Honda Engine Oil Dilution Problem

Honda Engine Oil Dilution Problem

If you own a Honda CRV or Civic equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine, you could likely have an engine oil dilution problem. The engine oil dilution problem affects over a million Honda CRVs, and Civics manufactured from 2016.

In cold weather conditions, fuel leaks into the engine crankcase. It mixes with the oil and increases the oil level to abnormal values. The mixing also reduces the viscosity of the engine oil to levels that may cause catastrophic engine damage. This problem has triggered reactions from various countries (including the US) where Hondas fitted with this engine are sold, including service campaigns and class action lawsuits.

The Problem

The engine in question incorporates “Earth Dreams” technology, Honda’s direct-injection engine that delivers fuel into the engine combustion chamber under high pressure. This engine has been praised for its good performance and fuel efficiency but suffers from engine oil dilution problems. The sprayed fuel in some cases and specific operating conditions do not burn off completely, so it trickles down to the crankcase and mixes with the engine oil. The continual dilution increases the oil level in the crankcase and reduces the oil viscosity. This reality increases the likelihood of engine damage.

Owners of such vehicles complained of illuminated check engine lights, the smell of petrol fumes within the cabin, and engine misfire. Sometimes the fumes made owners dizzy when driving.

What You Can Do

In a bid to address this problem, Honda in 2019 extended the powertrain warranty of all vehicles equipped with the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine in all 50 states of the US to six years and unlimited mileage, regardless of the predominant weather condition. So if your own any of these vehicles, ensure you check at your local dealership for eligibility.

This engine is these vehicles depend on engine heat to burn off these fuel vapors. As much as possible, avoid too frequent start-stops and ensure your vehicle reaches close to operating temperature before driving. This practice can help alleviate the problem.

If you are doubtful of the condition of your Honda, bring it over at A1 Performance Auto Repair. Our Specialists and technicians will check your vehicle and give you the best advice on how to resolve your vehicle problems.

Honda Civic: What’s Coming in 2022

Honda Civic: What’s Coming in 2022

Honda Civic, one of the best selling cars in America, is getting an overhaul and new technology for 2022. It now comes with a sporty and sophisticated new styling, passive and active safety systems, and advanced technology.

On November 18, 2020, Honda provided a glimpse into the all-new 2022 Civic on Twitch, a live stream entertainment service available. The 11th-generation Civic boasts characteristic Honda design elements such as low beltline, low and wide stance, and unique styling.

It also comes with more fuel-efficient and powerful powertrains, sportier and trendy chassis, and numerous other Civic features.

Civic Twitch – A First

With sponsorships to an esports team and a league, Honda has a heavy presence in esports and gaming. Their gaming platform includes collaboration with Twitch, the host to the Honda Head2Head gaming channel. Honda hopes to leverage the 17.5 million Twitch visitors to maintain a competitive edge in the market segment dominated by younger generations.

Civic Exterior Design

The Civic exterior design’s main focus was the Man-Maximum, Machine-Minimum (M/M) philosophy to optimize for the driver and the passengers’ needs. The shape is dynamic, and it has a sporty stance, with the characteristic 10th generation low hip point and lower overall height.

The design focuses on low front fenders and hood and a low horizontal belt line to ground the body and accentuate the wheels and tires. There are substantial changes, such as the relocation of the front roof pillars and side mirrors, to maximize driver and passengers’ visibility.

Civic Interior

The Civic M/M values are also apparent in the interior design with exceptional visibility and outstanding ergonomics while also adding modern technology and design elements.

The instrument panel is clear of clutter and is quite smooth. It has a honeycomb mesh design that conceals the vents and serves as a design element. The other top-of-the-range additions include the 9-inch full HD Display Audio touchscreen and all-digital meter cluster.

Civic Safety Features

The 11th-generation Civic introduces various new passive and active safety features. Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure has collision protection for both the driver and the passenger. The driver-assist technology and the airbag designs are now upgraded for improved safety. Get your 11th generation Honda Civic soon.

Common Car Problems That Happen to Hondas

Common Car Problems That Happen to Hondas

Honda owners are a very loyal bunch, far better than, say, Yugo customers tend to be. However, Hondas do have their issues, too. They are not the world’s most perfect car. If you’re shopping for a used car, the following are the types of problems they are known to have.

Common Car Problems of Hondas

All makes of cars have their issues and Honda is no different. Of course, different models will sometimes have different problems. So, just because a typical Honda problem is listed, doesn’t mean it’s a problem you’ll have. But it should be on your list of things to check before you buy. Here is the list of things that are common car problems of Hondas.

Brake Vibration

This vibration is caused by a warped rotor and typically happens over 90,000 miles. You might be able to have them machined, but it’s better to replace them.

Transmission Failure

Around 70,000 miles, the transmission might start slipping, skipping or have trouble shifting. Or it might just outright fail to work at all. Repairs are major – replacement or rebuild. Ask the owner if they’ve had the transmission replaced, if the car has over 70,000 miles on it. If they haven’t, it would be worth having a transmission shop look at it before you buy.

Squealing When Turning

Shuddering or squealing while turning can mean the compliance bushing is broken. This is something the Accords are known for as it reaches 100,000 miles. Typical repair cost is $600 or less.

Door Lock Weirdness

After 105,000 miles the Accord might have a power door lock go rogue. It’ll turn the locks on or off while you’re driving. It could affect the remote locking of the car, too. It might also affect your car’s alarm system. If a door’s actuator is the problem, it’s a $200 fix.

A1 Performance Auto Repair

If you have purchased a Honda and it needs repair, let us know. We are here to keep your vehicles running great.

Honda Brake Pad Replacement

Honda Brake Pad Replacement

You’re smart to do a Honda brake pad replacement early rather than later. The longer you wait to get the brake maintenance done, the better the chance rotors and other parts will need to be replaced, too. It can get rather expensive. But, have no fear. A1 Performance Auto Repair probably has a reward for your good maintenance habits.

Honda Brake Pad Replacement

If you keep an eye on our Deals page, you will see a brake pad special appear there. We frequently run specials for brake repair for Hondas and all other car makes. If there are no specials on the page for brakes today, take a look at that page again next month. Brake specials are one of our more frequent special deals.

Changing the brake pads is something you should have your auto mechanic do. If you try to do it yourself and you’re not a mechanic, you’re likely going to miss something that should be repaired first. Rotors might need to be turned to smooth some grooves. Sometimes they need to be replaced altogether. If you don’t do that when it is needed, then your brand new brake pads will just get torn to shreds very quickly.

An auto mechanic will give your entire brake system a good inspection to make sure everything is in working order before changing out the pads. You will come out ahead by having all the worn out parts replaced before installing the new pads.

A1 Performance Auto Repair

Stop by A1 Performance Auto Repair so that we can give your brake system a good inspection before doing a Honda brake pad replacement. We want to make sure that the problem is solved when you leave our shop. We pride ourselves on making sure we repair a vehicle’s problem before the customer drives off the lot. See our Deals page for brake discounts.

A Little Honda History for Its Fans

A Little Honda History for Its Fans

When we think Honda today, we picture maybe a Honda Civic or Accord. But Honda started as just a motorcycle company and is still a popular motorcycle brand name. Here are some other tidbits of information you might not know about this manufacturer.


Honda started out manufacturing motorcycles in Japan in 1946. By 1959, Honda Motor Company opened a shop in Los Angeles with 6 employees to sell their 3 motorbike designs. This turned into a booming bike business that is still strong today.

Honda sold its first car in the USA in 1969. It was little more than a motorbike with an outer shell. The Honda N600 was cutting edge technology. It had an alloy engine and body that were so light that it could really zip around the streets, getting up to 9000 rpm. The first Civic came out in 1972 and the N600 was no more.

In 1979 the first Honda Accord was available for sale. While the Civic was rather stubby looking, the Accord took more of a stretch Gremlin look.

It appears that Honda’s first love is cutting edge technology, which goes far beyond cars and motorcycles. Today they have their technicians creating other transportation like the Uni-Cub, a motorized unicycle. They are also involved in medical inventions such as the Walking Assist Device which helps people walk again.

In 1999, it was Honda that had the first automobile electric hybrid in the USA. Unfortunately, it didn’t catch on with the public due to many factors.

Honda continues to drive innovation and has their engineers making all sorts of products better, faster and safer. If it has a motor, Honda has probably developed the item already or is ready to issue their latest and greatest model of it.

Honda Odyssey Minivans Recalled for Back Seat Issue

Honda Odyssey Minivans Recalled for Back Seat Issue

There is an issue with the 2nd row of seats in the Honda Odyssey Minivans that can cause those seats to tip forward. So, Honda has issued a recall for these Minivans that were made in 2011 – 2017.

This recall is due to the seats in the rear not being properly locked, which will allow the seat to fall forward injuring anyone in the seat. Honda has issued a file that lets you know how to check the seats to see if they are properly locked. This file includes instructions on how to lock the seats. You can check to see if your minivan is part of the recall here.

You can take your Odyssey Minivan to Larry Hopkins Honda to have the mechanic fix this recall issue for free, if you don’t want to do it yourself.

Larry Hopkins Honda
1048 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Call for an appointment: (855) 382-0234

This is a recall issue that should be fixed immediately. If those seats are not properly locked then they will tip forward when the car brakes medium to hard. The repair is free at any Honda Dealer. It is important that you schedule an appointment right away to have this fixed.

Hondas are one of the most popular cars on the road in California. Their recall record was very good until the Takata airbags were installed. Honda was hit the worst in that recall. So, while you’re getting those seats fixed, ask if your airbag is also under recall. That is also a very serious problem. The airbag can shoot shrapnel when it is inflated.

A1 Performance Auto Repair cannot help you with recall or warranty issues with your Honda, however we’re here for you for all of your regular maintenance and repair work.

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