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May 16, 2017

Weekend Road Trips for You and Your Honda

Weekend Road Trips for You and Your HondaNow that we are headed toward summer you might be thinking about weekend road trips for you and your Honda. At Independent Auto Care, we love a good road trip and have a few recommendations to get you on your way. Of course, before any great adventure that you embark on, be sure to stop by for any needed maintenance, such as new tires, an oil change, even a quick brake check. We’ll make sure you enjoy a fun and safe trip.

Colorado Wine Country

Colorado Wine Country is about 4 hours away around Palisade, CO though there are plenty of wineries you could visit along the way. Once on the road, you could also stop and do some shopping at Silverthorne Factory Outlets in Silverthorne or make a pit stop in Glenwood Springs.

Once you arrive in Palisade, you can find a great place to stay at a bed and breakfast. A guided tour at one of several great wineries is a fantastic way to experience wines of the area or hit a few tasting rooms on a bike ride. Palisade also offers great hikes and biking as well as other outdoor activities. This road trip is an excellent choice for a romantic getaway, anniversary, or just a weekend of rest, outdoors, and wine.

Santa Fe, NM

Roughly 6 hours away, Santa Fe offers hundreds of art galleries, along with several large museums and is becoming known as one of the major art centers in the U.S. Accommodations range from camping to world class resorts so you are bound to find the perfect place to match your style and budget. Santa Fe’s art experience is unique in that it offers relaxed, outdoorsy feel to its art scene which feels accessible and relaxing for everyone.

Moab, UT

A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Moab is a great place for mountain biking, climbing, river rafting and more. The Canyonlands National Park provides some eye-popping scenery and a great escape from day to day drudgery. Even for those who don’t enjoy the outdoors, Moab offers a beautiful red-rock backdrop for any activity making a visit worth the drive.

Mount Rushmore, Black Hills National Forest, SD

If you haven’t seen one of our nation’s most famous landmarks, this 6-hour drive is for you. While you are there, you can take a hike in the Badlands to see some of the world’s richest fossil beds. Be sure to check out the Chief Crazy Horse memorial whose unfinished size is impressive and actually exceeds Mount Rushmore’s. You can camp in Custer State Park or choose a place to stay in nearby Rapid City. This area is rich in important sites and scenery.

Omaha, NE

If you’re a music lover, the indie music scene in Omaha might be a great weekend get-away for you. Though it is almost an 8-hour drive away, the available music choices can provide some worthwhile live performances. Omaha’s surrounding scenery is easy on the eyes as well. Check their calendar of events—you may be able to pop in on one of several festivals that are held there, for a rockin’ weekend.

We here at Independent Auto Care hope that these weekend road trips for you and your Honda provide some ideas for an upcoming weekend getaway that will leave you rested and ready for more road trip adventures. If you need to get your Honda ready for your road adventures, give us a call and we will help with any needed services, car air conditioning repair to vehicle tune-ups.

April 17, 2017

Important Spring Services for Your Honda Vehicle

Important Spring Services for Your Honda VehicleWith the weather warming, it’s time to have our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker provide important spring services for your Honda vehicle. We know that sunny days and temperatures on the rise mean you’ll be driving around more, so let’s make sure your Honda is maintained and ready to go. Even slight changes in temperature and road conditions as the weather turns warmer can have major effects on your vehicle.

It’s important to keep your vehicle in good shape by performing appropriate maintenance as the seasons change. It can help you save money on repairs, avoid vehicle breakdowns, and keep your car safe. In addition to things like oil changes and refilling fluids, you should also consider having your brakes checked, cleaning the interior and exterior of your car, and don’t forget to have those winter tires swapped out for all-seasons.

Check Your Brakes

A winter of ice and snow, plus the salt and chemicals on the road can put a brutal stress on your vehicle. Some of the things that can be affected are the car’s disc brake mechanisms. You should check out whether winter driving has caused corrosion issues inside your Honda’s braking system. Checking your brakes is an important safety precaution. Finding out your car has a brake problem while you are driving creates even more dangers. So, now that spring is here, we can check your brakes and make sure everything is working well. If it’s not, we can fix the problem and allow you to drive with confidence in your brakes.

Change Winter Tires

Did you use snow tires on your vehicle for the winter? If you did, you should now change your tires back to all-season tires or summer tires. Snow tires are made from a softer rubber compound made for colder temperatures below 7 degrees Celsius. These tires offer greater flexibility and grip for winter roads. As temperatures get warmer it causes more wear on those tires. You can avoid it by changing the tires after the snow is gone and the weather is sunny. Store your snow tires until next winter. Make sure you get a vehicle alignment to preserve the tread of your tires and prevent any related issues.

Clean the Interior and Exterior

The harsh winter weather can significantly damage the interior and exterior of your Honda. Cleaning your car helps get rid of damaging road salt and chemicals, particularly under the car and includes polishing, cleaning, and protecting of the car’s exterior, as well as completely cleaning the interior. You should also vacuum and clean your trunk, wax the exterior, fix any paint problems, and possibly include an engine shampoo.

With spring just around the corner, now is an ideal time to take care of your Honda vehicle. By following the above three tips, you can enhance your vehicle’s safety, improve performance, as well as make your car look great.

So, as you welcome the warm weather of spring, our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you complete important spring services for your Honda vehicle. We can get your car road worthy for the nice weather. At Independent Auto, we provide our customers with the highest quality auto repair and service for all makes and models of Honda and Acura.

March 28, 2017

Car and Driver Gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-Star Review

Car and Driver Gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-Star ReviewDid you know that Car and Driver gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-star review? Our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker always recommend that you look at the car ratings before you buy, so you can get the best car for your money and one that will serve your vehicle needs. If you’re considering the CR-V, let’s cover what landed this vehicle such a glowing assessment.

Car and Driver named the CR-V one of the 10 Best Trucks and SUVs for 2017 thanks to its contemporary styling, engaging driving dynamics, as well as a spacious and practical interior. With two fuel-efficient powertrains, including the first-ever turbocharged engine in a CR-V. It has good cargo storage, upscale interior packaging, and the most advanced active-safety and driver-assist equipment available.

So, what does 2017 hold for the Honda CR-V? According to Car and Driver, the CR-V is highly improved for 2017. It’s redesigned and reengineered with more style, more space, more technology and a turbocharged engine. It also includes available adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and a driver-attention monitor. The CR-V is roomier inside, with upgraded materials like a soft-touch dashboard and exquisitely stitched seats. Some standard features include a multi-angle backup camera, power exterior mirrors, keyless entry, and Bluetooth connectivity.

For $2650 more than the base LX, the EX has heated side mirrors, automatic high-beams, remote start, smart entry and a push-button start, plus a power sunroof. The standard features are a turbocharged 190-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four, heated front seats with 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and 7.0-inch touchscreen HondaLink infotainment with Apple CarPlay. Car and Driver gave its infotainment a 3 1/2 stars, reporting it lacked controls had slow infotainment responses, and the absence of an auxiliary reduced its rating.

The front-wheel drive is adequate for most circumstances, but if you need an all-wheel drive you can add it on for $1300.

Looking at specifics, Car and Driver gave the CR-V engine and transmission a 5-star rating. It’s got a turbocharged engine and one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVTs) available. The base model LX has a 2.4-liter inline-four that makes 184 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque.

The CR-V gets a 5-star rating from Car and Driver for its fuel economy, too. In fact, it is the most fuel-efficient compact crossover Car and Driver has tested so far, and it’s not a hybrid. The powertrain with all-wheel drive gives EPA ratings of 27 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, better than any other competitor.

Impressively, the powerful turbocharged engine will go farther on a gallon than the standard 2.4-liter inline-four. The EPA rates the engine with all-wheel drive at 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway. The front-wheel drive is 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

The CR-V’s performance and driving impression earned another 5-star score from Car and Driver. Ride, handling, and steering the CR-V did great with good cornering, sharp steering and one of the best-handling crossovers. The brake pedal is responsive and you get the stopping power you need. It stopped in 166 feet from 70 mph in Car and Driver braking tests.

Its cargo space and storage earned yet another 5-stars. The CR-V leads its class in cargo volume and luggage space. The rear hatch made it easy to load with a power tailgate that has programmable height; it’s standard on the EX-L and the Touring. The Touring also has hands-free, foot-activated access to the tailgate.

Finally, Car and Driver gives the CR-V’s exterior a five-star rating. It has 8.2 inches of ground clearance with all-wheel drive.

It’s impressive that Car and Driver gives 2017 Honda CR-V a 5-star review. If you have a Honda and are looking for a place for repairs and maintenance, our technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker provide our customers with the best quality auto repair for all makes and models of Honda and Acura. Call or contact us today if you need to make an appointment.

February 14, 2017

Best-Selling Car of the Year in 2016, The Honda Civic

Best-Selling Car of the Year in 2016, The Honda CivicOur congratulations go to the best-selling car of the year in 2016, the Honda Civic. Last year, the Honda Civic had a substantial redesign and Honda introduced the first non-Civic Si turbocharged engine to its vehicle line up. If your first car-love is the Civic, our ASE-certified technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker can help you keep your Honda running smooth.

What makes the Honda Civic the favorite of so many drivers? Well, its appeal stretches wide based on several unique characteristics. One of the things that everybody notices right away is the spacious interior. It’s a compact car, so you think it’s going to feel cramped inside, but Honda’s new 2016 Civic design makes it feel roomy instead. Its sporty, performance-focused new exterior design has increased it popularity as well. You might have noticed its new turbocharged 1.5-liter engine. That’s a bonus, along with the Civic’s outstanding fuel efficiency. Additional favorite features include the more advanced technology and many safety options.

So, what about Honda Civic’s 2017 model? Well, Kelly Blue Book says it wins the overall best buy award for 2017. Why? It’s an affordable and efficient compact sedan and that’s what everyone is looking for. Here’s what we mean: the 2017 Civic has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price of just $18,740 and it achieves a standard fuel economy of 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 31 miles per gallon in the city. But if you get a Civic with the new turbocharged engine option, then the fuel economy improves even more. With the turbocharged engine it can get a standard fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon on the highway and 32 miles per gallon in the city. The 2017 Honda Civic lineup also includes a stylish, practical hatchback.

Honda offers the Civic in these colors: cosmic blue metallic, aegean blue metallic, burgundy night pearl, rally red, crystal black pearl, modern steel metallic, lunar silver metallic, white orchid pearl, taffeta white.

What else do people like about the 2017 Civic? Well, it’s got a lot of space for your passengers, too. That’s always an attractive feature. Even with five passengers, it’s not cramped. The vehicle also has advanced technology that enhances the vehicle safety, like Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking, Honda LaneWatch and a Lane Keeping Assist System.

The best-selling car of the year in 2016, the Honda Civic has earned its popularity and it doesn’t stop there. The new 2017 Civics is already getting great reviews. Our customers tell us how much they love to drive their Civics. With all of the its features and advantages, the Honda Civic has developed quite a following. The attractive redesign just adds even more appeal. If you have a Honda Civic, our ASE-certified technicians will help you take good care of it. When you need quality auto repair or maintenance service for your Honda and Acura vehicles, just call our pros here at Independent Auto Care in Parker.

January 12, 2017

Acura Recalls 106K MDX Models for AC System Bolt

Independent Auto Care in Parker Acura Recalls 106K MDX Models for AC System Boltis locally owned and operated and we’ve specialized in Honda and Acura vehicles since 2006. Our ASE-certified technicians are experts in Honda and Acura car and truck repair, so we like to keep our customers informed of things that might affect them, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) announcement that Acura recalls 106K MDX models for AC system bolt problem.

Recall for Acura MDX 2014-2015

The NHTSA gave out information about the recall (#15V417000) for the air conditioning system on 106,439 units of the 2014-105 Acura MDX with production dates between April 23, 2013, and December 16, 2014. This recall doesn't involve a major safety concern, but if you live in a warm climate or your summers are very hot, you might want to get your air conditioning fixed.

The recall problem is focused on the bolts on the air conditioning compressor clutch drive which may be missing the anti-corrosion coating. Because of this, the air conditioner clutch drive bolt may loosen or break, which could cause the AC clutch drive pulley to fall under the vehicle while in motion, potentially presenting a hazard to other vehicles.

No injuries or crashes: There have been no instances of injuries or crashes reported from Acura regarding this air conditioning recall issue. Acura discovered the issue through warranty claims about the air conditioning not working.

What needs to be fixed: Luckily, it’s an easy solution. Authorized dealers will replace the air conditioning bolts. They will also inspect the AC clutch plate and will replace it if needed. The repairs for replacing the AC bolts have already begun on some vehicles, according to NHTSA.

Next steps to take: Honda will notify you, instructing you to take your car to a dealer to replace the air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolt and install a new clutch plate if necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Acura client relations at 1-800-382-2238. The Honda number is JQ7 for this recall. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Contacting Acura: If your car falls within this recall group, take it to an authorized Honda dealer as soon as you get notice of the recall from Acura. The notices went out last July, so if you haven’t received your notice you can contact Acura at www.recalls.acura.com or call (800) 382-2238 and choose option 4.

Hopefully, that sums up everything you need to know. If you have a car that is affected by the recall, here are the full, technical recall details for the 2014 Acura MDX:

Recall Problem: Air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts may corrode

Recall Report: July 01, 2015

NHTSA Recall Number: #15V417000

Components: Equipment-Air conditioning bolts

Number of Units Possibly Affected: 106,439

Vehicle Make Model Years: ACURA MDX 2014-2015

Manufacturer: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.)

Recall Issues: Honda is recalling the model years 2014-2015 Acura MDX and MDX AWD vehicles manufactured April 23, 2013, to December 16, 2014. The affected vehicles have air conditioning compressor clutch drive bolts that may not have gotten the proper anti-corrosion coating. If a bolt was not coated, it may corrode and break as a result. If the bolt breaks, the compressor clutch plate could separate from your car and possibly become a road hazard.

Our ASE-certified technicians at Independent Auto Care in Parker are always looking out for you. So, if you hear Acura recalls 106K MDX models for AC system bolt problem and yours is one of them, get it fixed at a dealership as soon as possible. Our goal is to keep your vehicle repaired and maintained so you are always safe, so when you need quality auto repair service, call the pros at Independent Auto Care in Parker, Colorado. We provide our customers with the highest quality auto repair for all makes and models of Honda and Acura.

 

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