any meaning to this reference, I’m talking about 1996) using premium gas did indeed reduce knock and ping. See, our parents weren’t always wrong. However, in this day and age engines are equipped with a knock sensor that automatically adjusts the fuel to prevent this.

So if you are using premium, why don’t you do a little experiment? Try regular gasoline for 4 to 5 months and see what the differences are. Most likely there will be none and you can save about $200 a year!

What is a transmission service and why does my car need one?

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Transmission Service: what does it entail and why is it necessary? 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid exterior black side

So let’s start with the easy stuff; what is a transmission service? A transmission service is simply the removal of the transmission fluid via a drain plug and then adding new transmission fluid. This process gives the transmission a sort of “cleanse” that helps reduce the strain on the components within the transmission and prolong its life.

Why does your car need a transmission service? A transmission service is essential due to the fact that by removing the old transmission fluid, any buildup that has occurred in the transmission will be removed also. The old residue inside of your transmission can potentially contaminate your fluid over time and put unnecessary stress on the transmission, thus increasing your chances of having to replace the transmission all together.

Recap: A simple transmission service not only will make your transmission run better, but will also prolong the life of the transmission. In other words, you will be saving serious money by maintaining the transmission as transmission repair/replacement averages as one of the highest costs related to automobiles.

If you’re unsure of when the right time to do a transmission service is, check out your vehicle’s owners’ manual, Honda maintenance schedule, or contact one of the service advisors at our Honda Service Center. The service advisors and certified technicians here at Howdy Honda know pretty much everything about your Honda and they’ll be able to quickly determine when a transmission service is due on your car.