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February 28, 2018
How Do I Get My Honda Serviced Without Voiding the Warranty?
How do I get my Honda serviced without voiding the warranty? Here at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we hear this question all the time. Many people believe that you have to go to your dealer for service or you’ll cancel out the warranty. That’s simply not true. Today we’ll shed a little light on what you need to know.
Warranties are promises, usually by a manufacturer, that include fixing defects or failures that occur within a specific period of time. The warranty pays for those repairs or parts that fail during the warranty period as long as it meets certain conditions.
Must I Use a Dealer to Keep My Warranty Effective?
It is a common misconception that you must use a dealer to get a Honda serviced without voiding the warranty. In fact, independent mechanics, retail repair shops, and even you can perform repairs and routine maintenance on your Honda or any vehicle while keeping your warranty valid. It is illegal for dealers or manufacturers to deny coverage because someone else did the work.
However, dealers and manufacturers can require that your Honda repairs be performed at certain facilities if the repairs will be free of charge under the warranty.
Then there are situations where a repair is not covered under warranty. For example, if you replaced a belt on your vehicle but didn’t install it correctly and this caused the belt to fail, your warranty would not cover it. It’s then up to the manufacturer to demonstrate that the improper installation caused the belt to fail, not some other problem.
If you need a repair or routine maintenance contact us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker to have your Honda serviced without voiding the warranty.
Are Aftermarket or Recycled Parts OK?
It is acceptable to use an aftermarket part or recycled product on your Honda and still keep your warranty in effect. However, if your dealer is replacing a part for free, as part of the warranty, they can require that certain parts be used.
Also, if an aftermarket or recycled part damages any parts that normally would have been covered by the warranty, a manufacturer has the right to deny the claim because their product/workmanship was not responsible for the damage. In our experience (and our ASE certified techs have decades of it), we typically recommend not taking any chances while under warranty and primarily use OEM parts for the auto repairs we perform.
Ways to Avoid Warranty Issues
To get the most out of your Honda warranty, it is helpful to read and understand it first. If you have any questions, we have answers! Also, be aware of your warranty period, so that if you have an issue, you get it checked out before your warranty expires. Additionally, it is helpful to get your Honda serviced regularly to be sure that your Honda warranty is kept intact. Keep all your service records and receipts so that you have proof of maintenance if needed.
So, how do I get my Honda serviced without voiding the warranty? Just bring it to us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We can make sure your Honda is well cared for with high quality repairs and maintenance.
January 16, 2018
Misconceptions About Honda Auto Repair
Here at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we want to clear up a few misconceptions about Honda auto repair. Many people believe some of the myths floating around out there, so it is always a good idea to separate fact from fiction.
Every Auto Shop Wants to Rip Customers Off
The misconception is that mechanics take advantage of customers, particularly those who are less knowledgeable or more vulnerable. The idea is that a mechanic knows how to use their vast knowledge of the vehicle’s complexity to exaggerate issues and manipulate data to rip off customers.
The truth is that the auto repair industry is built on good relationships and the majority of auto repair businesses are hardworking and honest. Most auto repair shops understand that even the appearance of taking advantage of the customer damages the relationship and harms the repair shop in the long run. Particularly in today’s world, unhappy customers put their opinions on public forums and social media, making auto repair shops more aware of even the slightest issue. Keeping customers happy is the best way for a repair shop to keep a customer’s loyalty.
Here at Independent Auto Care in Parker, we are only looking to help our customers by providing excellent service and honest repair. If you need a repair on your Honda vehicle, you can trust that we’ll never exaggerate the issue or inflate costs. Just take a look at what customers have to say about us on Yelp.
Only the Dealership can Perform Certain Repairs
Another of the misconceptions about Honda auto repair is that certain fixes require a dealer. Some people even think that a dealership is better for some specific repairs or will offer discounts that a repair shop will not be able to provide. This misconception seems to be particularly strong among foreign car owners.
The reality is that repair shops have all the tools to perform repairs, particularly if they specialize in specific vehicle brands. Additionally, many repair shops offer coupons and discounts. Some even offer free courtesy services and so the dealership is not the only place for a good deal.
Only Dealerships Employ the Best Auto Mechanics
The misconception is that dealerships have better tools, better customer service, and even better mechanics. People believe that you when you take your car to a dealer, you are paying for the best service available.
The reality is that every auto repair shop, including dealers, are going to have a range of skill and experience available. Taking your Honda to the dealership is not going to ensure that anything is better. Dealerships are not the exclusive owners of excellent repairs. In fact, dealerships can and sometimes do perform poor repairs at a premium price.
Here at Independent Auto Repair in Parker, our ASE certified technicians have over 65 combined years of experience specializing in Honda and Acura auto repairs. Any year, make or model, we know your vehicle inside and out. We provide quality repairs without the hassle and cost of going to your dealership. Give us a call and put our expertise to the test.
Don’t fall victim to misconceptions about Honda auto repair. If you need repair on your Honda, contact us here at Independent Auto Care in Parker. We have the experience you can trust.
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.