Boardman Location Will Be Closed Monday Through Thursday

As a thanks to Darrel and Mark for tiresless working throughout the pandemic as “essential” workers who helped make sure revenue continued to come in to support our Boardman store and our other locations I’ve given them paid vacation for Sunday – Thursday the 18th. In such, we will be closed until Friday. These guys deserve a break.

HONDA OIL CONSUMPTION SETTLEMENT REACHED

Honda Oil Consumption

Honda Oil Consumption

– An Acura oil consumption settlement has been reached after vehicle owners alleged the following models are equipped with defective 3.7-liter J37 engines.

  • 2010-2013 Acura MDX
  • 2011-2012 Acura RL
  • 2009-2014 Acura TL
  • 2010-2013 Acura ZDX

The Acura oil consumption settlement still needs to receive final approval by the judge in July, but vehicle owners and Honda agreed to the terms.

According to the class action lawsuit, the plaintiffs say they discovered the Acura excessive oil consumption problem in September 2013 and eventually took the vehicle to the dealership six times during the warranty coverage period.

The dealership performed two oil consumption tests that allegedly showed 1 quart of oil was used every 2,400 to 2,900 miles.

The plaintiffs also allege the “Maintenance Minder” (MM) deceives drivers by displaying inaccurate information regarding the “life of engine oil when that oil is getting burnt during the operation of the engine and doesn’t last for the amount of time displayed by the MM.”

Acura allegedly concealed oil consumption problems and denied there were problems when Acura owners visited dealerships. The plaintiffs claim they would have purchased or leased models with different engines or would have been driving vehicles manufactured by competitors if Honda would have warned them about the engines.

Acura says the owner’s manuals recommend to check the engine oil each time the vehicles are refueled, something the lawsuit says is “unconscionable.”

However, the settlement notice admits only a limited number of Acura owners have complained about oil consumption problems.

The lawsuit was never certified as a class action and the automaker denies there are problems with the vehicles. Honda says the only reason it agreed to the settlement is to avoid the time and expense of ongoing litigation.

The settlement doesn’t provide customers with replacement engines even though the plaintiffs allege it’s the engines that are defective. But customers may be eligible for other benefits.

Acura Oil Consumption Settlement Terms

Honda has agreed to reimburse for out-of-pocket expenses incurred before the class action notice date as long as a customer submits a valid and eligible claim and the required documents.

Honda has also agreed to cover the costs for piston repairs after the settlement agreement has been signed as long as the repair is performed during the powertrain warranty period or the warranty gap period.

The gap period means the six months after the effective date of the settlement and applies only to vehicles which are outside the powertrain warranty period and which do not have prior eligible repairs for which the claim can be made.

Honda will also cover the cost for a piston repair after the Acura oil consumption settlement is signed, provided the repair is performed during the powertrain warranty period or during the warranty gap period.

In addition, Honda will provide an updated powertrain warranty period to customers after the Acura oil consumption settlement is signed.

A customer may need to have an excessive oil consumption test performed by an Acura dealer under the warranty extension period. The procedure is explained in the settlement.

  1. Your vehicle will need to be topped off with oil to start the oil consumption test.
  2. The dealership may ask you questions about your oil service history, including whether you top off the engine oil in between oil change visits.
  3. You will be provided an engine oil consumption test form and the starting mileage on your vehicle will be recorded.
  4. The service advisor will provide you with instructions on how to check the engine oil level (as needed or at various intervals), what information you may need to record on the test form and when to return to the dealership (this is usually after 1,000 miles of driving).
  5. The dealer will determine how much oil (if any) your vehicle consumed during the 1,000 mile trip.
  6. Your vehicle’s engine oil consumption is “excessive” if the oil consumption rate is 1 quart or more every 1,000 miles.
  7. If your oil consumption is excessive and your vehicle is within the Powertrain Warranty Extension Period (8 year/125,000 miles, whichever occurs first), you will be provided an oil consumption warranty repair.

If the Acura oil consumption settlement receives final approval based on the current terms, Honda will self-administer the settlement and as the claims administrator will be responsible for approving or denying owner claims.

The Acura oil consumption class action lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles: Kojikian et al. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The plaintiffs are represented by the Margarian Law Firm.

Reminder Boardman Location Resumes Wednesday Hours Tomorrow

As we continue to monitor the advice from the CDC, OSHA and Gov DeWine we are happy to announce we will be opening back up on Wednesdays for oil change services. We will see you tomorrow!

Today Is National Apple Pie Day, Take $5 Off

–  Grab a fork and a napkin, because Apple Pie day is coming this May 13. Talk about a holiday you can really sink your teeth into!

Apple pie has been around since the Middle Ages. A Dutch cookbook dated 1514 lists a recipe for Appeltaerten. It called for a standard pie crust, slices of soft seedless apples, and a few tasty spices—specifically cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, mace, and sugar—all cooked up in a traditional Dutch oven. The English also had their version of apple pie, which dates back to the time of Chaucer. The English version also suggests adding figs, raisins, and pears to the apple-and-spice mixture. In Sweden, apple crumble was the gold-standard. Traditional Swedish apple crumble requires breadcrumbs or rolled oats instead of pastry, and is served up with custard or ice cream. In France, apple pie is served upside-down as a tarte tatin.

The French also caramelized their apples, an innovation which added a whole new dynamic to the flavor. They were also the ones who decided to add cheese to their pies, which actually makes for a surprisingly delicious treat. In the 17th century, apple pie was finally brought to the American colonies. Over time, apple trees (which were not native to the Americas) began to grow, which made baking much easier. Now, apple pie has become an indelible part of the American identity, to the extent that apple pie is considered one of the most American things in the world.

NATIONAL APPLE PIE DAY ACTIVITIES

  1. Bake your own apple pie

    Any good cookbook will no doubt have an apple pie recipe in its dessert section. Follow the recipe to the letter or improvise — whatever sounds like the most fun. There are even dedicated apple pie cookbooks, such as Ken Haedrich’s Apple Pie. Pick the one that sounds the yummiest and have some fun!

  2. Have an apple pie potluck

    Since there are so many different ways to make apple pie, there’s a chance that you haven’t tried your favorite kind yet. Get a few friends together and set a challenge to each bake a different apple pie. When you’re all done, get together and do a taste-test. See which baker comes out on top!

  3. Go on a pie crawl

    If you don’t happen to be in a baking mood, you can always go out to get apple pie. Make a list of all the restaurants in your area that serve apple pie, get a group of friends together, and go out on the town in search of the very best in apple pie. Even if baking isn’t your style, you can still get “pie” with a little help from your friends.

Today Is National Eat What You Want Day – Take $9 Off Any Oil Change

– Restricting yourself from your favorite foods can be difficult. That is why, on May 11, we celebrate National Eat What You Want Day! On this day, people are encouraged to treat themselves by giving in to their sweet tooth, carb-loading without having a marathon to run, and eating breakfast for dinner. Because on Eat What You Want Day, no one can tell you what NOT to eat.

NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY – SURVEY RESULTS

FULL RANKING OF FOODS AMERICANS WOULD EAT EVERYDAY (IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCES)

#1: Pizza (13%)
#2: Pasta (12%)
#3: Burgers (11%)
#4: Ice cream (11%)
#5: Tacos or burritos (9%)
#6: Chocolate (9%)
#7: French fries (9%)
#8: Donuts (7%)
#9: Cake (6%)
#10: Chips (5%)
#11: Cheese (4%)
#12: Cookies (4%)
– Data gathered by a top Miami PR Firm

NATIONAL EAT WHAT YOU WANT DAY ACTIVITIES

  1. Have breakfast for dinner

    One thing that people always seem to seek permission for is having breakfast for dinner. Take the freedom to choose and have a fluffy stack of pancakes with a side of bacon before bedtime. You may throw off your taste buds, but your stomach will be happy.

  2. Break the routine

    If you normally pack a lunch for school/work, leave the brown paper bag at home. Instead, invite your coworkers out for lunch and try a new restaurant in the area. You will enjoy the company and the break from the same old sandwich.

  3. Get the kids involved

    Parents are mainly in charge of selecting what’s for dinner. Eat What you Want Day is an opportunity for the kids to decide what will be on tonight’s menu, and creates an opportunity for them to help out with the meal.