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How Does A Honda’s Brake System Work?

Your new Honda is a complex marvel of automotive ingenuity, innovation, and engineering. It’s made up of thousands of different parts which all must work together flawless. As part of a new series, we’ve teamed up with our Honda Certified Master Techs here at your hometown Honda new and used car dealership near Ocala, Honda of Ocala, to educate you about the many important components that comprise your award-winning Honda.

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In this installment, we’ll take an up-close look at how your Honda’s brakes work.

If you remember the classic TV cartoon show, “The Flintstones,” you’ll recall that Fred used his bare feet to bring his stone-age car to a stop. Ouch! Unlike Fred, when you push down on the brake pedal, it sets into motion a series of events that begin to slow your Honda, bringing it safely to a stop. Continue reading

7 Exclusive Ways To Save On Your Honda Service

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At Honda of Ocala, your Honda President’s Award-winning Ocala Honda new car dealer serving Leesburg and Marion County, FL, we know that you have many choices when it comes to automotive repair shops near Ocala, FL. That’s why we go the extra mile with our exclusive Honda of Ocala Advantage. With the Honda of Ocala Advantage, not only do you get our $1,000 price protection guarantee, complimentary 1st-year maintenance on every new and used vehicle sold, a 3-day vehicle exchange guarantee, and an exceptional 20-year/200,000-mile limited warranty on just about every car we sell, you also receive: Continue reading

Honda Of Ocala Has The Tires You Need

Are you looking for a great deal on new tires for sale in Ocala, The Villages, Summerfield, or Leesburg? Honda Of Ocala is your tire savings headquarters.

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Are Your Tires Safe?

Tires are subjected to all kinds of abuse. Uneven tread wear from misaligned or improperly inflated tires, common road hazards such as nails, glass, and potholes, gouges to sidewalls, and just general wear and tear can make the tires you depend on each day unsafe. Additionally, as tires age the rubber becomes less pliable and harder, resulting in a harsher ride.

That’s why it’s important to inspect your tires regularly. Check tread depth by inserting a penny upside down in the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, you may not have much tread left. You should also look for uneven tread wear, which could signal misalignment. Tires that wear unevenly will affect how your car drives by pulling to one side or the other. Look at the sidewalls and check for small cracks or visible gouges. Check your tire pressure at least once a month. Over or under inflated tires not only wear unevenly but can cause a blowout at highway speeds. If you detect any problems with your tires. Please take them to our Honda of Ocala Service Department for a courtesy inspection. Continue reading

Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Garage and Your Honda

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It’s springtime here in Ocala. The birds are chirping. The sun is shining. The gators are frolicking. (Do gators frolic? We never got close enough to ask.) So it’s that time once again to ponder the question that many Floridians just like you ask themselves this time of year: “How on earth am I going to clean out that unbelievable mess so I can actually park my car in there?”

Let’s face it: Garaging your Honda is the best way to protect it from the elements. But if your garage looks like a UPS truck exploded inside of it, then perhaps you could use some helpful ideas on how to create order out of so much chaos.

That being said, let’s explore some ways you can make your garage the envy of your neighborhood and a place your Honda will love to live in:

1. Take everything out of the garage and sell, donate, or trash what you don’t need – Sometimes it’s difficult to part with certain cherished items. We understand. But, do you really need all of those old National Geographic magazines, your collection of swizzle sticks, and that cracked bird feeder you’ve been meaning to get fixed? When removing items, be sure to safely dispose of any hazardous materials, like old paint or other chemicals.

2. Come up with a plan – Now that you’ve removed a lot of clutter, take a moment to plan where you want to put what’s left over. Having an empty garage will make it much easier for you to visualize where to put everything.

3. Clean it, paint it, scour it – A fresh coat of paint and a good sweeping can do wonders. A like-new-looking garage will help inspire you to keep it clean.

4. Keep things off the floor – Install heavy duty hooks and holders on the wall for brooms, rakes, mops, or anything with a handle. If you’re really ambitious, you can even install ceiling-mounted, drop-down shelving. Consider using pre-made cabinets with doors on them to avoid the temptation of randomly shoving everything onto open metal shelves or wooden bock cases. You’ll also achieve a cleaner, less-cluttered look.

5. Group similar items together – Make it easier for you to find what you need when you need it by putting similar items, like household cleaners, paper towels, canned beverages and garden equipment in the same area.

6. Decide what you really want to use your garage for – Maybe you want to use this new-found space for something other than parking for your car. Perhaps a place to show off your beloved HO-grade model train set, an art studio, or a place to do crafts such as quilting, woodworking, or scrapbooking. You can also divide your garage up into different zones for different tasks.

7. Label it so you can find it – This may take some time, but boy-oh-boy is it worth it. First off, organize everything by investing in some stackable and sturdy banker boxes or clear plastic bins. Then get out that Sharpie and label each box/bin so you can easily grab those ¾-inch screws or last year’s taxes. (If you get too carried away and are tempted to start labeling the dog or your grandkids, please seek professional help.)

See, how easy that was? But wait…there’s more! Now that your garage is tip-top-shape, it’s time we turn our attention to keeping your Honda looking new. These ideas will work for just about any make or model vehicle:

1. Give your engine a makeover– The buildup of grime, dirt, or grease over time can have a negative effect on your engine. Layers of caked-on dirt on the engine block, for example, will make it run hotter than normal. A professional steam cleaning of your engine compartment is the best way to remove all that gunk. Or, many self-service car washes have high-pressure washers which use special cleaning solutions if you want to do it yourself. Tip: Cover electrical parts like the battery and fuse box with plastic prior to blasting the engine with water to avoid shorting anything out.

2. Thrill it with the shining – No, we do not mean the classic Steven King thriller starring Jack Nicholson. Rather, we want you to take a shine to your Honda’s paint job by protecting it with a good quality paste or liquid wax. Another option is to have your Honda professionally detailed at your local car wash. (Tip: our Service Department here at Honda of Ocala carries an assortment of cleaners and polishers especially formulated for your Honda’s finish.)

3. Be a (wiper) blade runner – Yes we know, yet another obscure movie reference. Nevertheless, if your windshield wiper blades are showing signs of wear, like streaking, skipping, or noise, then visit our service department here at Honda of Ocala for a new set. We’ll be happy to install them for you!

4. Where the rubber meets the road – Changes in temperature have a direct impact on tire pressure. So avoid your own version of “Deflate-Gate” by checking your tire pressure on a monthly basis. Also look for signs of uneven tread wear, which may signal the need for an alignment. Pay special attention to any cracks or gouges in the sidewall which could cause a dangerous blowout. Rotate your tires based on manufacturer’s recommendations.

5. Be the chief inspector of fluids – Clear reservoirs for brake, power steering, and windshield washer fluids in today’s Honda models make it easy to check. If you decide to add brake or power steering fluid yourself, be sure and use a clean, unopened container to avoid contamination. Here’s another tip: your antifreeze/coolant levels should only be checked while the engine is cool to avoid possible injury. While we’re on the subject, one of the most important things you can do to keep your Honda running smoothly is to regularly check the oil and transmission fluids. Refer to your owner’s manual for the correct change intervals. Or take your Honda down to our service department where our Honda-certified techs can do it all for you.

We’re cleaning house on our huge Honda inventory
Here at Honda of Ocala, your number-one volume Honda car dealership in Ocala, Florida, we’ll show you just how easy it is to put a beautiful new, award-winning 2015 Honda in that garage you just cleaned. And you’ll have a real spring in your step when you see how much money you’ve saved when you take advantage of our springtime sales event going on now. Visit our showroom today at 1800 SW College Road, Ocala, FL 34471. Or to schedule a test drive, call our Sales Dept. at (888) 773-7091. To reach our Service Department, please call (888) 689-0050.
Sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/03/21/spring-cleaning-your-car/

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/698572/list/6-garage-organizing-tips-that-really-work

Essential New Year’s Resolutions for Your Car

Did you know? 45% of Americans make New Year resolutions and yet only 8% are successful at achieving their goals. This is mainly because people set unrealistic goals that are hard to achieve. Making a list of unrealistic goals then failing to achieve them will only leave you feeling lousy. Why not come up with more specific and realistic goals. For example, consider your car and how you can prevent it from overheating and breaking down. This will help you get to where you need to be in order to help achieve the rest of your New Year resolutions.

Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions every car owner needs:

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1. Get Regular Oil Changes
Engine oil helps keep your car’s internal parts clean and lubricated. This in turn helps regulate heat-flow which prevents your engine form overheating. Also, replacing old oil with new oil prevents dirt and debris build-up which causes engine damage. Be sure to get an oil change every 3,000 miles or change your oil at the start of a new season. 

2. Check your Tire Pressure Regularly
Tires last longer when they are properly inflated. Don’t let roadside tire problems and costly repairs ruin your day. Keeping your tires properly inflated will help keep your car balanced. Not to mention, save gas. According to the Department of Transportation, over 2 billion gallons of fuel is wasted each year due to poor tire pressure. Be sure to refer to your owner’s manual or get help from service experts at Honda of Ocala.

3. Keep your Fluids Topped Off
Whether you drive a car, a truck or an SUV, your vehicle should always have a sufficient supply of coolant, brake fluid, transmission fluid and power steering fluid. Be sure to check your car’s fluid levels on a monthly basis, especially when temperatures change drastically. Doing this keeps your car running smoothly.

4. Be A fuel Efficient Driver
You don’t have to endure an uncomfortable ride in a small compact car to save on gas. Whether you drive a Honda Ridgeline or Honda CR-V you too can save on gas by driving efficiently. Avoiding aggressive driving such as speeding, rapid acceleration and rapid braking will improve your gas mileage.

5. Keep your Car Clean
Take some time to clear out unnecessary items out of your car. This will give you more room and help keep your driver paperwork organized. Also, getting rid of excess weight will help maximize your miles per gallon. Once you are done with the interior, you can focus on your car’s exterior. Be sure to give your ride a car wash and a wax finish to protect your car’s paint.

This year, consider New Year’s resolutions for your car and kiss goodbye car problems. The trick is being consistent and paying attention to symptoms. If you don’t know the first thing about cars, have no fear! Let the experts at Honda of Ocala help you reach your New Year’s goals for your car. With our service specials you can save enough to put the rest towards any new necessary car parts for your Honda. Schedule a service appointment online or visit us at 1800 SW College Road Ocala, FL 34471. We look forward to serving you!