How to Keep Your Car Running Forever – Or Seem Like It

Keep Your Car Running Forever

Keep Your Car Running

Are you the type to keep your car long after you’ve paid off your auto loan? Here are some tips to keep your vehicle running for what feels like forever.

Don’t Floor It

Accelerating quickly right when you put the keys in the ignition is a big no-no. When your engine is cold, that means the oil isn’t flowing properly yet, and forcing the mechanical parts to work hard right away means your engine is running with less lubricant – which means more damage in the long run.

Drive Calmly

The same way you shouldn’t put your pedal to the metal right away when you start your car, you also shouldn’t be slamming the brakes or quickly shifting from forward to reverse without coming to a full stop.

Follow the Service Schedule

I know, I know – getting your car checked so often is such a huge and seemingly unnecessary expense, but having your vehicle inspected regularly can catch damage before it becomes a much bigger – and more expensive – problem down the road.

Check Fluids and Tires Often

Gas, oil, coolant, brake fluid – all of these are crucial to keeping your vehicle in top working condition. It’s also recommended that you check tire pressure every other week, because improperly inflated tires can be hard on your car.

Listen to Your Car

Above all, trust yourself. You know what your car usually drives and sounds like. Listen for odd noises or any strange vibrations or clunks when driving; noticing the symptoms of a problem can prevent damage later on.

You can save a lot of money by holding onto the same vehicle for years. Keep your car in like-new condition by following these guidelines.

What You Should Know About the New Honda Ridgeline

New Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline surprised pickup enthusiasts everywhere this January when it swept into the North American International Auto Show and took home the ‘Truck of the Year’ title. Afterwards, critics and fans alike took a closer look at the new Honda Ridgeline to see what made it so great. The truth is that the 2017 Ridgeline is a jack of all trades that makes the pickup segment more accessible to a variety of lifestyles.

 New Honda Ridgeline Specifications

The Ridgeline is a four-door truck that can comfortably seat five passengers in a well-appointed interior that looks and feels luxurious. The cabin has been redesigned to be more user-friendly and tech-savvy, making it a great option for drivers who need a family hauler but want a truck. This mid-size truck is also equipped for off-road handling and features available options like an in-bed trunk and audio system, which is great for drivers who love to tailgate.

 A Family Truck

With all of the above, plus your typical midsize truck capabilities like towing and hauling and a whopping seven trim levels to choose from, it’s easy to see why industry insiders are calling the new Honda Ridgeline a “family truck.” From top-of-the-line safety systems to fun accessories that make entertainment on the go more accessible, the Ridgeline doesn’t compromise a thing.

New Honda Civic Type R Is Set to Hit the US

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The Civic Type R is getting plenty of attention from car enthusiasts worldwide, as this new prototype is a promising new take on a classic Honda sedan. The Civic Type R promises up to 300 horsepower and a tuned six-speed transmission, as well as record-setting lap times. This sporty new special edition could just be on the market in the next year or so.

According to CNET, the Honda Civic Type R is a new version of the latest 2017 Honda Civic to hit the market. The Type R comes with great changes, including improved air intake, carbon fiber trim, a front splitter, 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, and more. Though this model is offered currently as a hatchback in Japan, the brand recently announced that it will hit the US sometime in the next year.

True Honda fans probably recognize that the Civic Type R was actually released several years ago, first with the NSX and then the Integra. The Civic version came along in the late 1990s and again in the early 2000s, offering up to 182 horsepower. However, the 2017 version promises to nearly double the power of the older version.

What else is new on the Civic Type R? This model also has a mechanical limited-slip differential for added handling around corners, as well as adjustable dampers, front struts, and more. Other great features include Agile Steering Assist torque-vectoring, improving performance on the track. We can’t wait to see the latest Type R when it makes its way to the US.

Things to Do in Fayetteville: Visit the Airborne and Special Ops Museum

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Looking for things to do in Fayetteville? Stop by the Airborne and Special Operations Museum. Often ranking as one of the top attractions in the area, this historical museum has interesting information, stunning architecture, and impressive displays. Great for young kids as well as adults, this museum is a perfect way to spend a day.

According to the Airborne and Special Operations Museum website, the facility opened its doors in 2000, and it has free admission. There is a main exhibit area, temporary gallery, and a four-story theater, and you’ll also find a motion simulator ride, a fun experience for all. The building is an official part of the United States Army Museum System, and the exhibits largely date from modern warfare to WWII operations.

“Nearly 20 years from dream to reality, the museum has become a place to honor and preserve the legendary feats of the airborne and special operations troops who have contributed so much to defending our nation’s interests,” reads the official website.  “From the early days of the Parachute Test Platoon to the ongoing War on Terrorism, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum recounts the actions of heroic soldiers.”

The most notable exhibits include the Battle of Mogadishu exhibit, an event that is the focus of the film Black Hawk Down (2001). You can also see early airborne divisions dating back to 1940, as well as Korean and Vietnam War exhibits. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is just one of many things to do in the area.

Updated 2017 CR-V More Spacious and Efficient

Honda updated 2017 CR-V - More Spacious and Efficient

The Honda CR-V is a best-selling member of its class for a reason, and that’s because it’s packed with tons of cutting-edge features that make driving easy, fun, and more convenient than ever. Practicality pairs with style and performance to make a great family car. Now, the updated 2017 CR-V is more spacious and efficient than ever, and adds a ton of value to this already excellent and reputable vehicle.

The 2017 CR-V is entering a brand-new generation, with the fourth-generation model sitting on a new platform with an all-new design that’s as striking yet affordable as ever. The more modern look gives away the CR-V’s more capable driving dynamics, thanks to two efficient engine options and a CVT for boosted fuel economy. The 190-HP turbocharged 1.5-liter engine is the more efficient of the two with a fuel rating of 29 mpg combined.

The updated 2017 CR-V also features a longer wheelbase as well as increased height and width, allowing for even more volume in the interior for passengers and cargo. You can now expand the cargo area to up to 76 cubic feet by folding down the rear row, too. Either way, the new CR-V is committed to being more modern, efficient, and comfortable than ever.

Enjoy the Holiday Lights at Cape Fear Botanical Gardens

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Fayetteville is packed with fun things to do for the holidays, but if you’re stumped on where to go to get into the spirit of Christmas, why don’t you check out the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens? Just in time for Christmas, the Gardens have put up stunning displays for their Holiday Lights event, so you can enjoy the sights all through December up until December 30th, when the last evening for the show concludes at 9pm.

This is Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s sixth year in a row hosting the Holiday Lights event and festivities, transforming all the plants and trees on display in the Gardens into sparkling visions of Christmas lights. Enjoy thousands of displays along a mile-long path with the whole family to embrace holiday festivities and the outdoors. You can purchase tickets online to save money or buy tickets at the door.

You can conclude your adventure through the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens by enjoying arts and crafts for kids, taking photos with Santa Claus, roasting s’mores over an open firepit, and searching through the gift shop for a souvenir or gift. No matter what, the Holiday Lights event is sure to become a tradition with lasting memories for you and your family.

Honda Serial One Restoration Complete

Honda Serial OneIn 1969 after becoming the best-selling motorcycle brand in the United States, Honda introduced the N600 to our shores. After nearly 50 years of sitting in a junk pile, someone discovered Serial One—an N600 with VIN 1000001. However, they didn’t even know what they had found.

This historic vehicle was in dire shape, but was given to LA-based mechanic Tim Mings for a full restoration. Something he does on a full-time basis. When Mings made the serial number discovery, he contacted Honda and of course they became involved in the restoration.

The project took over a year to complete and the car had to be taken apart down to its sheet metal before any rebuilding could begin. Honda documented the entire process and has released a series of videos so fans could follow along.

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“Throughout the incredible journey of Honda’s Serial One to a complete restoration, fans have been able to witness firsthand how meticulous the process has been to bring the first N600 in America back to its original form,” said Alicia Jones, Honda social media manager. “Sharing the restoration process with car enthusiasts and Honda fans everywhere is what this program has been all about.”

The finished product was unveiled at the Japanese Classic Car Show in Long Beach, California this summer.

Five Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

Five Alternative Ways to Cook a Turkey

The turkey has long been the centerpiece of an American Thanksgiving feast. However, for some people, the traditional basted and roasted turkey may look pretty, but doesn’t taste that good. If you fall into this camp, consider taking on the turkey this year and try one of these five alternative ways to cook a turkey.

  1. Deep fried. For possibly the most delicious, yet unhealthy, turkey you’ve ever had, try deep frying. This is something you must do outside so you don’t catch your house on fire. And, make sure you have the proper tools.
  2. Smoked. For a truly unique flavor, trying a smoked turkey. You can use different types of woods and other seasonings to create a one-of-a-king taste.
  3. Spatchcocked. This method involves removing the turkey’s spine and laying it out flat before roasting. This will help the turkey cook evenly and better retain its moisture.
  4. Turducken. This recipe calls for a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken. It is complicated and takes a long time, so make sure you’re fully ready for the task before attempting this feat.
  5. Stewed. While you may lose the traditional turkey look, a rich turkey stew will never be dry. Pair it will all the traditional side dishes so no one is disappointed.

Are you planning on trying an alternative turkey recipe this year?

Honda Odyssey Updates More Family-Friendly Than Ever

Honda Odyssey Updates

Honda Odyssey Updates

Nothing says family-friendly like a minivan. From its spacious interior with flexible seating to the host of convenience features it offers, the Honda Odyssey is the picture-perfect representative of the minivan segment, more than earning its place as a solid member of Honda’s lineup. Now, for 2016, the Honda Odyssey updates have served to only make the minivan more convenient and accommodating for parents everywhere.

One feature that stands out – and has reviewers gushing – is the HondaVAC. While this built-in vacuum cleaner was offered on previous model years of the Honda Odyssey, 2016 marks the first year the feature will be standard on all models, whereas earlier incarnations of the van saw the HondaVAC appear only on upper-range trims. Outlets for your electronic devices and even a standard rear-seat entertainment system also come with the Odyssey, making sure you can keep the kids busy on long trips.

If you upgrade to some of the upper-level models, you can also get access to conveniences like an integrated touchscreen navigation system and a power liftgate, but Honda’s inclusion of these standard features on a more affordable trim showcases the brand’s determination to make the Honda Odyssey updates more accessible to families everywhere. How’s that for customer satisfaction?

Taste of Fayetteville Coming Up Early October

Taste of Fayetteville

Taste of Fayetteville

Many cities now have their own variation of a “taste of” event where they celebrate the local cuisine and business of the area. Fayetteville is celebrating its seventh year in a row of the Taste of Fayetteville event, where local businesses unite to provide sample sizes of their food to lure in potential patrons. It’s a great way for guests of the event to try something new and discover restaurants in their area they didn’t even know about.

Taking place on Sunday, October 9th in Festival Park, Taste of Fayetteville is a free entry, rain-or-shine event. You have to buy tickets in order to exchange them for food, however, with ticket prices being only $1 per ticket – though vendors can charge anywhere from 1 to 4 tickets for a taste of their food, so budget accordingly. You can pre-buy tickets online, or you can buy on-site – however, if you choose to buy tickets at the event, keep in mind it’s cash only! There will be ATMs available at the park.

Taste of Fayetteville will also be providing a Kids Zone for the little ones, as well as live musical acts for entertainment. The event will run from 12 PM until 6 PM, so be prepared for a full day of trying out all the great food the region has to offer.