Owning your own vehicle can be a freeing experience, from sparing yourself from the tyranny of public transit schedules to opening up the Midwest’s highways to once-a-month weekend road trips. Learning simple ways to maintain and service your own vehicle can only increase your independence.
Here, we’ll teach you how to check your own oil and maximize your ride’s lifespan in just ten easy steps:
- Check your owner’s manual to make sure your car has a dipstick. Some cars with electric oil monitors no longer have dipsticks.
- Park your car on level ground and make sure your engine is cool.
- Open your car’s hood and locate the dipstick.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe off all excess oil left on the end.
- Fully reinsert the dipstick.
- Pull the dipstick back out and check on both sides where the oil line is.
- Your dipstick will have two marks (sometimes a waffle-like pattern, sometimes two dots). Your oil line should be between those two marks.
- Your oil should be a dark brown or black in color.
- If the oil is below the minimum mark, it’s time to add oil.
- Wipe down the dipstick and replace it fully into the oil reservoir.
If you check your own oil and see that it’s time for an automotive check-up because of color or oil level, call Floyd Traylor Honda’s helpful service department today.
For many drivers, the term “premium gas” is often misunderstood to mean “better gas.” While premium gas does have a higher octane level than regular gas, this does not necessarily mean it is “better” for your vehicle.
Here, we’ll briefly explain the difference between regular and premium gasoline types and when you should use premium gas — so you can stop feeling guilty for not giving your trusty ride the “good stuff.”
Premium gas usually has an octane level of 92 or 93 while the octane level of regular gas is about 87. All you need to know about octane levels (unless you happen to be part of a Formula One pit crew,) is that they are meant to match the compression ratio of your engine in order to prevent “knocking.”
When Do I Use Premium Gas?
This all depends on your owner’s manual, which will “require,” “recommend,” or “not recommend” premium gas. If your car “requires” premium gas, it is probably a luxury or high-performance vehicle, and you absolutely must fill your tank with premium. But, if your owner’s manual just “recommends” premium gas, it’s completely up to you. You might notice a small increase in performance if you fill up with premium, but that’s really the only impact it will have – it won’t damage your vehicle. If premium gas is “not recommended” for your vehicle, simply stick to regular.
Do you have more questions about understanding your Honda vehicle? Give us a call at Floyd Traylor Honda today to speak with one of our experienced service technicians. We’re always here to help!
Car owners know that sometimes, despite your best efforts, keeping your car clean is just impossible. Whether its muddy cleats after the kids’ soccer practice, dust from the hardware store, crumbs from those emergency, late-night french fries, or any other number of messy things, it seems that maintaining a pristine vehicle just can’t happen.
Luckily, there are a few things you can do to pick up the mess. Here are a few simple tips and tricks for keeping your car clean:
- Use a dampened toothbrush and some dish soap to scrub down any vinyl or similar texture in your car. This will remove the black dirt from even the smallest crevice!
- Use a squirt bottle and a squeegee to drag pet hair out of your cloth seats.
- Create a DIY air freshener using a mason jar, baking soda, and your favorite scent of essential oil (like peppermint, lavender, lemon peel, or more). Add one cup of baking soda into the Mason jar, drip in 7-8 drops of oil, poke small holes in the lid of the Mason jar, then hide it somewhere underneath a seat in your car. Sayonara, odor!
- Rub down your windshield wipers with rubbing alcohol and a soft tissue or rag to prevent them from leaving smears on your windshield.
Our car geeks at Floyd Traylor Honda are full of handy tricks and helpful fixes. Give us a call or visit us today to learn more!
Minivans have become somewhat of a niche segment after their heyday in the 90s, but that doesn’t mean Honda is going to skimp on the quality of the 2018 Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey has been one of the most popular and respected in the minivan class, bringing a modern edge and athleticism to the segment, as well as the latest in technology. The revamped Honda Odyssey performed so well in modern crash tests with increasingly tough restrictions that it earned the coveted title of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The IIHS rates vehicles in five different crash categories, as well as rating optional automatic braking system technologies and the quality of their headlamps. The Honda Odyssey earned the highest rating of “Good” in every crash test, and its Collision Mitigation Braking System earned a Superior rating. The headlight test earned an Acceptable rating, and child restraints in the minivan also earned top ratings. All of these together granted the Honda Odyssey the honor of being a Top Safety Pick+ for 2018.
Honda has been continually committed to bringing advanced safety systems to their lineup for a more family-friendly and protective driving experience and the revamped Honda Odyssey is representative of that commitment. Come see the new Honda Odyssey at Floyd Traylor Honda today.
Looking for something spooky to do this October? Check out these local scary Halloween attractions near Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Enter a haunted house populated by creatures out of your darkest nightmares. Admission is only $10 per guest.
It’s only $15 to enter this theme park of terror, featuring different themed warehouses designed to scare your pants off. The event is being presented as a collaboration between the Fort Smith Girls & Boys Club and the United Federal Credit Union.
This event is for ages 21 and up, so you know they’re bringing out the big scares aboard the trolley. The haunted trolley gives you a lift through downtown Fort Smith as you take a tour of the city’s most haunted historic places and hear of local legends.
Like escape rooms? This is the event for you. Three different rooms give guests to chance to face off with witches, zombies, or a gory slasher as they attempt to escape in the allotted time.
These scary Halloween attractions are sure to get you in the spirit of the season. At Floyd Traylor Honda, we are proud to serve the Fort Smith area.
Are you in need of some fun family activities for the fall months? Forth Smith has plenty of entertainment for all ages to keep you and the family happy.
The Monkey House
Bouncy castles are exciting for all ages, so why not go to a building that has all kinds of fun bouncy house designs inside of it? With a play area with bounce surfaces, slides, and a separate area for kids under three, it’s the perfect place to take the little ones.
Test your family’s ability to think under pressure with one of many escape room adventures offered in Fort Smith. Check out Fort Smith Escape Artists, For Smith Escape Room, or ClueMasters Live for different escape room challenges the whole family will love. These team-building exercises can help bring your family closer together with teamwork and a group effort.
The Park at West End
This charming downtown park is unlike any other park you’ve ever seen, with a historic carousel, ferris wheel, railcar diner, and even a concession stand built out of a vintage Double Decker bus.
Elevate Trampoline Park
Spend your day jumping, flipping, and pulling off other nifty tricks at Elevate Trampoline Park. It’s a fun way to get in some family fun while also keeping your kids active.
Autumn is rolling around, and it’s the best time of the year for this historic passenger train trip. Buy tickets for you and your loved ones to enjoy the scenic landscape as you ride through the Arkansas River Valley and Ozark Mountains on the A&M Railroad.
We at Floyd Traylor Honda are proud to serve the Forth Smith community.
Subcompact crossovers are swiftly developing their own fan base among drivers who want something a little more spacious than your average hatchback with the convenience and fuel economy of something smaller than a crossover. The new Honda HR-V is targeting this new market, with some style upgrades for 2018 that are sure to bring attention to its sporty, sleek design.
On select models of the Honda HR-V, there is a new Aegean Blue Metallic paint color available, along with new wheel designs for a more athletic appearance. The new HR-V will also pack better performance and efficiency into its design with the 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine and standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Drivers will also benefit from the second-generation HR-V’s Magic Seat technology, which allows you to fold the rear seat flat for up to 100 cubic feet of cargo space. The Magic Seat tech is returning for the 2018 model year; it was introduced last year when the nameplate entered its second generation. In fact, Honda saw HR-V sales spike by 30 percent following the introduction of the new generation.
Come see the new Honda HR-V today at Floyd Traylor Honda. We’d be happy to introduce you to all of its new features.
Currently, midsize sedans aren’t fairing too well in an automotive market that favors larger vehicles like the Honda Pilot. But, Honda recently revealed the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord, a family-sized sedan, which might offer the right formula to entice drivers of all ages. More space and a longer wheelbase may just put the four-door car on par with its crossover competitors.
Standing out from the crowd isn’t something that Honda is historically known for, but its styling is quickly moving in that direction. The Honda Civic brought a sharper, sportier design than the outgoing model without compromising what drivers love: quality, efficiency, and space.
Much like the Civic’s redesign, the 2018 Honda Accord looks to make the same move. Sportier styling comes hand-in-hand with the features that drivers love about the midsize sedan. Reliability and quality come standard.
Drivers will also enjoy a few new engines, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder that replaces the outgoing V6 engine. The upcoming model also brings a longer wheelbase and more interior space, making it the perfect model for families.
As though that isn’t enough, Honda has another surprise in store. The Honda Accord Hybrid, a model known for offering all of the same qualities as the standard sedan with higher efficiency, will shift production facilities. The hybrid model will officially move from Japan to the United States for the 2018 model year.
We here at Floyd Traylor Honda can’t wait to get behind the wheel of the redesigned 2018 Honda Accord.
Finding the right minivan to meet the needs of the modern family can be fairly difficult, especially since the segment has shrunk so much over the past few decades. Fortunately, the 2017 Honda Odyssey is still going strong and continues to raise the bar for the segment as a whole. We here at Floyd Traylor Honda know of a few family-friendly features that make the Honda Odyssey a great choice.
The 2017 Honda Odyssey features a spacious interior with seating for up to eight passengers. Once seated, passengers will enjoy up to 172.6 cubic feet of space. Comfortable third-row seats make the Honda Odyssey the perfect vehicle for any family road trip.
Nothing says entertainment like three rows of comfortable seating and a wide window to look out of on the road. Some families want more, especially those with children who grow bored of the scenery rather quickly. Fortunately, Honda is prepared for that.
An available Rear Seat Entertainment System with wireless headset capability makes every trip a quiet and enjoyable one. The system includes a DVD player with rear audio display controls so parents can stay in control at all times.
The nine-inch screen features an ultrawide resolution and an HDMI input that’s used for modern video game systems and several other entertainment devices.
Cleaning up after a family vacation can be a hassle. Kids somehow manage to get crumbs, dirt, and other debris throughout the vehicle. Getting a vacuum into the Odyssey is easy, but maneuvering properly could be difficult. That’s why Honda thought ahead. The HondaVAC® is a built-in vacuum cleaner that makes cleaning a stress-free chore.
The new 2018 Honda Odyssey “Keep the Peace” campaign is dedicated to showing the benefits of the Odyssey’s innovative, family-oriented features and its smart design.
The “Keep the Peace” ad starts as a battle between two giant monsters and the two soldiers trying to stop them from destroying the city. As the soldier sends a shock through the Earth that breaks it apart and separates the monsters, the scene changes to a mom using the Odyssey’s Magic Slide feature to separate her kids and stop them from fighting over a toy.
The series of ads will focus on a variety of family activities and how the unique features of the Odyssey make them more fun and easy to use for the whole family. Premiering during the NHL and NBA finals and showing in the advertisements for family movies like Despicable Me 3 and Cars 3, the ads will also focus on the Odyssey’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, CabinWatch™ and CabinTalk™, the advanced rear seat entertainment system, and much more. There will also be an ad in Spanish that demonstrates these features.
For more information on the 2018 Honda Odyssey, give us a call today at Floyd Traylor Honda!