OHV BLOG

Regular Service and Maintenance

Posted on: October 29th, 2012 by julie

 

Today cars are more complex than ever, requiring regular maintenance and service inspections to keep all of the cars components working at optimum levels. Think of your car as a whole system. Wear or failure of a single component leads to stress on other components.

An example of this is the rear brakes in your car have seized up putting stress on the front brakes because you use them more to compensate. Now you need to replace both front and rear brakes. The problem with your rear brakes would have been detected during a scheduled service or maintenance inspection.

Another example is inspecting your car's electrical system. Poor quality or worn spark plugs or a marginal battery stress the ignition components and computer modules and can lead to power surges and voltage spikes. There are no surge protectors in automobiles. Additionally, a poor battery may only have enough power to turn over the ignition but not enough to power the computer. No guarantee your car starts next time. Checking and replacing your battery with a high quality one such as an Interstate* battery is one way of eliminating problems.

Maintaining and servicing your vehicle at recommended intervals increases the longevity of the drive train and allows better fuel mileage.

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Honda History

Posted on: October 24th, 2012 by julie

 

We at OHV Motors love Hondas because for the last 53 years American Honda Company has been a leader and innovator in the automotive world.  The first Honda car was sold in Hawaii in 1969, called the 600 Mini Car. The Mini came in 2 models a sedan (N600) and the coupe (Z600).  Originally priced at $1473 and $1610 respectively they came with a 598cc SOHC 2 cylinder engine which was basically a motorcycle engine.  They also were available with a 4 speed manual or optional 2 speed automatic. The Honda mini was 3 feet shorter than today’s Honda Fit.

 

Shortly before the Arab oil embargo in 1973 Honda introduced the Civic. The Civic exceeded the standards called for by the “Muskie Law” for lower emission with the introduction of the CVCC, Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion, engine which because of its efficiency required no catalytic convertor.

 

Honda Accord was introduced in 1976. There have been 9 generations of the Accord. 1989-1991 Honda Accord was the best selling auto in the US.

 

In 1982 American Honda opened manufacturing facilities inMarysville,Ohio. Honda Accords were first off the line in 1982 followed by Honda Civics in 1986.  They also expanded to include new engine and transmission plants.  Honda became an American made automobile and was exported back to Japan.

 

The Acura line of Honda was introduced in 1986.  Integra and Legend topped JD Powers Customer Satisfaction Index from 1986-1989.

 

Honda’s first “super car”, the NSX was introduced in 1991. The NSX was Automobile Magazine’s Auto of the Year.

 

A couple of other Honda firsts were the Honda EV Plus electric car in 1997 and the Honda Insight, the first gas/electric hybrid sold in theUSin 2000.

 

Since 2000 Honda has continued to be innovative and exciting incorporating new technology in each year’s new models.