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Explained: What Torque Means and How it Compares to Horsepower

auto gearWhen you are looking at the specifications of a vehicle, you are bound to see many numbers and figures, some of which you might not understand. One technical detail that tends to confuse tons of drivers is torque.

If a vehicle produces 300 lb-ft of torque, what exactly does that mean? And how is it different than horsepower?

The term torque describes your car’s ability to accelerate, in layman’s terms. If a vehicle has higher torque, it can accelerate quickly. For example, if a car accelerates from zero to 60 mph in four seconds, it has better torque than a vehicle that requires six seconds to perform the same task.

And while torque is related to horsepower, they are not the same thing. In fact, horsepower is determined by combining a vehicle’s torque with its engine abilities. So really, horsepower is just one, simple number that is easier to swallow than the finer details, creating an easy way to communicate how powerful a car is.

If you are still confused or would like to know more about what torque means in detail, feel free to contact us or visit Avery Greene Honda, where we want you to understand exactly how your car works.

How to Inspect Windshield Wipers for Damage

wiperDuring the winter months, it’s particularly important that your windshield wipers are as effective as possible, clearing away the snow and the muck to offer ultimate visibility. Are your windshield wipers in good shape?

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you inspect windshield wipers.

  • Make sure that everything is connected appropriately.
  • Look for any visible tears, cracks, or other damage in the edge of the rubber squeegee.
  • Search for rust or metal corrosion, especially at the joints.
  • Ensure that the wipers are appropriately contoured to the windshield and that their shape has not warped overtime.
  • If your vehicle has a rear windshield wiper, don’t forget to explore it, too!
  • While you’re investigating your windshield wipers, it’s always a good idea to replace and/or refill your wiper fluid.

If you think that your windshield wipers are broken or are not working as they should, it’s always a good idea to replace them. For more winter weather driving advice, or to check out a new vehicle that’ll be perfect in any season, visit us at Avery Greene Honda.

Essential Driving Tips: Jump-Starting Your Car

jump-startGetting a dead battery happens to everyone if you drive long enough. Although it can be a stressful situation, just remember to relax and follow these simple steps. We’ve broken down the methods for jump-starting your car to make it easier than ever.

According to wikiHow, the first thing you should do is make sure that the battery is actually the problem. Turn on your headlights–are they dimmer than normal? If so, it’s probably the battery. Does the car crank slowly or just click? It’s probably the battery. If it’s cranking like normal or if you notice other problems, it may not be the battery.

After locating the battery, follow these simple steps:

  • Put the two cars hood to hood if possible. They need to be close, but there should still be room to work. Never touch the two cars.
  • Connect one positive clamp (red) the positive terminal (+) on the dead battery.
  • Connect the other positive clamp to the positive terminal on the jumper car.
  • Connect one negative (black) clamp to the jumper car’s negative terminal.
  • Connect the other negative clamp to grounded metal on the dead car. This should be a nut or bolt, preferably one without corrosion. If successful, you may see a small spark when you connect the ground.
  • Clear the cables from moving parts.
  • Turn on the jumper car and let it sit for 60 seconds.
  • Try to start the dead car–if it doesn’t work, let it charge a bit more or reconnect the cables.
  • If successful, remove the cables in the order you put them on. Keep the dead vehicle (now working) running for a while.

Remember that connecting jumper cables can be dangerous. Make sure to wear protective equipment, avoid touching exposed metal, and be aware of moving parts.

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Spring Car Care Tips You Don’t Want to Skip

spring cleaningSpring is in the air, and with warmer temperatures comes an important reminder to make sure your car is up-to-date on all its maintenance. Ensure your car is ready to help you leave behind the long winter months with evening drives, weekend road trips, and sunny daily commutes.

Here is our spring car care checklist:

Get caught up on regular maintenance. Give us a call at Avery Greene Honda and we’ll make sure you’re all caught up on oil changes, filter replacements, and more.

Flush the radiator. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to correctly flush and refill the cooling system before the hot summer months set in.

Check the belts. Inspect the condition and tightness of belts. Cracks and obvious wear can be a sign of trouble to come.

Check the battery. Now is a good time to check the life of your battery, and make sure it’s holding a charge so that you don’t find yourself stuck with a car that won’t start.

Check the tires. Here in California, we’re doing the rain dance. Make sure you’re prepared just in case that call is answered with tires that provide optimal traction. Make sure they aren’t over-worn, over- or under-inflated, or misaligned.

Check the wiper blades. Consistent, direct sunlight can cause major damage to the rubber that clears water from your windshield. If you find that yours are warped or cracked, or just don’t clear the windshield like they should, replace them.

Wash and wax. If you’ve spent the winter months ignoring your car, now is the time to clean it out, wash it out, and shine it up.

Check the air conditioning. Have a trusted dealership or mechanic shop check your A/C for any issues before the sweltering summer months hit.

Print this handy infographic from The News Wheel and use it as a reminder and “to-do” list.

Service financing now available

No one expects to have a necessary car repair. Costly and unbudgeted vehicle fixes can be hard to finance – but our dealership may be able to help. We finance for repairs through GE Capital. The finance services unit of General Electric, GE is a well-trusted source of consumer loans. Through financing, customers can pay for repairs and parts a little at a time, and may be surprised to see the low interest rates available.

Avery Greene Honda’s service department uses certified technicians for all Honda services, from oil changes to collision repair. The parts department sells authentic Honda parts for all models.

 

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