2014 July Newsletter

 

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Honda News
Honda has the longest sustained U.S. manufacturing presence of any international automaker. Here’s some of their steps to their success:
INVEST

$15.3 billion capital investment: Invested in the U.S. through 2013.

70 facilities: U.S. operations include state-of-the-art manufacturing plants, R&D centers,

parts centers, and marketing, sales, and finance offices.

$2 billion new investment: Invested into U.S. auto manufacturing plants since 2011.

HIRE

28,500 associates: U.S. employment, with 73% in manufacturing.

$2.1 billion payroll: U.S. payroll in 2013.

146,700 dealer jobs: Employment across the U.S. at American Honda auto, powersports,

and power equipment dealerships.

BUY

530 suppliers: Honda U.S. parts and materials suppliers across 34 states.

$23 billion parts and materials: U.S. purchases in 2013.

13,900 companies: Maintenance, repair, and operational (MRO) services suppliers that

support Honda’s operations in the U.S.

Honda in America
New Vehicle Special
2014 Honda Odyssey LX

$215 per month lease for 36 months!

*5dr. MSRP: $29,655. Model Code: RL5H2EEW. 36 month closed end lease. $3195 trade or cash down. First payment. $595 acq. Fee. Taxes + DMV fees due at lease signing. 12,000 miles/year. $0.15 overage. To qualified buyers through AHFC. Offer valid through 9/2/14.

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Work Anniversaries
Jeff Colletta: 1 year, Akil Sanders: 1 year, Lonnie Lusk: 1 year,

Chris Wilson: 2 years, Izzy Burgado: 2 years

The Importance Of Your Struts And Shocks
How many miles do shocks and struts last?

Experts recommend replacement of automotive shocks and struts at 50,000 miles. Testing has shown that original equipment gas-charged shocks and struts degrade measurably by 50,000 miles. For many popular-selling vehicles, replacing these worn shocks and struts can improve the vehicle’s handling characteristics and comfort. Unlike a tire, which rotates a specific number of times per mile, a shock absorber or strut may compress and extend several times per mile on a smooth road, or several hundred times per mile on a very rough road. There are other factors that affect the life of a shock or strut, such as, regional weather conditions, amount and type of road contaminants, driving habits, loading the vehicle, tire/wheel modifications, and the general mechanical condition of the suspension and tires. Have your shocks and struts inspected by Ralph Honda once a year, or every 12,000 miles.

How do I know when my shocks or struts need to be replaced?

It’s relatively easy for most vehicle owners to determine when their tires, brakes and windshield wipers are worn out. Shocks and struts, on the other hand, aren’t nearly as simple to inspect, in spite of the fact that these safety-critical components are high susceptible to everyday wear and tear. Shocks and struts should be inspected every time it is brought in for tire, brake or alignment services. During a road test, a technician may notice an unusual noise originating from the suspension system. The technician may also notice that the vehicle exhibits excessive bounce, sway, or front end dive during braking. This could warrant additional inspection. If the shock or strut has lost a large amount of fluid, if it is bent or broken, or if it has damaged brackets or worn bushings, it should be repaired or replaced. Generally, replacement of parts will be required if a part no longer performs the intended purpose, if the part does not meet a design specification (regardless of performance), or if a part is missing. Replacement shocks may also be installed in order to improve the ride, for preventative reasons, or to meet a special requirement; for example, load-assisting shock absorbers can be installed for leveling a vehicle that is often used for to carry additional weight.

What will happen if I don’t replace worn shocks or struts?

Shocks and struts are an integral part of your suspension system. They will work to prevent suspension parts and tires from wearing out prematurely. If worn, they could jeopardize your ability to stop, steer and maintain stability. They also work to maintain tire contact with the road and reduce the weight at which vehicle weight transfers among the wheels when negotiating corners or during braking.

Does my vehicle need to be aligned after I have my struts replaced?

Yes. We recommend alignments anytime replacement struts are installed. However, there are a few exceptions where the vehicle manufacturer does not provide alignment provisions, or where the alignment angles are not affected by a strut replacement. Examples include certain double wishbones, some modified type of struts, and suspension systems which utilize shock absorbers.

The steering wheel on my strut-equipped vehicle does not return to center after negotiating a corner. What could be causing this?

The main cause for this is a strut bearing plate that will not rotate freely due to contaminants, over-torqued rod nut, or wear. Other cause can include: low tire pressure, incorrect alignment angles, and binding steering components such as ball joints, tie-rod ends, and steering rack.

Recall Checks
If you would like to make sure a recall has been completed on your Honda, please click the link below (we will need your vehicle identification number), fill out the required information and a Service Team Member will get back to you.

Upcoming Local Events
August 2nd – 3rd Park Avenue Arts Festival – www.rochesterevents.com

August 2nd – 3rd Brockport Arts Festival – www.brockportartsfestival.com

August 11th – 17th Wegmans Rochester LPGA Championship – www.wegmanslpga.org

www.RalphHonda.com

Sales Department Parts Department Contact Us

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 8pm Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm Ralph Honda

Friday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm Friday – Saturday: 8am – 5pm 3939 W. Ridge Road

Sunday: Closed Sunday: Closed Rochester, NY 14626

Service Department Body Shop Department Toll Free: 800-373-1280

Monday – Friday: 7am (Vehicle Drop Off) Monday – Friday: 8am – 5pm Phone: (585) 225-3200

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 8pm (Techs Available) Fax: (585) 723-0416

Friday – Saturday: 8am – 5pm

Sunday: Closed

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