5 Things to Do At Home to Keep Your Honda Happy

If your Honda has been sitting in the garage due to the lockdowns, or just because it’s been a while since you visited your friendly auto mechanic, here are 5 things you can do to check if your Honda needs immediate attention, or if you can continue to drive it until the next regularly scheduled maintenance visit: 1) Leaks: If you have not driven your Honda for a while, just fire up the engine, and move the car – see if there are any spots where it was standing – any leaks should be easy to spot. 2) Tires: Compare inflation level – just walk around your Honda. Are any tires lower than the others? If yes, time to go to the local gas station, or visit our auto repair shop in Campbell to get some air. If they are inflated at the same level – nothing to be done. 3) Battery: Does the battery have a lot of corrosion built up on the cables, where they are attached to the battery? If it’s really bad, you should have a professionals look at it. If it’s just a little bit, you are ok, but do mention it to your mechanic next time you go for Honda oil service. 4) Windshield washers/wipers. The dust and ashes coming from the fires give us the perfect opportunity to see if the windshield washer is working and if the wipers clean fully – there should be no streaks. If there are streaks, take a little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wipe the wiper surface – this should clean any buildup. If...

Welcome back Ford Bronco!

Great news for those of us who liked the rugged Ford Bronco – it is back! Twenty five years after it was discontinued, Ford is bringing Ford Bronco back. In its new incarnation, it will become an SUV, but it still has that rugged Ford Bronco design. It will come with two choices of the turbocharged EcoBoost engine, you will have a choice of automatic or manual transmissions, and plenty of accessories to choose from. Unlike the original Bronco, the new Ford Bronco SUV will be roomy enough to take friends or family on those outdoor adventures. Naturally, Made in Japan/USA/Europe will be ready to support the new Ford Bronco when it becomes available. In the meantime, we stand ready to help you with other Ford vehicles you might own. From Ford oil change to major engine repairs, we are happy to be of service. If you want to take a look at the new Ford Bronco, here is the link to the Bronco page on the Ford website:...

Volkswagen Industrial Cloud – Improved VW?

May, 2020—Volkswagen is not only betting its future on electric cars (we talked about this in our previous blog posts) but it is also working on restructuring its manufacturing processes through creation of an Industrial Cloud, which is supposed to improve efficiency of its manufacturing plants, and reduce production costs. Initially by 2019 Volkswagen linked 3 plants, but now it plans to expand the project to 15 plants. Volkswagen Industrial Cloud provides standardized ways to collect manufacturing plant data, and use the data to provide predictive maintenance information and reduction of vehicle rework though the use of Artificial Intelligence applications. Data from several hundred thousand machines and manufacturing plant items will be recorded by sensors, and fed into the AI programs that will look for patterns that could be used to improve maintenance or production quality. Overall plan calls for improving productivity of the plants by at least 30%. Presumably this will result in cost savings of billions of dollars. Volkswagen is also planning to make the system available to other companies, presumably making it yet another profit center for VW. The benefit to Volkswagen owners should be improved quality, and, presumably, fewer price increases – be it for cars or parts – as the more efficient and more productive plants should reduce overall unit cost of production. In the meantime, at Made in Japan/USA/Europe we continue to welcome Volkswagen owners, and continue to offer superior Campbell Volkswagen service and repairs. All repairs are backed by 3 year / 36,000 mile warranty. So next time your Volkswagen needs service or repairs – give us a...

Honda Recycles and Finds New Uses for Old Honda Hybrid Batteries

Honda Hybrids are pretty popular, and Honda manufactures plenty of them. As those vehicles age, so do their hybrid batteries. At some point, they need to be replaced. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we offer broad range of Honda Hybrid services, and we also do Honda hybrid battery replacements. With all those used hybrid batteries piling up, Honda decided to find a way to recycle and reuse them. In Europe it expanded its partnership with a major European recycling company – SNAM. They will evaluate used hybrid batteries and divide them based on the state – if they are still viable – they will be used for electrical storage for homes and businesses. If they are dead, they will be recycled. Fortunately, new recycling technologies have been developed that allow for economic recovery of rare earth metals that are used in manufacture of the hybrid batteries. Recyclers will extract Lithium and Cobalt from the dead batteries, and these metals will be used to produce new hybrid batteries. Cobalt can also be reused in the production of pigments - you may have heard of “cobalt blue” – it is a blue pigment created by mixing alumina with cobalt oxide the temperature of about 2200 F. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we not only admire Honda for their environment-friendly practices but also join in by running an environmentally friendly shop. In the meantime, if your Honda Hybrid requires service or repairs, or if its hybrid battery needs to be replaced, give us a call – we are happy to be of...

Honda Helps Students Learn Next Generation Manufacturing

Honda announced that they are partnering with Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC) to provide Indiana students with exposure to careers in next generation manufacturing. Honda has a large plant in Greensburg, Indiana that produces Honda Civic sedan as well as Honda CR-V, and CR-V Hybrid. The plant has production capacity of 250,000 vehicles per year. Honda in partnership with IN-Mac created a Design and Innovation Studio. Middle school and high school students can explore design, as well as problem solving, and be exposed to advanced technologies, including 3D printers, programming, and robotics – all learning modules include hands-on activities. The Studio is located inside Honda’s Greensburg manufacturing plant. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe we applaud Honda efforts. We have been servicing and repairing Honda vehicles for over three decades. Our clients have found Honda an economical, yet highly reliable vehicle. We provide a full range of Honda services and repairs – from oil service to major engine repairs – if you Honda needs some TLC, give us a call. We are happy to be of...

Volkswagen Expanding EV Training

Volkswagen continues to expand its electric vehicle (EV) commitments. As it continues the $800 million investment in the Chattanooga TN plant, it also ramps up training for those working in the high-voltage environment. Training ranges from 2 weeks to 6 months, depending on the jobs involved. Training will involve working in high-voltage environment, working with high-voltage batteries, and robotics. Volkswagen plans to start producing electric vehicles at the Chattanooga plant starting in 2022. It’s a part of VW commitment to building millions of electric vehicles in this decade. Workers will receive training onsite, but they will also travel to the Volkswagen plant in former East Germany, where Volkswagen is already producing its Volkswagen ID.3 electric vehicle. We are thrilled to see Volkswagen follow up on its promises to ramp up production of electric vehicles, and that the production facilities are located in the United States. At Made in Japan/USA/Europe in Campbell, we are closely following EV development, and including EV training in our ongoing technician training plans. While currently the vast majority of Volkswagens we service and repair are the conventional gasoline variety, we are looking forward to cleaner, greener electric vehicles from Volkswagen. In the meantime, if you drive a gasoline engine VW, bring it to us – we can provide a full gamut of services and repairs – from oil service, to brake pad replacement, to manufacturer recommended maintenance, to major transmission and engine repairs. If your VW needs help – give us a...