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.
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.
It is crazy that we need Honda Civic Tips to help Civic owners keep their cars safe from being stolen, but here we are. Even in 2016, the Honda Civic is one of the most popular cars to steal. Here are some tips on what you can do to deter thieves.
Honda Civic Tips
Car theft statistics for 2016 show that the Honda Civic is still one of the most popular cars to steal, coming in at #2. But it is no longer all Civics. The car that is #2 on the theft list is the 1998 Honda Civic as thieves appear to be leaving the latter year models alone. Why?
Honda did step up and make some changes such as the smart key system that has been a very good deterrent to theft. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help the poor 1998 model. It is as popular as ever to steal. So, what can you do to keep your hands on your 1998 Honda Civic?
Well, get out of California! Statistically speaking, your Honda Civic is a lot safer in a state other than California, where the majority of thieves like this particular car and its cousin – the 1997 Accord. The Honda is a great running car, even one that is 20 years old, and car thieves know it.
There are so many Honda cars sold in California that stealing these older cars is a cottage industry. In areas with smaller populations it isn’t as much as a problem. So, move to a less densely populated state, never leave your keys in the ignition when you leave your car and lock your car up in the garage. This should make it highly unlikely that the bad guy will steal your ride.
We hope that one or two of these Honda Civic tips helps protect your car. Remember to bring your car into A1 Performance Auto Repair for regular maintenance.
Some of our customers will do a Honda brake pad replacement themselves or at another auto shop, because they are a little worn down. If this is done without machining or replacing the old rotors, it could make braking a little noisy. Here is what needs to be done to stop that noise.
Honda Brake Pad Replacement
When your Honda brake pads were initially installed the rotors were, too. These two items became worn together, so they “match.” Any imperfections, lumps and bumps on the brake pads wore a matching rut in the rotor. All was well with your quietly operating brakes. Then you came along and messed up their perfect universe with a Honda brake pad replacement.
Change the brake pads to brand new ones and they will no longer match all those little imperfections in the rotors. This will generate a little noise. It isn’t really loud, but you’ll hear it when braking and maybe even while driving. There is a cure.
If you hear this noise right after the pad replacement then you’ll probably start babying the brakes. Don’t do that. The cure for this noise is to break in those pads and rotors. So, have the car up to about 40mph and brake firmly to come to a stop. This will start to generate a little heat to get the break-in period going. Do this about three times in a row and you’ll likely have done enough to solve the noise problem.
If this doesn’t re-break-in your new Honda brake pads, bring the car into A1 Performance Auto Repair and we’ll take a look at the rotors and pads. We’ll make sure they weren’t installed backward when the brake pad replacement was done, a common problem! If the rotors need to be machined or replaced, we will do that for you.
Honda News of the month is the new Honda CR-V details for its 2017 model. America’s most popular SUV has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for the coming year.
Honda News on the CR-V for 2017
Honda has turbo-charged their popular SUV, upgraded its newly extra spacious interior and focused on upgrades for convenience and comfort. You can expect to be impressed with the precision of the steering and the comfort while you drive. Your SUV experience has become comfy and fun.
Prices for 2017’s CR-V models start with the CR-V LX (2WD) starting at only $24,045, making it a huge value in comparison to other SUVs on the market. Its gas mileage averages 26/32/28. The top model, CR-V Touring (AWD), starts at $33,695 and averages 27/33/29 mpg. These prices exclude taxes, license, registration, $900 destination charge and the options you might pick.
Honda Sensing™ suite of safety features like driver assistive technology come standard on the EX models now.
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
- Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
- Blind spot information System (BSI)
- Auto High-Beam (AHB)
- Driver Attention Monitor
The CR-V models were designed in Japan, but will be manufactured in the USA and Canada. Plants in East Liberty, Ohio, Alliston, Ontario, Canada and, for the first time, Greensburg Indiana will be producing this popular Honda SUV. The engines will be made in Anna, Ohio and in Alliston, Ontario. The CVT will be manufactured at the Honda plant in Russells Point, Ohio.
The CR-V for 2017 is featured in Car and Driver’s Top 10 Trucks and SUVs list for 2017. This complete resign of the CR-V from top to bottom will surely ensure its top spot as one of the most loved SUVs in the USA.
The Honda Civic Hatchback has the honor of being the second most stolen car again. Its sister, the Honda Accord, is the most stolen car in 2014. Again. There are some things you can do to help to avoid the bummer of finding your Honda missing. But, there is only one sure cure for this problem.
Honda Civic Hatchback
Hondas are popular. They are popular with young people living on a budget, and they are even more popular with car thieves. But, it isn’t just any old Honda Civic Hatchback that is getting driven away to the chop shop. The Civics and Accords that are being stolen are the models 1996-1999. So, if you don’t want to wake up in the morning to find your Civic or Accord missing, try buying a new Honda. Of course, Delaware was the odd state where the 2003 Accord was the popular model with thieves. Nobody knows what goes on in Delaware.
The reasons why these old Honda Civic Hatchbacks and Accords are so popular for theft are varied. First of all, there are a lot of them on the road. They have always been a popular, good running car. But, the mid-1990s Hondas are just plain easier to steal. The best way to avoid losing your Honda is to buy a recent model, even if you’re in Delaware.
Other Ways to Help Avoid Theft
There are some other things you can do to avoid theft of your vehicle, Honda or not. First, lock your car and take the keys with you. It is just good common sense. Other than that you can have a flashing alarm visible on your dashboard (real or fake). Install a tracking device on your car or a kill switch. Any of these methods might help deter theft of your beloved Honda Civic Hatchback from the mid 1990s.