Useful Facts

Have you ever had a question about extended warranties, powertrain warranties, or engine lights? Browse through our Frequently Asked Questions page to find the answer!

 

Gain insight into some of the most common problems and fixes for your vehicle. Before you consult the experts, see if the answer you're looking for is right here. Not only will this section inform you on all things mechanical that can affect your vehicle, but there are many answers to questions you may have about high octane fuel, changing windshield wipers, and even pairing your phone to the Bluetooth of your dash. 


If you don't find the answer you're looking for here, feel free to contact one of our specialists today. At Listowel Honday, we're happy to help and make sure you get an answer that puts your mind at ease. 


Useful Facts
  • How Do I Change a Tire?

    Sooner or later, it happens to the best of us, we get a flat tire. Most of us have a roadside assistance membership of some kind but it is always good to know how to do this on your own.

    FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS TO FIX THE PROBLEM AND BE ON YOUR WAY IN NO TIME...

    SAFETY FIRST:

    • Find a spot to pull over. If you're on the highway, getting off is the safest bet, even if you have to drive on a blown tire. Otherwise, pull as far onto the shoulder as possible.
    • Don't park in the middle of a curve, where approaching vehicles can't see you.
    • Choose a flat spot, as jacking up your vehicle on a hill can be a disaster waiting to happen.
    • If you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear.
    • Be sure to set your parking brake.
    • Turn on your hazard lights.
    • Get the Jack, Wrench, and Spare Tire from the vehicle (normally in the trunk), and bring them over to the tire that is flat. Use other tools or supplies if necessary.

    LOOSENING THE LUG NUTS:

    • Use the Wrench to loosen the lug nuts.
    • You may need to remove the hubcap. Don't remove the lug nuts at ths point, simply loosen them by turning the Wrench to the left (counter-clockwise).
    • If the lug nuts are really tight, try placing the wrench on the nut and standing on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it.
    • You can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock.

    JACK UP THE CAR AND REMOVE THE LUG NUTS:

    • Use the Jack to lift the vehicle off the ground.
    • Different models may have different places to put the Jack; consult your owner's manual for specific locations.
    • Once the Jack is securely in the correct spot, jack up the vehicle until the tire is about six inches off the ground.
    • Remove the lug nuts and pull the tire off of the vehicle.
    • Make sure to place the lug nuts in a place where they won't get scattered, and pull the tire straight toward yourself to remove it from the wheel base.

    ATTACH THE SPARE TIRE:

    • Place the Spare Tire on the vehicle.
    • Line up the lug nut posts with the holes in the Spare Tire, and push the Spare Tire all the way onto the wheelbase until it can't go any further.
    • Put on the lug nuts.
    • Don't put them on tightly, just make sure they're on enough for the Spare Tire to stay on the vehicle for a moment.
    • Lower the vehicle back to the ground.
    • Use the Jack to bring the vehicle back down to ground level.
    • Remove the Jack from underneath the car.

    ON THE GROUND:

    • With the vehicle back on the ground, you can now tighten the lug nuts. MAKE SURE THE LUG NUTS ARE TIGHTENED.
    • Rather than tightening the lug nuts one at a time, start with one lug nut and tighten it about 50%, then move to the opposite nut (across the circle) and tighten this one about 50% as well.
    • Keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut is as tight as it can be.

    CLEAN UP:

    • Put your flat tire and tools back in your trunk, or where you got them from.
    • Make sure you don't leave anything on the side of the road.

    If you are lucky, a tire isn't completely destroyed when it goes flat. If the flat tire is caused by a nail or other sharp object, and you can't or don't want to change your tire, you may be able to give yourself a few miles of leeway by using a flat-fix type spray. Simply follow the manufacturer's directions. In ideal situations, the spray foam will allow you to at least find a close off ramp and pull into a Service Station or a Rest Stop before you have to change your tire.

    If your tires appear worn or you have had a flat tire and need it fixed or replaced, contact our Service Department for a fast and cost efficient solution.

  • How Do I Check My Engine Oil Level?

    Checking your vehicle's oil level is one of the most vital things that you can do to extend the life of your engine. Not only is it important, but it is a very fast and simple task to complete as well.

    FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW TO CHECK YOUR OIL LEVEL...

    • First, make sure that you are parked on level ground, for the most accurate reading.
    • Next, safely prop your hood open and find the dipstick (which generally has a brightly coloured handle, usually orange, and has the word OIL labeled on them).
    • Pull the dipstick out and wipe it down with a towel or rag, and then replace it into the engine, making sure that it goes all the way in.
    • Now, pull the dipstick back out, and be sure NOT to turn the stick upside down as the oil will run causing an inaccurate reading. The dipstick will have two marks on the bottom (usually lines or holes in the stick), and you can read the oil level by looking to see where the oily section and dry section meet. If you find this mark between the two points then you are all set!

    Most manufacturers consider normal oil consumption to be 1 quart per 1000 miles, so if you find you are using much more than this you might want to schedule a service appointment. Our Service Professionals will check to see if a little preventative maintenance can save you from having any major issues down the road.

  • Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

    Your check engine light came on, now what?

    These tips can help you determine whether your vehicle has major engine problems or just a loose gas cap.

    We've all been there before. You're driving along when you notice a yellow light out of the corner of your eye. A quick glance at the dash confirms your fear. It's the check engine light. If you're like most vehicle owners, you're not sure if you should continue to panic or not, and you have little idea what that light is trying to tell you or how you should be reacting.

    The often misunderstood check engine light or "service engine soon" message can mean many different things. It could be a misfiring engine, a broken oxygen sensor, or simply a loose gas cap.

    When you see the check engine light it doesn't necessarily mean you need to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car inspected as soon as possible. If you ignore the warning, you could end up causing further damage. It could also be a sign that you're getting poor gas mileage and emitting high levels of pollutants.

    In any case, if the check engine light is on in your vehicle, it's time to schedule a service appointment. At our Service Center, we have FACTORY TRAINED technicians who can easily check and diagnose what's behind your check engine light message, at a cost that is nearly always lower than a private garage.

    WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CHECK ENGINE LIGHT COMES ON...

    • While it's true that extreme problems like low oil pressure or an overheating engine will trigger your check engine light to come on, your dashboard has other lights and gauges to warn you of serious problems, and probably soon.
    • A good rule of thumb is to always read your owner's manual and learn about the different reasons that would trigger the check engine light to come on. It should also give you a tour of the other gauges and warning indicators on your dashboard.
    • If your check engine light is on, the first thing to do is look for a serious problem that requires immediate attention. Check your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so. On some cars, a yellow "check engine" means investigate the problem, while a red "check engine" light means stop right now.
    • Next, try tightening your gas cap. This often solves the problem. Keep in mind that it may take several trips before the light resets. Some vehicles have a separate indicator that warns of a loose gas cap before the condition sets off the "check engine" light.
    • Reduce your speed and, if possible, the weight you're carrying. If the "check engine" light is blinking or you notice any serious performance problems, such as a loss of power, reduce your speed and try to reduce the load on the engine. I.E. You may want to remove a trailer that is being towed. have the vehicle checked as soon as possible to prevent expensive damage.
    • Even if you don't notice an extreme problem, you should definitely still have the check engine code read and the problem fixed. If you want to diagnose the malfunction yourself, you can buy a scan tool at most auto parts stores. Prices range from about $60 to several hundred, depending on the model and the features. These tools will give you instructions on how to decipher the engine codes. If you don't have the mechanical skills already to diagnose and fix the problem, it's a more cost effective decision to go directly to a Service Center.

    If your check engine light is on and you're in need of a diagnosis, contact our Service Department for a fast and cost efficient solution.

  • How Do I Check the Coolant Levels?

    Checking the coolant level in your car is a fairly simple process. The first thing to remember is to check the coolant level when the vehicle is cold. In most vehicles today, there is an opaque coolant overflow tank located next to the radiator. The opaque tank is made of white plastic, which allows you to see the inside and be sure that the coolant is at a safe level. You will also find that there are markings on the side to tell you how high or low the level is.

    • You should be checking your coolant level a few times per year to make sure that there are no leaks in your system.
    • If you find that you are low on coolant you will need to top it off. Engines take a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water, which allows your radiator the optimum boiling or freeze protection that your engine needs. You can generally purchase this premixed.
    • To add the coolant, just unscrew the cap of the opaque overflow reservoir and add the mixture until it reaches the full mark.
    • After that, all you need to do is replace the cap, make sure that it is on tight, and you're ready to go!
    • Be sure to change your coolant every couple of years (following the manufacturer's recommendations).

    KEEP IN MIND THAT MOST COOLANTS ARE TOXIC, AND CAN BE FATAL TO THOSE WHO COME IN CONTACT WITH IT

    • If you spill any on the ground you should make sure to wipe it up.
    • Do not leave the container lying around.
    • Follow the recommendations on the container to dispose of it properly.
    • If you find that you are consistently filling your coolant and levels continue to be low, this may mean that you have a leak. This may be a minor fix (such as replacing the radiator hose) or it could be more serious.

    If you think there may be a leak in your cooling system or if you feel it is time to change your coolant, please feel free to schedule a service appointment. Our Service Professionals will check to see if a little preventative maintenance can save you from having any major issues down the road.

  • How Do I Check the Transmission Fluid?

    Checking the Transmission Fluid in your vehicle is a relatively simple procedure and should be done about once per month. To get the most accurate reading, you should check the transmission with the engine running and properly warmed up on a level surface.

    • First, remove the dipstick from under the hood (if you are unsure as to where it is located, check your owner's manual).
    • The handle is usually a bright colour (generally yellow or red).
    • Remove the stick, wipe it clean, replace, and then remove it again.
    • There are labels for "Warm" and "Cold" - Check the warm readings.
    • If it is not full, slowly fill the fluid up a little at a time, and continue to measure with the dipstick.
    • To fill the fluid, you should use a funnel and pour it into the hole where you pulled the dipstick from. After filling, replace the dipstick, and after a few moments remove to confirm that it has been done correctly.

    When checking your Transmission Fluid be sure to check its colour. Transmission Fluid is a pinkish/red colour. If your fluid is brown that is a sign that there may be something wrong with the vehicle. If this is the case, schedule a service appointment, where our experienced technicians are more than happy to help.

  • What Is Wrong With My Brakes?

    The brakes are one of the most important parts of your vehicle and they go a long way to keep you safe behind the wheel. However, it's often hard to determine whether the noises we hear our brakes making are the result of something simple (like air in the brake line), or if they are a warning sign of imminent brake failure.

    Remember, when your Service Technician recommends any brake repair, it should be completed as soon as possible to avoid danger. Whether you need a simple brake inspection, brake replacement, brake pad replacement, or work on the brake discs, brake pads or rotors, we can help. Our Technicians are trained to work on specific makes and models, and our prices are often lower than you can find at an independent garage.

    For a better idea of what could be causing your brake trouble, read on for answers to common brake questions.

    WHY ARE MY BRAKES PULSATING?

    • If you experience a pulsing or jerking from the brake, it is far more likely that it was caused by a defect in the brake rotor or drum than from the anti-lock system. A warped rotor or out-of-round drum can cause pronounced pulsating in the brake pedal.
    • The failure of the pad to retract is not uncommon. In older drum systems, the brake shoes are pulled back from the drum by strong springs. But in a disc brake system, the pads are pulled back from the rotor (or disc) by the resiliency of rubber seals. As these seals age or are damaged by contaminated brake fluid, they can fail to do their job. The result is that the pad will ride against the rotor and wear out prematurely.
    • If your rotor is warped, it can cause the pad to wear out even without a failure of the rubber seal. A warped rotor will wobble as it rotates, thereby scraping the pad as it turns. Eventually the pad wears out and the metal backing plate will damage the metal rotor.

    WHY IS THE BRAKE PEDAL SINKING TO THE FLOOR?

    • If your brakes are not as responsive as they should be or if the pedal "sinks" to toward the floor, this could be an indication of a leak in the braking system. It could be an air leak (in the brake hose) or a brake fluid leak. One telltale sign of a brake fluid leak is the presence of a small puddle of fluid when the car is parked. Brake fluid looks similar to fresh motor oil, but with a less "slimy" texture.
    • Another possible problem is the master cylinder. The master cylinder's cup seals or the cylinder bore itself may be worn. Internal leaking or bypassing cup seals must be considered any time vehicles brake pedal is fading to the floor. This fading pedal with no external leak foudn is a common master cylinder symptom caused by these cup seals. The result will be a loss of hydraulic pressure. The vehicle will creep at stop lights as the brake pedal fades toward the floorboard.

    WHY ARE MY BRAKES GRINDING?

    • This loud metallic sound means that you have worn down the pads completely. The grinding or growling noise is caused by the two pieces of metal (the disc and the caliper) rubbing together. This can "score" or scratch your rotors, creating an uneven surface. If this happens, do not be surprised if your mechanic tells you that the brakes and rotors need to be "turned" (a process that evens out the rotor surface) or even replaced.

    WHY ARE MY BRAKES VIBRATING?

    • A vibration or pulsating brake pedal is often a symptom of warped rotors (but can also indicate that your vehicle is out of alignment). The vibration can feel similar to the feedback in the brake pedal during a panic stop in a vehicle equipped with anti-lock brakes.
    • It is a sign of warped rotors if the vibration occurs during braking situations when the anti-lock brakes are not engaged. Warped rotors are caused by severe braking for long periods, such as when driving down a steep mountain or when towing. Tremendous amounts of friction are created under these conditions, heating up the rotors and causing them to warp. The vibration is felt because the brake pads are not able to grab the surface evenly. If you drive in these conditions, make sure to stop periodically to allow your brakes to cool off.

    HOW MUCH DOES A BRAKE JOB COST?

    The cost of repairing your brakes depends largely on what is wrong with your brakes, and which garage you choose to have them repaired at. There are often costs associated with the initial inspection of your brakes, repairing the damaged brake system, and replacing brake parts. If your entire brake system needs to be replaced, this is commonly a more expensive procedure. It is a common myth that a Dealership Service Department is more expensive than a private garage, however, at our Service Center, we offer affordable and professional service performed by Honda Trained Technicians. Contact us today to get started on your brake repair.

  • How Do I Increase Fuel Efficiency?

    Gasoline prices continue to rise and fall, but they don't seem to fall as much as we'd like them to. There are many ways that new or used vehicle owners can improve overall fuel economy by as much as 20%.

    THE FIRST THING THAT AFFECTS FUEL ECONOMY IS HOW YOU DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE...

    • PLAN YOUR TRIPS - Try to accomplish multiple things in one trip. You can also try to car pool or walk to your destination. This won't decrease fuel consumption but will help you drive less, which means less gas.
    • DO NOT SPEED - If you are on the highway driving 100 kms/hour instead of 112 kms/hour, it will save you 2.5-4.5 MPG over the duration of your trip. Try using your cruise control as it reduces fuel consumption by maintaining a constant speed.
    • THROTTLE LESS - Accelerate and brake with ease. You will save on fuel as well as wear and tear on your brakes.
    • DON'T WARM UP - Thanks to new technology, most modern vehicles only really need 30 seconds to get warm.
    • WINDOWS UP - Having the windows down on the highway can decrease fuel economy by up to 10%.

    THE OTHER MAJOR ITEMS THAT AFFECT FUEL ECONOMY IS THE MAINTENANCE OF YOUR VEHICLE...

    • OIL - Use only the manufacturer's specified motor oil, and change it per factory recommendations.
    • WEIGHT - The less weight in your vehicle the better fuel economy you'll get. An extra 100 pounds increases fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
    • TIRES - Make sure your tires are set to recommended pressure at all times as this can increase fuel economy by as much as 3.3 percent.
    • FILTERS - A clean air filter and fuel filter will allow the air and fuel to flow unencumbered and can help you save up to 10% on fuel costs.
    • SENSORS - The oxygen sensors, engine emissions system, and evaporative emissions control systems can all decrease fuel mileage by 20 percent or more if damaged.
    • GAS - The owner's manual will list the correct octane gasoline you should use for your vehicle. Purchase recommended grade of fuel as premium grade fuel won't improve fuel economy in vehicles designed for regular octane.

    If you take care of your vehicle, it will take care of you. Is it time to schedule your vehicle for regular maintenance? Would you like your vehicle checked prior to making that weekend trip? If so, please feel free to contact our Service Department, and our Certified Technicians will be happy to help.

  • Why Is My Air Conditioning Not Cold?

    There are several reasons that may explain why your air conditioning system is blowing warm instead of cool air.

    • The first possibility is that there is a refridgerant leak. The leak may be found in the evaporator, condensor or hose in which case you should bring your car to a mechanic to be repaired.
    • Another reason that your air conditioner may not be blowing cool air is because the compressor has gone bad. The compressor pressurizes the refridgerant and pumps it throughout the A/C's necessary components. Because everything revolves around the compressor, if it is faulty, then the air conditioning will not work correctly. Usually there will be a loud noise when you attempt to turn on your air conditioner if the compressor is broken.
    • Finally, another problem that may be occuring with your air conditioning system is that there is a clogged orifice tube. This is located between the condenser in the front of the radiator, and the evaporator in the passenger compartment. If there is an obstruction in the tube then it will stop the refridgerant from reaching the evaporator, causing your system to blow warm air.

    Whatever the reason that your air conditioner is not working, we are more than happy to assist you! Bring your vehicle to our Service Center today and our experienced technicians will assist you in diagnosing and fixing any problem.

  • Does My Car Need High Octane Fuel?

    Octane gas is available in several different grades, with each number representing the resistance to burn the fuel has. The higher the rating, the slower the burn. The most common form of octane gas is 87octance. Generally speaking, octane gas increases the cost of fuel, and the higher the grade you purchase, the more money you will spend.

    YOU CAN DETERMINE WHAT TYPE OF OCTANE FUEL IS NEEDED BY YOUR VEHICLE BY...

    • Looking at the owner's manual.
    • Checking the manufacturer's website. Most find higher-level octane gas to be desirable because they feel that it keeps their vehicle engines running smoother and they feel it is a cleaner fuel. The truth is that although it may be cleaner, most engines will notice minimal difference with the higher gas grade.

    If you have questions or concerns about you vehicle, please contact our Service Department to get answers and fast, cost efficient solutions.

  • How Often Should I Change My Oil?

    Changing your vehicle's oil at the recommended intervals is the best thing you can do to ensure the vehicle has a long life. As simple as this task may sound, many people are confused about exactly how often their vehicle's oil needs to be changed.

    While you can always change your oil on your own, at Listowel Honda we offer fast oil change service at a fair price, allowing you to go about your day without breaking your wallet.

    HOW OFTEN TO CHANGE YOUR OIL...

    • In the past, it was standard for oil changes to occur every 5000 to 6000 kms, or three months, whichever came first. Now, that standard does not always apply. Oil quality has improved over the years, and the automotive industry has begun to take driver's travel and driving habits into account when making recommendations. As such, how often you change your oil should depend on your personal driving habits.
    • If you use the car only for short trips on city streets, particularly in the cold weather, you probably should have the oil changed every three months. Why? On short trip, the engine doesn't reach its proper operating temperature, which can cause condensation of water inside the crankcase and oil can become diluted by gasoline.
    • If you mostly use your vehicle for occasional longer trips, it is acceptable to wait six months or more to change the oil.
    • One thing you should absolutely consider when deciding when your oil needs to be changed is your vehicle's warranty. Many manufacturers specifically require the warranty holder to change the oil based on time. If this is the case for you, it is worth it to change the oil according to the guidelines until the warranty expires. If your engine needs a warranty covered repair in the future, your manufacturer might decline to cover it if you didn't follow their recommended timeline for oil changes. To avoid a headache, follow their recommendations.
    • Another reason why the manufacturer's recommendations are worth considering is that the automaker has done extensive testing on your vehicle's engine to define the recommendation. Their recommendations are based on lab and real world driving to determine how it performs under many different conditions. Through that testing, they have developed a set of guidelines for maintenance and the frequency of oil changes.

    If you're still unsure about when it's the right time to change your oil, feel free to contact our Service Department. Our Licensed and Certified Technicians will be happy to help.

  • How Often Do I Change My Car Battery?

    No car battery lasts forever. Things to take note of are if your headlights are dimming, how old is your battery, has your car needed a jump-start. If you've experienced any of this, it may be time for a new battery. You should bring your vehicle to an experience and trusted Mechanic but if you have to do it yourself, here are some rules.

    MAKE SURE THE BATTERY NEEDS TO BE REPLACED

    • Look for build up in the form of a whitish or blue residue around the terminal - removing this can sometimes resolve the issue. DO NOT TOUCH THIS POWDER AS IT CAN OFTEN CONTAIN DRIED SULFURIC ACID, WHICH WILL CORRODE YOUR SKIN.
    • Verify that the battery has been given the chance to recharge by driving constantly for 30 minutes with minimal electrical use, including not running the A/C.
    • Check the alternator. Some cars also have a battery meter, with the engine running, the alternator usually maintains a charge close to 13.8-14.2 volts in a properly functioning charging system. The battery should have 12.4 - 12.8 volts with the engine off and no accessory load.

    After all of this, should you actually need a new battery, be sure to buy the correct replacement battery. In some areas of the world, you will be charged a "core" charge when you purchase a new battery, but if you bring in your old battery after or when purchasing the new one, you may not be charged this fee.

    BEFORE REMOVING THE BATTERY

    • Set up a secure working environment. Park on a flat, level surface at a safe distance from traffic sparks or open flames. Put on the parking brake. Put on gloves and safety goggles.
    • Remove the cigarette lighter and plug the memory keeper into socket. If you don't have a memory keeper make sure you have all the PINs for your electronic equipment before you start. You may wish to check your owner's manual to see what devices will be affected.

    REMOVE THE OLD BATTERY AND INSTALL THE NEW BATTERY

    • Locate the battery - The battery should be located in an accessible part on either side of the vehicle's frame. The battery is a rectangular box with two cables attached to it. In some european vehicles the battery is under the matting in the trunk, or inside the fender of the wheel well.
    • Identify battery terminals - Locate the positive and the negative terminals. The positive terminal will have a plus sign and the negative terminal will have a minus sign.
    • Disconnect the negative terminal - Loosen the negative clamp with a wrench and slide it off of the terminal. It is important that you disconnect the negative terminal socket before the positive terminal socket, otherwise you may short circuit the positive terminal to a grounded part of the car.
    • Disconnect the positive terminal.
    • Remove the vehicle battery and put in the new battery.
    • Reconnect the positive and negative terminals.
    • Tighten the clamps using a wrench.
    • Close the hood - Shut the hood of your vehicle firmly and start your car.
    • Check that all the electronic devices are working properly.
    • REMEMBER TO PROPERLY DISPOSE OF THE OLD BATTERY.

    If you are uncomfortable replacing the battery yourself or if you are experiencing any other issue with your vehicle, please contact our Service Department for a fast and cost efficient solution.

  • How Do I Change Windshield Wipers?

    Replacing your windshield wipers is a quick, relatively easy task. You can find wipers at most automotive retail stores. If you are unsure of what kind to use, see your owner's manual or ask a representative at the store.

    REMOVING THE OLD WIPERS...

    • To start, the old wipers must be removed. To do this, pull the entire wiper away from the windshield and it should hold itself up. Be careful though, as the arm is made of metal and may scratch the glass of the windshield.
    • Use on hand to hold the arm, and the other to depress the small tab located on the underside of the wiper where it meets the metal arm.
    • Slide it off by pulling from the centre toward the bottom of the arm.
    • Once removed, gently place the arm against the windshield. In order to prevent any damage, make sure that it does not snap itself back.

    PUTTING ON THE NEW WIPERS...

    • First, line the two pieces up to ensure that it simply clicks on.
    • Look at the side of the wiper that attaches to the arm. You will see that it is flat and has a curve across the top. Rotate this clip until the curve is pointing towards the wiper blade.
    • Hold the wiper upside down next to the arm where they match up and put the arm in between the sides of the wiper.
    • Make sure that they open end of the curve is facing the clip, and pull the wiper upward so that the rounded edge slides into the hook. Pull it on tightly to click it into place.

    REPEAT THE PROCESS ON THE OTHER SIDE AND YOU'RE DONE!

    If you find you require some assistance with changing your windshield wipers, you can always drop by Listowel Honda and one of our helpful Service Technicians will be happy to help.

  • How Do I Pair My Phone to Bluetooth?

    The process of pairing your vehicle's Bluetooth with your phone varies depending on the vehicle you drive, however, on your phone, the process is generally the same.

    ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS...

    • Go to the home screen.
    • Choose "Settings".
    • Choose "General".
    • Choose "Bluetooth".

    If your phone is currently paired to a different system, tap on the system it is connected to in order to disconnect from it, and then choose the system that you want it to be paired with, i.e. your vehicle. In order to find out what you need to do specifically to your vehicle, you may want to visit the manufacturer's website, or search through the many available forums online.

    If you find you require some assistance with pairing your Bluetooth with your phone, you can always drop by Listowel Honda and one of our helpful Sales Representatives or Service Technicians will be happy to help you.

  • Why Is My Engine Idling Rough?

    One thing to keep in mind is that rough idling is not the problem - it is a symptom to an engine issue that has yet to be diagnosed. Your engine could be idling roughly due to a number of different reasons.

    One reason for a rough idle is it could be time to clean out the fuel injectors or it could be time to change the spark plugs.

    OTHER REASONS INCLUDE:

    • Exhaust Problems
    • Holes in the Air Intake Valve
    • A general loss of power in the vehicle
    • It may also occur in the winter months when vehicles have a more difficult time starting and may shake when the engine is turned over.

    In order to prevent this problem from happening, you want to regularly schedule tune-ups for your vehicle. During a tune-up, the Technician reviews a number of areas within the engine to make sure that everything is working properly.

    If your vehicle has already begun to experience this issue, it is recommended that you run a diagnostic check to pin point the exact cause of the rough idle. It is recommended that you bring your vehicle to an experienced and trusted mechanic to review and diagnose the problem. You can also go to an auto parts store and use a code reading device that they have available and proceed from there with repairs. A rough idle should be addressed right away as the longer this symptom occurs, the more damage could be done to your vehicle, which will ultimately be more expensive to repair.

    Of course you can always bring your vehicle to our Service Center, and our experienced technicians will be happy to assist you in diagnosing and fixing any problems.

  • What Is a Powertrain Warranty?

    A warranty is a statement made by either the seller or the manufacturer of a product or service promising that it will perform in a specified manner for a specific period of time. When shopping for a vehicle you often hear the term "powertrain warranty". A powertrain warranty is generally a promise to repair or fix an issue with the parts of the powertrain should a malfunction arise based on the agreement signed by the buyer.

    THE POWERTRAIN OF A VEHICLE CONSISTS OF MULTIPLE COMPONENTS...

    • Engine
    • Transmission
    • Driveshaft
    • Any of the internal workings of the engine

    SIMPLY PUT, THE POWERTRAIN PROVIDES POWER TO THE VEHICLE...

    • The sensors that are generally included in a powertrain warranty provide input and output to and from the powertrain control module (PCM).
    • Some sensors send the computer information, which transcribes the information and sends it to output sensors.
    • They all work together to make the car run cleanly, smoothly, and efficiently. If a mechanical problem arises within the powertrain and it is covered under the terms of the warranty, either the manufacturer or dealership will have to pay for the repairs to the powertrain. What is covered under the warranty varies greatly between vehicles, manufacturers, and dealerships. When looking to purchase a vehicle you should review this carefully and be sure to understand all of the terms and conditions within the warranty.

    If you believe you may have been having powertrain problems, please contact our Service Department and we will be happy to check on your warranty status and get your issues fixed so that you can drive safely and worry free.

  • What Do Extended Warranties Cover?

    An extended warranty is like an insurance policy on your vehicle, it is a safeguard against unforeseen repairs. An extended warranty may be purchased at the time you buy your vehicle, but it is also possible to purchase one later. If you're the type who likes to be prepared for all possibilities, an extended warranty may be just what you're looking for. With the ever increasing cost of vehicle repairs, these can make a lot of sense.

    IN DECIDING WHETHER AN EXTENDED WARRANTY IS RIGHT FOR YOU, AND IN SELECTING THE BEST PLAN, YOU"LL NEED TO CONSIDER SOME THINGS...

    • How long do you plan on keeping the vehicle.
    • How many km's you believe you will drive during that period.
    • Is the extended warranty from the manufacturer, the dealer, or a third party provider.
    • There are differences in deductible. Some are pay per visit, or per repair, or none at all. Be sure you understand the difference before you buy.
    • Some extended warranties are transferrable should you decide to sell the car before the end of the warranty. Find out the details.
    • What exactly is covered? Does it cover breakdown as well as wear and tear?

    We may be able to provide you with an extended warranty that meets all of your needs. Please contact our Financial Services Manager who will be happy to answer all of your questions.

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