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Dashboard Lighting Up Like a Christmas Tree?

Check the Terminal Connections If the Dash Lights Up

Life is good but then your dashboard instrument panel lights up like a Christmas tree. You painstakingly review the symbols from the owner’s manual and corresponding OBD-II codes.

Now that you are up to speed on the on-board diagnostic system, it would seem that the air flow sensor, O2 sensor, electric load detector, alternator FR circuit, evaporative emission control system have all up and decided to stop working.

Or maybe it is a much simpler fix. For example, in some Honda Civics, a bad terminal or a poor connection in part of the under-dash fuse/relay box could result in all of the above diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) setting.

To easily resolve all that, ensure the terminal is properly plugged in or replace it if there is any damage. The HDS (Honda Diagnostic System) can be reset to clear that array of DTCs.

Trust YHS Automotive Service Center in Katy, Texas, to resolve all your vehicle service issues. Call 281-944-9750 for questions and to schedule your service.

Top Ten Hybrid Cars

Hybrid Cars – A Rundown

Fuel efficiency is the benefit of hybrids. They use gasoline just like most other vehicles, but the electrical assistance saves consumers money in fuel costs. Hybrid cars also reduce pollutants in the environment.For consumers who aim to spend as little at the dealer as possible, buying a hybrid won’t be their best choice. Dedicated car enthusiasts will find that the choices of hybrids that are fun to drive tend to be a bit thin.

To help hybrid car buyers make an informed decision, here are the top rated hybrid cars that deliver the best gas mileage and performance.

1. Ford C-Max Hybrid

The Ford C-Max Hybrid’s electric and gasoline power train delivers superior fuel economy and decent power. The suspension allows for a comfortable driving experience. The voice command works well with music selection and phone calls. Additionally, the automatic parking feature is fantastic.

2. Ford Fusion Hybrid

Although it did fall short in some EPA ratings, the Ford Fusion’s fuel economy is one of the best among hybrid cars. The sync voice command allows the driver control over personal electronics. The driver assistance features are akin to more expensive cars.

3. Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid 

The Volkswagen Jetta delivers fuel economy in the mid 40 mpg range, which makes it an excellent money saving hybrid car. Another added bonus to this hybrid vehicle is the superior audio system.

4. Chevrolet Malibu Eco

The Chevrolet’s MyLink system delivers Pandora Internet radio, Bluetooth audio, Stitcher and USB iPod connectivity to the dashboard of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco. The Pioneer audio system features good staging and power. The standard OnStar system adds safety and convenience. This car is a good highway cruiser, but the hybrid system falls short on delivering a good fuel economy.

5. Chevrolet Volt

The Volt hybrid features a flexible power train. This offers the best of gasoline power range and electric efficiency. Power delivery is both seamless and effortless. This car offers a myriad of standard cabin technology options and an excellent audio system.

6. Toyota Prius C

The hybrid power train on this car easily achieves a fuel economy of better than 50 miles per gallon. The Entune system allows for access to online searches, weather and gas prices.

7. Toyota Prius V

The Prius V averages more than 40 miles per gallon. The large cabin includes Entune, which gives it an excellent application integration. It’s an excellent choice for families, and the new electronics gives this car a modern edge.

8. Toyota Prius Plug-In

The Prius Plug-In delivers stellar fuel economy and has the capability to further efficiency by being plugged in. The Entune system offers live destination searches, Pandora streaming and traffic data.

9. Lexus CT 200h

This Lexus hybrid is practical. It offers excellent fuel economy, and the information and entertainment features includes data such as gas prices and weather. The luxury that Lexus offers ensures the ride will be smooth.

10. Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE

The voice command in this car supports name dialing with the phone system. Data services such as fuel prices, traffic and weather are received through satellite radio. The fuel economy is great for a vehicle of this size.

Reference links:

http://reviews.cnet.com/best-hybrid-cars/
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1077420_hybrids-should-you-buy-one-the-pros-and-cons

Honda Repairs in Katy Texas

#HondaRepairsKaty 

Honda Repairs

auto repair couponIf you live in the Katy area close to Houston and own a Honda we’d like to introduce ourselves :) Actually I guess you might already of heard of us as you’re reading this page.

YHS Automotive Service Center opened for business in May 2013. Our passion is cars, or at least the fascination with the mechanics that runs it all. Hondas are in our opinion great cars, reliable and simple to repair. Except of course that all cars are becoming more complex as computers are used to monitor performance on cars and to run services available within the car. Honda repairs then are our speciality, Paul Garrett has worked on Hondas for many years and knows them inside out.

However YHS and paul know that you have to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date to be able to service and repair new models, some of which progress technically at a seemingly lightening speed. That’s why, if you’re looking for Honda repairs in Katy bringing your vehicle to YHS makes sense. We are committed to providing you with the best service possible and so we always keep our skills honed.

We also understand that a lot of people will already have mechanics they use and trust so to encourage you to give us a chance to showprint-coupon you how we roll, we’ve got a couple of coupons for you. The one above gives you a choice of services, if you don’t want to print it out, just bring the page in on your smart phone :)

Our second coupon is for a free oil change for new customers who bring in a Honda or Acura, so take advantage of our offers and come down and check us out.

So for Honda repairs in Katy call 281-315-9790 to book a service or inspection or just come on in and have a chat. We work on a first come first served basis so you can often just drop in and get a service, repair or inspection done right away.

The Connected Car

As automotive technology continues to evolve, many manufacturers are trying to capitalize on the demands of consumers to stay connected wherever they are. As vehicles become more sophisticated technologically, there is a growing debate about the possibilities of potential hacking of key components versus the issues of driver safety and emergency communications.

As with any internet connection, whether in someone’s bedroom or in their vehicle, there is always the risk of having an account compromised by hackers gaining unauthorized entry. While some experts say the risk of this is very low, others have concerns about the possibility of car’s computerized systems being hacked into and control of the vehicle being taken away from the driver. There are also concerns expressed about people’s internet accounts being hacked into through the phones and laptops that are able to be connected while in the car. Again, some experts worry about this, while others say the risk of this happening is no greater in a car than in a person’s home. They argue as long as the person is using standard virus protection software and other safety procedures, being connected in the car will be no problem for most drivers.

On the flip side, automotive technology now allows for drivers to have access to emergency communication as well as safer driving features such as GPS, rear-cam technology and sensors able to detect children and animals around the car. Again, there are those who worry about emergency communications networks being compromised by hackers, or drivers being thrown off their routes by those hacking into GPS systems. However, the ability to have emergency communication at one’s fingertips while on the road is a feature most drivers love having, and they have very little worry about the systems being compromised.

While both sides of the debate bring up interesting points, having a connected car in today’s world is something most drivers do not consider a luxury, but rather a necessity. Today’s world, whether at home or on the road, has become one where people expect instant connections with anyone they wish at anytime. Most people are very willing to sacrifice certain safety aspects in order to stay connected wherever they are. As drivers continue to spend more and more time in their cars commuting to work and chauffeuring kids around town, the desire to stay connected is one that will stir strong debate about convenience versus safety.

Reviews of our service

YHS Automotive Service Center Reviews

We are a new business and as such we are delighted to have already received some excellent reviews. If you’re trying to find a good mechanic for your Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus or other brand then we thought these reviews might help :)

We have 2 reviews on Yelp which you can find on our Yelp Page we thank Allison and Jeff for their kind words and look forward to seeing them again.

Review Update

It seems that Yelp’s review filter has removed Allison’s review, we still appreciate her taking the time to give us a 5 star review and hope Yelp will reconsider :)

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Toyota news – electric and fuel cell cars

Toyota Fuel Cell Cars

In 2002, Toyota introduced the first fuel cell car at the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. The Toyota Highlander operates by using a direct electrical current. Simply put, this vehicle can drive 347 miles on one tank of water and a battery. According to Toyota, Americans have saved $2.19 billion dollars in fuel costs by driving Toyota energy efficient vehicles.
Electric and Fuel Cell Cars

Car buyers should keep in mind that there is a difference between electric cars and fuel cell cars. Electric cars are battery powered and fuel cell cars are powered by water. In 2015, Toyota will introduce a hydrogen fuel cell car. The Toyota official website does not say exactly what type of fuel cell car will be introduced. There are very few details about this new vehicle. It will have zero gas emissions and zero water emissions from the exhaust system.

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Cars

A USA Today report states that “Toyota is currently testing 100 hydrogen fuel cell cars.” The cars platforms are based on the Toyota Highlander crossover. On November 30, 2011, journalists got a chance to preview the Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV-R) at the Tokyo Motor Show. The FCV-R will have a price range between $50,000 and $100,000 when it makes its debut in 2015. It will seat four passengers. The FCV-R is 189.8 inches long and 71.6 inches wide. This car is also 60.4 inches tall and it carries two hydrogen tanks underneath the floor of the vehicle.

Mass Production

In the future, Toyota will be mass producing fuel cell cars. Toyota is trying to find new fuel alternatives. Today, consumers can buy a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, or an electric Toyota car. In about two years, consumers will have another option. That option will be hydrogen fuel cell cars at local Toyota dealerships. However, there are a few challenges that Toyota and consumers will have to face.

Finally, consumers will need to be educated on how to properly maintain and care for Toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Also, the company reduced the number of possible hydrogen stations from 60 to 30. Customers need to know where the hydrogen stations will be located. There is still a lot of work to be done before consumers can start driving Toyota’s “green cars.”

References:

Toyota Delivers First Fuel Cell Car to UC Davis

Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Runs 2300 Miles

United States Department of Energy:Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Toyota:Fuel Cell Technology

The Right To Repair Act

YHS-auto-service-centerThe Right to Repair Act requires auto manufacturers to supply all repair shops with vital service data. In states and countries that have not enacted this law, automakers only provide the information to dealerships that sell new cars. This makes it very difficult for small service stations to identify and fix complex problems.The RRA is currently in effect in the European Union and the state of Massachusetts. It orders automakers to give repair shops the codes they need to access computerized diagnostic systems. They must also provide other service information that helps mechanics perform successful repairs.The National Federation of Independent Business, the AAA, various auto part suppliers and many car repair shops back the Right to Repair Act. Supporters want it to become law throughout North America. This legislation should not be confused with the Right to Repair Act in Georgia; it regulates home repairs performed by contractors.

The RRA affects many types of businesses and individuals. It gives small repair shops a better ability to compete with dealerships. call YHS now to book your auto repair appointmentLimited access to diagnostic data currently renders them unable to perform millions of repairs. The law also helps aftermarket part suppliers that sell products to independent shops.

call-yhsThe Right to Repair Act offers great benefits for vehicle owners as well. It eliminates the need to visit a dealer for complex car repairs. This allows drivers to save time and money by using the nearest service station. However, the act remains controversial because of its negative impact on auto dealerships.