Common Automotive Terms

Cars can be confusing, what with all their moving parts, upkeep, and that incredibly long owner’s manual. It’s easy to find yourself overwhelmed when talking about cars, especially if the other person is an expert. Here are a few common automotive terms to know, courtesy of us here at Brighton Honda.

  1. Horsepower – While many know that more horsepower means a faster car, that isn’t all there is to a car’s speed. Horsepower is the measure of an engine’s power The average sedan will achieve anywhere from 100 hp to 400 hp.
  2. Torque – The second major factor in a car’s speed, torque is often measured in lb-ft. Defined as the measurement for the force needed to rotate an axis around an object, larger vehicles generally have higher torque. Trucks and SUVs designed to tow or haul heavy loads will have much higher torque than the average sedan.
  3. Direct Fuel Injection – Simply put, Direct Fuel Injection is the system that regulates how much fuel flows into the engine. Overall, this system increases fuel economy and more power compared to indirect fuel injection.
  4. Traction Control – A standard technology on most vehicles, traction control detects when a car is about to skid. The system adjusts the power to avoid wheelspin in order to give the driver more time to react.

Why It’s Better to Service Your Vehicle at a Dealership

Your car is one of your most important assets. It allows you to travel to work, take your kids where they need to go, see friends, get food, and all other kinds of important life activities. Unfortunately, many people do not treat their cars as they should. Here is why you should service your car at a dealership.

Quality

Dealership mechanics are backed by major car companies, which means the car companies put their word behind their service technicians. Local mechanics range from very good to very bad, but you know exactly what you’re getting when you take it to a dealership.

Better Tools

As they are backed by major corporations, dealerships often have the latest and most effective tools for their mechanics to use. Local garages can’t always afford access to these tools right away.

More Organization

Dealership garages are generally much cleaner and more organized than local garages, which leads to efficiency and less problems. There are also usually nicer waiting areas for customers at dealerships to allow you to wait in comfort.

While it’s always good to support locally owned business, you simply don’t always know what you’re getting at a local mechanic. When you’re talking about your car, one of your most important investments, it’s often better to go with the sure thing.

Getting Your Car Ready for Winter

As one of the northernmost states in the US and surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes, Michigan gets some seriously bad winters. Here are some tips for getting your car ready for winter so you can keep your car on the road in any conditions.

First of all, make sure your car is running at its best. Check the fluids and make sure your antifreeze is at the right level. If you haven’t had your oil changed in a while, now is a great time to get that done, since you’ll want fresh oil to keep your engine running well in the cold weather. Get your brakes checked for thin brake pads, leaks in the lines, and so on.

It’s a good idea to get your battery tested—cold is harsh on batteries, so if it’s already having problems it may not last through the season. Check your tires for worn tread, cracks, bulges, and leaks. If your tire pressure is low, it reduces traction, which is less safe for you and uses more fuel. If your tread is low, you may want to get new tires. Otherwise, check the pressure regularly and add air when necessary—cold weather reduces tire pressure.

Put together an emergency kit with warm clothes, blankets, flares, flashlights, nonperishable snacks and water, basic tools, and anything else you might need to get help and stay warm if you do break down.

How to Prepare Your Car For Summer

Can you believe that summer is right around the corner? Now that May is here, you might be starting to plan your summer getaways and family vacations. But, before you hit the road for your much-deserved time off, make sure you prepare your car for summer.

Here are a few things to get inspected to make sure your car is road-trip ready.

  • Air conditioning. As the temperatures rise, you don’t want to be without your air conditioning. Have it inspected to make sure it is working in optimal condition.
  • Cooling system. The biggest cause of summer breakdowns is an overheated car. Your car’s cooling system should be inspected, flushed, and refilled about every two years.
  • Tires. Examine your tires to check for any signs of abnormal wear, inadequate tread depth, or signs of cracks. If your car pulls to one side, you likely need an alignment.
  • Battery. The extreme heat of summer can wreak havoc on a battery. Have it tested to make sure it has enough juice left to make it through the summer.
  • Windshield wipers. If your windshield wipers are leaving streaks or have cracks in the blades, it’s time for a new set.

Schedule a service appointment today at Brighton Honda and our trained service technicians can make sure your car is ready for the summer ahead.