Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Summer Car Maintenance Tips

Of all the seasons, summer is by far one of the harshest, especially when it comes to cars. Hot, humid weather can do a serious number on vehicles, even if they’re parked in a garage. That can end up costing drivers quite a pretty penny in repairs if the car isn’t properly maintained. We here at Babylon Honda have a few summer car maintenance tips to share so you can enjoy your summer days cruising down the highway, not waiting on the side of it.

Belts
A problem with your serpentine belt will leave your car disabled on the side of the road. Waiting for roadside assistance isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. That’s why it pays to have your car professionally inspected prior to a long road trip. Peak under the hood yourself. If the belt looks worn, shows signs of damage, or is loose, then it’s time for a replacement.

Windshield Wipers
Your windshield wipers are a year-round safety mechanism that are both cheap to maintain and replace. Without them, you could find yourself driving blind through a summer thunderstorm. Don’t take the risk! Spend a few dollars and minutes to keep yourself safe on the road.

Tires
Tires that lack a good amount of tread could cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Bad road conditions call for more traction. Take the time to properly inflate your tires for maximum surface-to-surface contact. Examine the sides and tread for any signs of cuts or bulges. Replace or repair the tire if necessary.

Don’t want to worry about it? Then schedule service at Babylon Honda for a complete inspection and we’ll leave the summer planning up to you!

Honda Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel to Cost $124 Million

Cars in an Aeroacoustic Wind Tunnel

Wind tunnels aren’t a new concept in the world of automotive manufacturing, but automakers are constantly working to improve. Honda is the latest automaker to add a brand new multi-million dollar wind tunnel to its list of facilities, or it will at the groundbreaking in June. The new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will cost $124 million and help designers and engineers create quieter cars.
Honda’s new aeroacoustic wind tunnel will feature two roads. The first is a five-belt rolling surface designed to test production vehicles like the Honda Civic and CR-V. The second, a single-belt rolling road, is primarily reserved for high performance and sports cars. When all is said and done, the new facility will be able to test at wind speeds of 192 mph.
Aeroacoustics is the study of the noise created when aerodynamic forces, in this case the wind, act on an object, like a car. The new wind tunnel will help designers and engineers create new wind noise reduction methods.
The new aeroacoustic will tunnel will be built at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio. The groundbreaking is schedule to take place in late summer of 2017.
Here at Babylon Honda, we’re excited for the next generation of aerodynamic designs from Honda!

MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards Go to 2017 Honda CR-V and Civic

2017 Honda CR-V

Since 1983, MotorWeek has been choosing the best cars each year to honor them with its Drivers’ Choice Awards. The MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Awards are the cars that the editors would love to have in their driveways. They focus on a variety of consumer factors including practicality, performance, price, and efficiency.

This year, two Honda models earned the top choice in their segments. The Honda Civic won the award in the small car category, while the CR-V was chosen as the best small utility. This was the second year in a row the Civic has earned this award.

MotorWeek noted that it was impressed with the addition of both coupe and hatchback models to the Civic lineup. The editors love the Civic’s fun-to-drive personality, feature-rich interior, excellent reliability, and its dynamic styling.

As for the CR-V, it arrives fully redesigned for the 2017 model year and MotorWeek loves the thoughtful redesign. For years, the CR-V has been one of the most popular choices in its segment. However, even in this tight, competitive segment, the CR-V continues to stand out with just the right combination of features and overall performance.
Come check out both of these award-winning models, along with the rest of the Honda lineup, available now at Babylon Honda.

Why It Is Important to Take Care of Your Tires

take care of your tires
The four pieces of rubber that keep your car in contact with the road are of vital importance to your safety. Yet, often, people overlook their tires when doing routine maintenance or checks. Here are three steps to make it easy to take care of your tires.

1. Maintain Tire Pressure. To maximize the performance of your tires, they need to be at the proper air pressure. This number is listed in the door jamb of your driver’s side door. Maintaining proper tire pressure prolongs the life of your tires, makes sure your car performs the way it should, and helps you achieve optimal fuel efficiency. You should check your tire pressure once a month
2. Inspect Your Tires. Every time you check your tire pressure, you should also do a good tire inspection. Look for signs of bulging, cracks, or any foreign object embedded in your tires. If you see any of these problems, you should have them checked by a professional.
3. Check Your Tire Tread. Another sign of a healthy tire tread is adequate tread. Use the penny test to see if your tires meet the minimum needed. Check in multiple spots and if there is any place where you can see his whole head, you need new tires.

If you need help inspecting your tires, schedule a service appointment at Babylon Honda today.

Honda CR-V and Others Named to Kelley Blue Book 12 Best Family Cars of 2017

2017 Honda CR-V On The Move

The 2017 Honda CR-V is one of four Honda vehicles named to the Kelley Blue Book “12 Best Family Cars of 2017” list. The list, which is curated annually by KBB editors, looks at the most family-friendly vehicles in each category in terms of safety, value, comfort and convenience, cargo versatility, technology, and more.

KBB recognized the Honda CR-V in the compact crossover category, calling it “a good reminder of why families are abandoning the traditional sedan in favor of compact SUVs” and citing its impressive updates and reliability. The CR-V, according to KBB, has always prioritized cargo and safety, with tons of cargo space and affordable safety packages.

The subcompact crossover HR-V was also a winner, thanks to its efficiency, amazing value, and practical size. KBB called it “a big draw for young families.” The Pilot won in the mid-size SUV category and was praised for being “unexpectedly refined” as well as spacious and affordable. Finally, KBB named the Honda Odyssey as its best family minivan thanks to its easy-to-use features like the fold-flat rear seat as well as its smooth handling.

Honda won more spots on the 12 Best Family Cars list than any other automaker in the industry, proving the brand’s dedication to families and their needs. If you would like to check any of them out, stop by Babylon Honda in West Babylon, NY and discover all of our Honda Models today.

Honda’s New Partnership Focuses on Electric Vehicles

Honda Electric Vehicle

Only a handful of automakers have chosen to stick to hydrogen fuel cells instead of moving to electric- and battery-powered vehicles. The Honda Clarity made a name for itself but a lack of infrastructure has pushed the Japanese automaker in another direction. Honda’s new partnership puts a new focus on electric vehicles. Unlike other automakers, however, Honda’s vehicles will use both batteries and fuel cells.

Honda has partnered with Hitachi to produce more affordable electric motors. The joint venture is a sign that, while Honda isn’t walking away from hydrogen power, the company is pushing for more alternative fuel sources.

Hitachi has a reputation for building electric motors for vehicles of all shapes and sizes. As federal emissions standards grow tighter, the call for more affordable electric powertrains has been deafening. The Honda-Hitachi partnership aims to lower the cost of mass producing engines.

The partnership will originally launch in Japan manufacturing operations. The venture will eventually expand to operations in North America and China as well. While Hitachi and Honda will work together, Hitachi will continue to produce motors for other automakers while Honda will use in-house motors in some vehicles.

We here at Babylon Honda are happy to see such an incredible automaker getting ahead of the game when it comes to electric vehicles! The world could certainly use more green vehicles!

2018 Honda Odyssey Comes Stocked With Technology

2018 Honda Odyssey

The minivan segment may not be as populated as it once was but there’s still plenty of heat among the remaining competitors. Chrysler raised the bar with the new Pacifica and now Honda is responding with a monstrous, tech-savvy, safe minivan of its own. The fifth-generation Honda Odyssey debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and looks to be a serious competitor.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey boasts all the technologies a modern minivan should have. The new model will boast a long list of in-car apps, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, video streaming, and more. The new model will even feature 4G Wi-Fi!

Modern families need a minivan that can adjust to their lifestyle and the Odyssey delivers with flexible seating and stain-resistant leather upholstery.

“In all aspects of its design, the new Odyssey is made to keep every member of the family happy, no matter the seating position, no matter the destination,” said John Mendel, executive vice president, America Honda Motor Co.

The Odyssey isn’t without its powertrain updates. The new model will boast an available 10-speed automatic transmission designed for smoother shifting and higher fuel economy.

We here at Babylon Honda are ready to see the 2018 Odyssey dominate the competition with ease! Apply for financing today to take home your own Honda Odyssey!

Five Achievable Bucket List Ideas for 2017

Bucket List Ideas for 2017

What do you want to do in life? Ok, now why aren’t you doing it?

There are resolutions, and then there are bucket lists—those things you just have to try at some point or another. But like resolutions, bucket list items should come in all shapes and sizes. Here are ten creative bucket list ideas for 2017 that will take you out of your routine.

Journal Every Morning

There’s nothing like starting the day off with a little self-reflection. Don’t set limits, but try to write every morning for as many days in a row as you can, even if it’s just a sentence.

Be a Tourist

It’s too easy to take for granted that which we see every day. Plan a staycation weekend where you explore all that there is to see in your own town. Eat out at local restaurants, take lots of photos and visit the attractions.

Write a Book

Start small and write a ten-page eBook on one of your favorite things. There are resources out there that will help you learn how to write and publish your book for free online.

Set Reading Goals

Whether you read a book a week, a chapter a day or a series in a year, it’ll be fun to make reading a part of your daily routine.

Organize a Picnic

Get some friends together and plan an elaborate picnic to welcome in the spring or summer. Collect blankets, pillows, candles, and prepare a delicious menu. The more extravagant, the more unforgettable!

And of course, if you need a new car, stop by Babylon Honda in West Babylon!

Tips for Winter Car Maintenance

winter car maintenance
Winter can be taxing. It’s hard to get out of bed and face the cold weather. The nights are longer, and the wind is harsher. But it’s not just hard on humans—it’s hard on cars, too. That’s why we suggest you follow our advice for winter car maintenance to keep your vehicle feeling good all the way to spring.

Keep Up On the Fluids

Coolant is an extremely important ingredient to a car’s inner workings. It keeps the engine at a healthy temperature, so in the winter coolant keeps the engine from freezing. Check your coolant levels and make sure there’s plenty in there to get the job done.

It’s equally important to keep a constant watch on both your gas tank and your wiper fluid. Both of these fluids should stay topped off throughout the winter. Your wiper fluid will help wash away the salt and dirt from the roads for better visibility. Meanwhile, keeping a full tank of gas prevents ice from forming in your fuel pump. Plus, if you get stranded for some reason, you’ll want plenty of gas to keep your car running and keep you warm and safe.

Keep an Eye On the Tires

You should also be aware of your tires all through the winter season. Watch both their pressure and their tread. Both of these elements will affect the way that your car drives in snow and ice. If pressure is low, it can screw up the alignment and cause others issues. As with anything, it’s better to stay on top of maintenance rather than clean up a bigger mess later on.

Come to Babylon Honda for all your winter car needs!

Play These Christmas Games to Make Your Holidays Bright

Christmas is a time for laughter and cheer, and there is no better way to bring both of these sentiments into your life than with games. There are a number of Christmas games to play this holiday season. To make it easier to choose, we’ve narrowed down some of our favorite and given you an overview of them here.

Christmas GamesGo on a candy cane hunt. While your children are busy, take the time to hide a number of candy canes throughout the house. Put some in obvious places, and be sneaky with others. Then, ask your children to find them. When all the candy canes are found, sit the children down and count them. Not only is this game fun, but it can be educational too, since the children will have to figure out home many candy canes they have left to find.

Play a mitten matching game. Another fun, educational Christmas game to choose is a mitten matching game. Have your toddler or preschooler pair up colored, patterned, paper mittens. When the mittens are paired properly, have them use a clothes pin to keep the matches together. This activity is a great way to exercise your child’s mind on a snowy day.

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