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December 19, 2017
Signs You Need Honda Fuel Injection Repair
Here at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we want to share some of the signs you need Honda fuel injection repair. The creation of fuel injectors has helped make cars more fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly, but they can cause a few problems that will need to be addressed to ensure your car is running properly.
Fuel Injection Basics
To understand some of the common problems with fuel injectors, it is helpful to know more about the basics of how the system works. The internal combustion process generates the power needed for your vehicle’s engine using a mix of gas and air, plus spark plugs for ignition. The air intake system delivers air to the engine and the fuel injection system is how the gasoline gets delivered. For peak efficiency, the engine combines the correct amount of gas to the appropriate inflow of oxygen. The oxygen supply can also fluctuate, so the fuel injection system ensures that the gasoline provided also changes appropriately.
Fuel Injector Role
Fuel injectors are responsible for delivering the exact amount of gasoline needed by the engine, in the midst of dramatic changes and differing requirements. The injector is an electronically controlled valve that gets signals from the engine control unit. There is a gas pump that delivers pressurized gasoline into the fuel injectors. The fuel injectors open a valve to allow pressurized gas to pass based on indications from the engine control unit. A fine mist of gasoline is sprayed into the engine’s intake manifold. The manifold then delivers the gas to the engine where it is combusted with the oxygen also being delivered.
Understand Common Problems
Understanding common problems with fuel injectors can help you identify when your fuel injection system may need repair. If you notice any signs you need Honda fuel injection repair, contact us at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We can get your Honda repaired quickly so you can get back on the road fast.
- Dirty Fuel Injectors: Sometimes fuel additives can leave a residue on the fuel injectors. The residue burns and forms a crust. Such a crust on the fuel injectors can result in a weak and uneven spray.
- Clogged Fuel Injectors: Microscopic foreign objects, which are often rust, can cause fuel injectors to be clogged. The rust comes from further up the gasoline supply. It can come from the fuel rail or the fuel supply line. It can result from a car sitting for long periods of time without maintenance. When a fuel injector is clogged gasoline doesn’t make it to the intake manifold.
- Fuel Injector Fails to Open: If there is a build up of rust or additives, the fuel injector may not be able to close. Additionally, a faulty spring could cause this type of problem. If the valve is unable to close, the fuel injector will leak gasoline.
Now that you understand some of the signs you need Honda fuel injection repair, come see us at Independent Auto Care in Parker if you have a fuel injection issue. We provide great service and quality work, all at prices lower than most dealerships.
November 15, 2017
When to Replace the Brakes on Your Honda or Acura
Here at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we know how vital it is to know when to replace the brakes on your Honda or Acura. Brakes are so important to keep your vehicle safe and functioning at optimal levels. If you notice any issues, please come see us right away for a full inspection and service if needed.
Brake pads, calipers, and brake rotors are the main components of car disk brake systems. These parts will eventually wear out with time. Being able to tell when to replace the brakes on your Honda or Acura will ensure that you get repairs made before one failing part affects any of these other components which will compound the complexity and cost for a fix.
Factors that Change Your Brake Lifespan
There are a few factors that will change how long your brakes last. Knowing these factors may help you understand how to affect the life of your brakes.
- Driving: If you stop suddenly often and spend time riding the brakes, your brakes’ lifespan is going to be shorter. Gentle and smooth braking helps the pads last longer. Everyone needs to slam on the brakes on occasion, but the less often you need it, the better.
- Environment: City driving takes a toll on brakes because of the constant stop and go. Areas with lots of mountains or steep elevation changes are difficult on brakes as well because more brakes are needed to control the downhill speed.
- Brake Pad Hardness: Harder compound brake pads generally last longer. Softer brake pads do better in urban areas because they work well under low-speed conditions. Choosing a brake pad that is right for your conditions will be important.
- Materials: Different materials have different life expectancies based on usage. Carbon-ceramic brakes generally last longer than regular metal brakes but they are expensive and are often used on high-performance sports cars. Carbon-ceramic brakes also need to be warmer to work well. Regular metal brakes are still the standard for most cars and are generally the most effective for the money.
When You Might Need to Replace Your Brakes
Most brake pads should be replaced at around 50,000 miles. Depending on the type of brakes and the kind of driving you do, some brakes may need to be replaced at as little as 25,000 miles, while others will last up to 75,000 miles. If you are not sure how long your brakes are expected to last, check your owner’s manual.
Of course, if you hear your brakes squeal or scrape, you may need to have them changed no matter your mileage. Brake pads have small metal hairs at the bottom to let a driver know when it might be time to get the brakes changed. It is a sign your brakes have used most of the softer pad material. If the brakes feel jittery, you may need to replace the brake rotors.
If you need to know when to replace the brakes on your Honda or Acura, contact us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker. One of our certified technicians can take a look at your brake system and take care of any repairs needed. Let us keep you safely on the road.
October 15, 2017
All About the 2018 Honda Accord
Here at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we’re excited to tell you all about the 2018 Honda Accord. This has been one of the best-selling cars in the U.S. for good reason, but fans have been wanting a more substantial update to modernize this rather ubiquitous vehicle. From what we’re seeing and hearing, the latest model is really standing out from other sedans.
Let’s get to know all about the 2018 Honda Accord.
New Engine and Transmission
The V6 is no longer. Honda is using the I4 engine for the 2018 Accord. It will be available in a 1.5-liter base engine with 192 hp and 192 lb-ft. torque and in a 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder with 252 hp and 278 lb-ft. torque. Though it has a little less power than the V6, it’s close. Thanks to turbochargers, in-line 4 cylinders are comparable, so the demise of the V6 is no surprise.
The six-speed manual transmission will be available for both engines, though the automatic will also continue. A new 10-speed automatic will be an option for the 2.0-liter engine.
Change in Size
The 2018 Accord will have a longer wheelbase and the stance of this vehicle will be wider. Overall, the length and height will both be shorter to improve driving dynamics as well as style. There will be an increase in rear legroom which will please passengers. The wider stance of the vehicle should make it feel better on the pavement and smooth out the ride.
The new Accord will have a hybrid option with a 2.0-liter engine. Further details are pretty scarce. Honda is keeping quiet on the hybrid for the most part, though they did share plans to further increase the mileage and place the battery under rear seats to save trunk space.
A number of electronic driving aids will be included in this Accord: adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, collision mitigation braking, a driver awareness monitor, as well as blind-spot monitoring.
We’re hoping the latter proves to be an improvement over attempts by other automakers, which have been buggy. It is not a good sign if the system reacts to a row of parked cars or is delayed in braking for actual cars blocking the road. The systems are improving though, and we expect Honda to have one of the better versions.
New Look, Better Interior
As we mentioned, both the body and the interior are also changing in the 2018 model. The new design direction buys more room for backseat passengers who don’t want to sit with their knees tucked up to their chins. And a sleek, new interior dashboard, along with other interior upgrades look to be improvements over previous design choices.
Now that you know all about the 2018 Honda Accord, keep it in mind if you are thinking about buying a new car. In the meantime, if you need your current Honda serviced, contact us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We will take good care of your car.
September 15, 2017
Getting Your Honda or Acura Ready for Fall
At Independent Auto Care in Parker, we want to share some tips for getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall. As the weather starts to get colder, it is an easy time to get your car ready for the potential deep chill of winter. Fall is a great time to take care of some rather easy car maintenance that will save you trouble on the road.
Changing your blades annually in the fall is a great move for helping you prepare for stormy weather. A fresh set will be up to the task of cleaning your windshield and replacing wiper blades is a simple and inexpensive task. Be sure to get the correct size for your vehicle (use the in-store buying guide) and remember to replace a blade on the back of your car as well, if you have one.
Check and Fill Fluids
For the colder temperatures, be sure that your windshield wiper fluid is good for freezing temperatures and that it is full. Now is also a great time to check your anti-freeze as well as your brake fluid. As your brakes wear, some fluid loss is normal; however, if you notice a large drop in brake fluid volume, that could indicate a problem. If so, you could give us a call at Independent Auto Care in Parker and we can figure out if there is a larger problem that needs to be addressed.
Spare Tire Check
No one wants to get a flat tire only to be faced with a flat spare. When getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall, now is the perfect time to check the inflation on your spare tire. If your spare is located under your vehicle, be sure that the raising and lowering mechanism is also in working order.
Replace Your Air Filter
Properly getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall includes checking on your air filter. Typically, you need to change your engine’s air filter at least twice a year. So if this hasn’t been done in the last six months, now is the perfect time to do it. A dirty filter will reduce your car’s fuel economy, emissions, and affect vehicle performance. With a car tune-up, your air filter will be changed and other upkeep performed.
Check Your Lights and Battery
A good number of electrical problems and ignition issues stem from corroded or loose battery connections. Making sure that your battery is connected properly is an easy way to ensure that your battery will not cause you engine or electrical trouble. Also be sure that your lights are all in working order, now that the days are getting shorter it is important that you be able to see properly and that people can see you when you are driving.
If you want help getting your Honda or Acura ready for fall, get in touch with the experts at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We’ll help keep you safe on the road this winter and all year long.
August 15, 2017
Get to Know the 2018 Acura TLX
Our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker, Colorado keep up on the latest car models and think you should get to know the 2018 Acura TLX. Acura clearly still wants to pursue the sport-sedan market by bringing us a revitalized version of the 2015 TLX. We think it is worth your time to take a look at the new TLX too.
The 2018 Acura TLX engine offers the same amount of power, and the “A-Spec” TLX arrives with a firmer suspension and more responsive steering. It also includes an exhaust that is less restrictive and better looking. These are all fine points to be excited about. The A-Spec also comes with more road noise and looks more visually aggressive. It will make this car stand out a bit more without increasing your car insurance as a result.
The 2018 Acura TLX is a great value. The FWD is offered at $42,800 while the AWD stands at $44,800. This undercuts most of the competition while including some extras like wireless phone charging and ventilated front seats in the A-Spec version. This excellent value is even cheaper than the Acura MDX sport-utility vehicle, giving those who want to steer their spouse away from the wagon look an extra advantage. The TLR also offers mileage that beats the standard 35 mpg, an added selling point.
The TLX offers two surprisingly good Acura engines. The TLR 4-cylinder offers torque that is unexpected for a 4-cylinder. At the same time, the V6 revs up and sounds like a much more expensive car when it is at full throttle. The TLR offers a reasonable size with a certain style and elegance that is eye-catching yet reserved. We like it better than many of the chrome decorated breadboxes on the road today.
If the 2018 TLX were the perfect vehicle, we think it would offer options for larger brakes and a 6-speed manual. These options were available on the TL predecessor but weren’t purchased in enough volume to make them worth offering again.
Early Acura offerings like the Legend coupe and the Integra GS-R also had a youthful exuberance that some say has been missing from the Acura lineup. Acura has turned a bit more conservative over time and could perhaps loosen up. From what we understand, the TLR A-Spec is an early statement of a coming departure from these more reserved offerings of the recent past. We’ll be keeping an eye on future models that could bring an infusion of much-needed excitement to the Acura line-up.
Now that you have had an opportunity to get to know the 2018 Acura TLX, if you are on the hunt for a new vehicle, you certainly have a head start on what to expect from this new model. And if you already have an Acura that needs some attention, call us at Independent Auto Care in Parker to make an appointment. Since 2006, we’ve specialized in Honda and Acura car repairs and can give your vehicle the quality auto care it deserves.