10 Ways You’re Wasting Fuel

Save on FuelIt happens every summer – gas prices spike as consumer demand increases. Family vacations, long trips, and better weather all encourage driving and result in higher gas prices across the board and filling up the tank seems to empty the wallet.

However, there are a number of ways that drivers end up wasting gas, increasing their fuel bill and not getting anything in return. Here are 10 ways that you might be wasting gas, and how you can stop.

1. Flooring It

Few things are more exhilarating than standing on the gas and ripping up to 60 MPH in a few seconds. And few things waste more gas. Don’t putter along the on-ramp or create a safety hazard, but most of the time, gradual acceleration with just a little pressure on the accelerator will get your car up to speed perfectly well without burning a ton of fuel in the process.

2. Ignore The Lights

Stop-and-go traffic patterns are a major cause of wasted fuel. Cruising through green light after green light is efficient, letting your engine run at an economical speed and not wasting energy through constantly stopping and starting. Learn the timings of the street lights along your regular travel routes, and what speeds should be maintained in order to avoid the red-light cycles.

3. Keep Driving That Beater

Older cars have a certain classic style…but they also have ancient engine technologies that were designed in a day when gasoline cost 10 cents a gallon. Modern engines are vastly more fuel efficient while delivering similar power levels. An investment in a new car will pay huge dividends in fuel economy.

4. Buy E85 Fuels

Ethanol is a contentious issue, but one thing isn’t controversial: running an engine on E85/ethanol fuel cuts your mileage by about 7 MPG. Use regular gas whenever possible to maximize your mileage.

5. Let It Idle

Modern engines are extremely efficient in their start cycle. If you idle a newer car for more than about ten seconds, you’d be better off, in terms of fuel consumption, to shut it off and start it again when you’re ready to move again. Be careful doing this at intersections, but if you’re waiting for a passenger off the road, shut it down and save yourself some gas.

6. Drive In Traffic

You may not have a choice – but if at all possible, get on the highway when the road is clear instead of joining the commuter convoy. Traffic causes slowing and acceleration, wasting gas with every change in velocity. Cars get the best mileage when they maintain a steady speed – if you can schedule long drives for quiet times, you’ll see the results in the fuel bill.

7. Turn Off The Cruise Control

We like to control our speed, and we like to “get ahead” of other drivers. But if you’re engaging in that kind of racetrack behavior, you’re burning fuel for little, or no, improvement in your actual travel time. Get to the safe highway speed, engage the cruise control, and let the computer keep your speed and RPMs steady and stable.

8. Ignore the Octane Ratings

If your car requires a high-octane fuel, but you feed it regular gas, it will run just fine (thanks to modern computer-controlled ignition systems) but it will also lose mileage. You can lose 6 MPG just by being two octane rating points short of what your engine is designed for. It looks like a big savings to buy the cheapest gas – but for nearly all modern vehicles, the gasoline with the recommended octane level is the gasoline that will have the lowest cost-per-mile.

9. Blow Off the Maintenance Cycle

Oil changes, filter checks, sensor replacement – these maintenance tasks are unglamorous and easy to ignore. But they can also absolutely devastate your mileage, particularly sensors that fail with use. Keep your vehicle at peak maintenance, and you’ll make the money back by preserving your fuel economy.

10. Get The Expensive Tires

High-performance, high-grip tires might improve your safety (and sometimes that will be the most important concern) and road performance, but they also use a lot more gas. The “stickier” your tires are, the more fuel has to be burned to get them rolling. Don’t roll around on bald rubber, but don’t buy more tire performance than you actually need, either.

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Introducing the 2013 Honda Accord

2013 Honda AccordEver since the first Honda Accords hit the North American market more than 35 years ago, this innovative model has been a trendsetter. The 2013 Accord models, scheduled to reach dealers in late September 2012, continue this proud tradition with some substantive improvements to the base design and an extremely reasonable price point.

The most visible upgrade is also one of the most important to the driver experience: the passenger cabin has been retooled with a lavish hand. The touch surfaces – steering wheel, gearshift lever, door handles, etc. – have a much higher level of engineering and design than in previous Accord models. The speedometer, tachometer, and gauges are laid out in a sophisticated three-dimensional array that is both stylish and extremely functional. A dash-mounted touchscreen provides access to audio, video, and online services. Rear legroom has improved, as has the trunk’s storage capacity.

Safety features also receive a technological boost. Automated sensors include a forward collision detector, a lane-departure warning system, and a video camera mounted in the passenger-side mirror that automatically brings up an image of any car that appears in the Accord’s (very small) blind spot. The vehicle’s frame has been strengthened and made more crash-resistant as well.

The engine has been redesigned as well, utilizing an aluminum block and direct fuel injection. Lighter and more powerful, the new engine configuration delivers 12% more torque and 4% more base power. Drivers with a need for speed can upgrade from the standard 2.4-liter engine to a 3.5-liter V6. The suspension system has received a similar update, with a Continuous Variable Transmission that’s winning raves from reviewers for eliminating the “rubber band” feel some engines have been burdened with.  The new Accord’s standard automatic transmission achieves an impressive 26 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway.

The pricing for the 2013 Accord family continues to be aggressive, with base models coming in at just over $22,000 – a fantastic value for a car of exceptional reliability, well-reviewed driving performance, great passenger and driver comfort, and top-notch electronics and features. The 2013 Honda Accord meets and exceeds an already-formidable reputation for quality, performance, and value.

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Tips to Improve Your Daily Commute

Driving takes up a significant portion of the day for most Americans.  In fact, the average American spends 87 minutes a day behind the wheel, and drivers who commute to work spend over 100 minutes a day in the car.  With such a large portion of our lives spent behind the wheel, we would like to offer some simple tips to help improve your driving experience.

1. Reduce multitasking

In many states, drivers can receive tickets for second-degree negligent driving if they are engaged in an activity that leads to negligent driving and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property.  This includes talking on the phone, using other electronic devices, eating, applying makeup or any other activity that diverts the driver’s attention from the road.  We recommend the following to keep you safe on the road:

  • Minimize your use of your cell phone.   Several studies have shown that you are more likely to be involved in an accident if you are talking on the phone, even if you are using a Blue Tooth device.
  • Limit eating in the car.  If you must eat in the car, choose items that are easy to hold and can be easily eaten with one hand.

2. Improve comfort and convenience

 

  • Fully set up your vehicle’s “infotainment” center.  Be sure to take the extra time to configure all of your radio presets to your favorite stations and to update clocks, configure GPS settings, and integrate your mobile phone’s address book.  These shortcuts will help eliminate distraction and keep more of your attention on the road.
  • Make sure your seat and mirrors are adjusted properly.  Making adjustments to your car while driving can be dangerous.  If you share a vehicle with friends or family members, make sure to make the proper adjustments each and every time you get into your car.
  • Remove roof racks when not in use.  This will both decrease wind noise and improve fuel economy.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and bring a hanger for bulky and uncomfortable garments.

3. Maintain your vehicle’s safety features

 

  • Change your wiper blades regularly and use window treatments like Rain X to improve visibility and decrease window fogging.  If you live in an area with excessive rain or snow it is helpful to change blades and treat windows every few months.
  • Check your tires frequently. Tires that are worn, under-inflated, or out-of-balance, will increase road noise, decrease fuel economy and increase the likelihood of accidents.

4. Avoid traveling on dates with excessive traffic.

  • Commuting to work can be stressful enough, so plan vacations to minimize peak traffic driving.  Consider traveling on Thursday or Saturday during a 3 day weekend to avoid Friday traffic.

Please consider these tips when planning your commute or your next vacation.  Have a safe and fun summer!

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How often should you change your motor oil?

Many drivers wonder just how far they can drive in between oil changes.  Both the rising cost of oil and environmental concerns have caused people to decrease the frequency of their oil changes.  In this post we’ll discuss the important factors to consider when making this decision.

For years, repair shops and dealerships have told customers that they should change their oil every 3000 miles.  With improved technology, many auto manufacturers and auto parts suppliers are now telling consumers to extend their oil change intervals.  Advances in lubricant technology and the increased use of synthetic oil products have allowed many drivers to safely drive 5000 to 7000 miles between services, however, it’s always important to consider factors such as your car’s warranty and age, your driving habits, and your climate when making this decision.  Drivers living in areas with severe weather conditions (both very hot or very cold, dust, rain, snow, etc.) should consider more frequent intervals as should people who do a lot of “stop and go” driving.

Premium Oil Products

Upgrading to a high-quality synthetic motor oil and a high performance filter will allow you to drive up to 7,500 miles between oil changes.   Even though synthetic oil costs more than traditional oil, it’s longer life will typically save you money in the long run.  Additional benefits of synthetic motor oil include:

  • Better low and high-temperature viscosity performance
  • Decreased loss through evaporation
  • Resistance to oxidation, and thermal breakdown
  • Decreased sludge build-up.
  • Better lubrication during extreme cold weather starts
  • Superior protection against deposits in engine hot spots
  • Increased horsepower and torque due to less initial engine drag

If you upgrade your motor oil, you should also upgrade your oil filter.  Inexpensive filters often use low-quality paper for filtration which deteriorates rapidly.  There are a number of high efficiency premium oil filters made for extended oil drain intervals. High efficiency oil filters typically have pore sizes of 3 microns or less which studies have shown reduces engine wear.

Other Considerations

A good rule of thumb is to check your manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval in your driver’s manual.  To prevent unnecessary expenses you should follow the manufacturer’s schedule for oil and filter changes; especially while your vehicle is under warranty.

For most consumers with newer vehicles, we recommend upgrading to a premium synthetic motor oil to take advantage of the benefits for your engine and to save you time and money.

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How to Choose a Bike Rack for your Honda

 

How to Choose a Bike Rack for your Honda

Part 1 – Types of Racks

There are many factors to consider when choosing a bike rack for your vehicle. We’d like to simplify the process by outlining the most common choices and the important factors to consider before making your purchase.

The most important goal in choosing a rack is ensuring that the bike, rack, and vehicle fit together properly for a safe driving experience. Poor fitting racks are not only a safety hazard, they could also damage your bike, your vehicle, or other drivers’ vehicles.

Here are the main types of bike racks we sell at Honda Part World.

Roof Bike Racks

 Best for: Smaller vehicles, lighter bikes


Advantages:

  • Flexibility. These racks can typically be adapted to carry other cargo.
  • Security. Most roof racks anchor bikes securely to your vehicle with minimal bike sway. Most roof racks are easy to lock to prevent theft.

Disadvantages:

  • Overhead clearance. Watch out for garages and drive throughs with low ceilings.
  • Loading effort. It can be difficult to load heavy bikes or to load a bike while parked on a hill or uneven surface.
  • Capacity. Usually roof racks carry only 2 adult bikes.
  • Wind noise.

 

Hitch Bike Racks

Best for: Larger vehicles

Advantages:

  • Ease of use. Hitch racks are quick and easy to install and easy to load
  • Capacity. Hitch racks easily carry 4 adult bikes

Disadvantages:

  • Trunk access. Not all hitch racks allow easy access to your vehicle’s trunk or tail gate.
  • Flexibility. Many mountain bike frames required a cross bar adapter to fit properly on standard hitch rack.
  • Security. Hitch racks often require “stabilizer” parts to prevent bikes from swaying.

Trunk Bike Racks

Best for: Sedans and small cars


Advantages

  • Cost – trunk racks are typically more affordable than hitch or roof racks. Trunk racks are a good solution drivers that only occasionally travel with their bikes.
  • Simplicity. Most trunk racks attach easily to your vehicle without adapters and additional equipment

Disadvantages

  • Trunk access. Most trunk racks do not allow easy access to your vehicle’s trunk.
  • Capacity. Most trunk racks carry only 2 bikes.

Do you have further questions about which type of bike rack will work best for your Honda? Contact the Honda Part World team today for more information!

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Honda OEM Wiper Blades

Your choice of wiper blades can have a significant impact on how well you are able to see. Driving through thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and fierce winter snow storms are bad enough on their own, but when a huge 18-wheeler speeds past, leaving a dirty, muddy spray across your windshield, you want it gone and your field of vision clear as quickly as possible. That’s where the quality of your windshield wiper blades comes into play.

A small but significant percentage of vehicle accidents result from impaired vision caused by a dirty or damp windshield. In addition, many of the vehicles on the road today have windshield wipers that are beyond their functional lifespan. In most climates, you should anticipate changing your wipers every 6 months, in areas such as the Pacific Northwest, many drivers replace their wiper blades every 3 months. Fifteen percent of the vehicles inspected during National Car Care Month failed because of worn windshield wiper blades. And if you’re planning to drive your car through the rain, you must also make sure that the various parts of your windshield wiper system are in good working condition.

The windshield wiper system refers to the system of moving parts installed in your vehicle designed to wipe rain and dirt off of your windshield. The system is composed of the wiper motor, the wiper linkages, the wiper arm, the wiper blade and the wiper refill. All these parts work together to clear the windshield from anything that can obstruct your view while driving. All Honda vehicles are equipped with a high quality Honda OEM windshield wiper system, but these systems need proper care. Many people forget about the Honda OEM wiper arm. In case of damage, it is extremely important to immediately replace the damaged wiper arm with a new one.

How do you know when you need to change your wiper blades?

Colder weather is rapidly approaching with plenty of rain, sleet, snow and fog. Ice and snow can pack into metal blade frames and cause the blades to malfunction. During these weather conditions, good wiper blades are a necessity. Vehicle owners and drivers should keep in mind that it would be best to inspect windshield wiper blades at least every six months. Windshield wiper blades may not be used frequently but they do get damaged by several factors such as dirt and dust, UV radiation, friction and acid rain.

A good visual inspection of the wiper blade could prevent trouble later on. Look for cracked, nicked or torn rubber, or a discoloration in the blade surface. Next, run your finger along the blade surface and check for hard or brittle rubber or ragged edges. Finally, inspect the plastic or metal wiper body, looking for a bent or damaged frame that could affect wiper performance.
High quality Honda OEM wiper blades will make short work of that mess, while low quality blades will leave you squinting through smears, detracting from your ability to see what’s going on ahead of you.

Which leads us to our question…
Honda OEM Wiper Blades vs. Aftermarket?

Modern day wiper blades are modeled to mimic your eye, which blinks every few seconds, rather than continuously. Like your eye, every windshield is shaped differently. Your windshield wiper needs the correct geometrical pivot to keep the windshield clean and clear.

Honda OEM wiper blades are built specifically for your vehicle’s windshield. Improved wiping capabilities in rain and freezing weather, long lasting durability, and an easy to service design using a rubber insert that requires no special tools or high cost items to replace will leave a clean appearance from inside the vehicle with the wiper profile neatly conforming to the base of the windshield. The tough, sharp edge of OEM wipers blades produces a cleaner wipe and extends blade life.

When considering new wiper blades, you may also consider aftermarket options that attempt to match to the precision of a manufacturer blade.

Bosch, Michelin and RainX are the top competitors for an OEM Wiper Blade. Each manufacturer carries the benefit of improving weather visibility, safety and driving comfort, but they require additional products to repel rain, sleet and snow.

The main drawback to aftermarket blades is that they are not built to mimic your vehicle’s windshield, but the typical windshield wiper length of several makes and models. This puts you at a slight disadvantage when you’re looking for the best fit for your vehicle.

So now that you know the benefits of a Honda OEM and aftermarket wiper blades, which wiper should you choose? Why not choose the wiper that gives you the best protection for your vehicle? The wiper blade that was designed with your vehicle in mind.

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Honda Accessories: Headlights

Winter Driving Tips

With winter upon us, there is still time to make your vehicle ready for short days and bad weather.  Headlight performance is a critical safety factor during winter driving.  On many older vehicles we recommend the following upgrades to improve your driving experience.

Problem

Dim headlights due to yellow tinged and pitted headlight lenses

Solutions

Headlight lens restoration

Most auto dealerships and parts stores carry products that will help restore your headlight lenses.  This can be a cost effective way to improve the appearance and performance of your headlights.  Event though some people experience success with this approach, many find it too time consuming and are disappointed with the results.  We recommend this solution for headlights with only mild discoloration and clouding. 

Replace headlights with  new aftermarket headlights

This solution can save you money in the short run, and you can give your vehicle a custom look and feel.  Many online retailers sell aftermarket headlights at significant discounts, and there are many upgrade options including “halos”, HIDs and more. 

The challenge with this solution is long-term headlight maintenance.  Many aftermarket headlights will not fit perfectly with your vehicle’s frame, making bulb replacement an awkward and frustrating process.  Installation of custom headlights (halos, etc.) often requires troubleshooting and, once installed, aftermarket parts headlight frequently burn out or fail quicker than OEM parts.

Additionally, an aftermarket warranty is typically far less than Honda’s one year warranty on all OEM products.  We recommend aftermarket solutions for only those with patience and troubleshooting experience.

Replace headlight with an OEM Honda headlight.

This is the only solution that will return your headlights to their “new from the factory” condition.  In order to avoid installation and maintenance headaches we recommend replacing your headlights with genuine Honda OEM headlights.  Save over 20 percent on OEM Honda parts at Honda Part World today.

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Honda Accord: Past and Present

 

Click HERE for Honda Accord Past and Present photo album.

OEM and aftermarket accessories installed by Honda Part World include: Custom wheels, trunk spoiler, underbody kit, front and rear underbody spoiler, and tint.

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Honda OEM Accessories: Cargo Hook Installation

There are certain items you dread putting into your trunk.

Milk, Flowers, Eggs…anything that could potentially shift and be destroyed by turning a corner should not be placed in your trunk.

Luckily, Honda has an OEM Cargo hook accessory that solves this problem. Each hook has four separate hangers, perfect for a shopping trip with goods you do not want to get bruised during the drive home.

 

 

Tools Required:

6mm Rivet nut tool (T/N 07AAE-00A100)

Hex wrench

19 mm Wrench

10 mm Socket

Torque wrench

NOTE: This instruction (for a 2012 Accord) shows the Honda OEM cargo hook being installed on the left side of the vehicle. An additional cargo hook (sold separately) can be installed on the right side of the vehicle unless the vehicle is equipped with a navigation unit or a compass.

  1. Thread the rivet nut onto the mandrel of the 6 mm rivet nut tool (as shown)
  2. Open the trunk lid. Insert the rivet nut into the hole in the vehicle panel, and install the hex wrench on the 6mm rivet nut tool.
  3. Holding the 6 mm rivet nut tool with the hex wrench, turn the 19 mm wrench clockwise and install the rivet nut to the vehicle panel.
  4. Remove the 6 mm rivet nut tool from the rivet nut by turning the hex wrench counterclockwise.
  5. Align the cargo hook pin with the hole in the vehicle panel, and secure the cargo hook to the vehicle panel using the 6×20 mm bolt with the 6 mm plain washer and the 6 mm spring washer. Torque the 6×20 mm bolt to 4 Nm (3 lb-ft).

 

For a downloadable pdf version of the instructions, click here.

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Customization: Honda OEM Accessories: Back-Up Sensors

An increasing amount of today’s new vehicles are being equipped with back-up sensors. OEM Back-up sensors are designed and marketed as parking aids, yet their benefits affect more than just the driver when parking.

Two of the main causes of accidents are blind spots and distractions. A back up sensor changes the detection and response time for a reversing driver. With Honda OEM Back-up Sensors, you’ll be able to get yourself in or out of a tight spot, using parking spots you previously thought were too small and all the while protecting the paint on your vehicle.

How does a Back-Up Sensor work?

A back-up sensor uses four sensors that emit audible beeps into the cabin while you back up, signaling objects as you approach them. Those beeps quicken as your vehicle gets closer to objects, helping you in and out of tight spots while protecting your vehicle (and other people’s vehicles as well).

Features of an OEM Back-up Sensor

*There are three detection zones that give the following warnings:
Zone 1: Slow beep within 6.5-3.5 feet, flashing green LED indicator
Zone 2: Medium beep within 3.5-1.3 feet, flashing yellow LED indicator
Zone 3: Steady tone within 1.3 feet, flashing red LED indicator
(ranges are approximate and will vary depending on installation, weather and object size and shape)
*Detects only obstacles which are getting closer to the vehicle, eliminating false warnings.
* Both the sensitivity and the detection range are independently adjustable, allowing passive re-arming to maintain safety.
*Adjustable buzzer volume and tricolor LED warning module helps with object range notification.
* An OEM Back-up Sensor system comes with a three year warranty.

Your Vehicle’s Blind Spots

SBA.com conducted an investigation to measure the blind spots for several different types of vehicles: sedan, minivan, SUV, and pickup truck. The data they provide explains how the if bottom of the rear window rises, the car length increases, or if the driver’s height decreases, the length of the blind spot increases. The good news is that back-up sensors can help prevent accidents in all shapes and sizes of Honda vehicles.

The Greatest Benefit

Reversing accidents occur every 1.6 minutes in the United States. Over 300,000 reversing accidents are reported every year, and that doesn’t include the unreported accidents.

Most backing over accidents are the result of an object being obscured from view by a vehicle’s blind spot. The longer and taller the vehicle is, the bigger the blind spot may be, making it more difficult to see.
Kidsandcars.org reports that at least fifty children are being backed over by vehicles EVERY week in the United States. Forty-eight (48) are treated in hospital emergency rooms and at least two (2) children are fatality injured every WEEK.

• The predominant age of victims is one year olds. (12‐23 months)
• Over 60% of backing up incidents involved a larger size vehicle. (truck, van, SUV)
• Tragically, in over 70% of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.
The principle benefit of a back-up sensor system is that it reduces the risk to small children, other pedestrians and reversing vehicles by warning the driver of any objects that block their path.

**Additional sensors can be purchased for the front, center and corner sections of your vehicle**

Back-up sensors are an important Honda Accessory to prevent injuries and vehicle damage and should be seriously considered based on your car’s dimensions and your driving environment.

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