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Top 5 Common Honda Accord Repair Problems

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The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another. Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.

 

#1: Vibration When Braking

This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement.

Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.

#2: Transmission Failure

Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement

If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking

If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more.

In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.

#4: Power Door Lock Failure

Your Accord’s power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction.

Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.

#5: Dashboard Display Dark

For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Like most cars today, Honda Accords have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs can be high. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX. Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

Our guest blogger this month is Joe Campanella of CARCHEX. Get a Warranty Quote from our trusted partner.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Accord repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

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We’re Headed To Chicago!

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Join the Zubie team at Insurance Telematics USA 2015!
The Zubie product and technology team is excited to showcase our Global UBI solution at this premier industry event. Named The Best Insurance Telematics Product of 2015 at the TU Automotive Awards in Detroit, Zubie is a leading provider of sophisticated driver scoring, analytics, and custom UBI solutions that help top-tier insurance providers acquire and retain customers.
Zubie conference highlights:

  • UBI Customer Acquisition panel discussion with Chief Technology Officer, Ari Silkey
  • Demos of our unparalleled driver scoring analytics and UBI solutions
  • Preview of our soon-to-be-released suite of contextual analytics capabilities equipping insurers with powerful context-based insights for driver profiling and UBI purposes:
    • PlaceMatch uses driving patterns to automatically identify frequent destinations that are meaningful in the context of daily driving
    • DriverMatch intelligently infers the likely driver for each trip in a multi-car, multi-driver family or small business fleet
    • Embedded posted speed limits for individual roads and visual summary in the form of major or minor speeding alerts

Join Ari Silkey and Navin Ganeshan (VP of Product) along with other members of the Zubie Team to check out these exciting new features and solutions.

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Top 5 Common Ford F-150 Repair Problems

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Our guest blogger this month is Joe Campanella of CARCHEX. Get a Warranty Quote.

The Ford F-150 stands out as a worldwide leader among full sized pickup trucks. Do-it-yourselfers, private businesses, and large construction companies all rely on this durable workhorse to get the job done. Like any vehicle though, the F-150 occasionally has mechanical failures. Here are the most common F-150 repair problems.

#1: Ignition Coil Failure Due To Spark Plug Gap

If the check engine light comes on, there’s a good chance that an excessive spark plug gap has caused an ignition coil failure. This might also lead to sputtering or misfiring of the engine. The ignition coil transforms the F-150’s battery voltage into a much higher voltage needed to ignite fuel via the spark plugs.

This problem is fixed by replacing the failed ignition coils, the spark plugs, and the coil boots.

These repairs could cost you up to $700 or more.

#2: Spark Plug Ejection From Cylinder Head

For the V8 F-150, the spark plug sometimes gets ejected from the cylinder head. When this happens, the spark plug hole threads can be damaged. Ford has released a technical service bulletin about this problem. If your truck is still under warranty, Ford recommends cylinder replacement. Otherwise, they authorize a thread insert repair.

A cylinder head gasket replacement can cost around $1,400-$1,500.

#3: Head Gasket Oil Leak

Another common F-150 mechanical issue can be an oil leak on the passenger side head gasket. You might discover oil dripping on the starter. The best solution is to replace the head gasket or repair the leak.

Head gasket leak repair might cost you around $300 – $400.

#4: Rough Engine Idling

Even though it’s a full sized pickup, the F-150 engine should idle smoothly. Rough engine idling is commonly caused by an EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) sensor malfunction which results in the EGR valve not closing properly.

To fix this problem, you should have the EGR sensor and valve replaced which will cost you around $300 – $400.

#5: Brake Pad And Rotor Wear

If you hear loud squeaking or feel a grinding sensation while braking, then you probably need at least a brake pad replacement. Make sure the rotors are checked with every pad change. On the Ford F-150 brake pad and rotor replacement can cost you anywhere from $350 – $750.

When you first get your brake pads replaced, brake lightly so the pads can get worn in gradually.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles have complicated mechanical parts. This means repair costs are rising. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of F-150 repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles.

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Introducing Web View 2.0

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We are excited to announce the release of Web View 2.0, Zubie’s web app for connected cars. For businesses and families alike, the new interface makes it even easier to keep connected to your vehicles.

Login to your account at https://my.zubie.co.

So what’s new?

Live Map Layout

We revamped the layout of Live Map, making it really easy to see the status of all of your vehicles in one spot.  You can easily drill into the details for one vehicle, or see your entire armada in the new full screen view.  Live Map smartly refreshes in the background.  We have some Zubie Business customers who put Live Map on a flat screen in their office for everyone to see!

 

Map Tools

Interact with the Live Map, just like you would with Google Maps.

  • Right click to lookup an address, and easily add a new Place to set a geofence.
  • Toggle Satellite and Traffic layers.
  • Toggle Places layer, so you can easily see vehicle locations in the context of offices, home, or business locations.

 

Sexier Design

Can a website really be sexy?  We’d like to think so.  Based on beta testing, she’s at least got game.

 

We’d love your feedback on Facebook or Twitter.

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Best Summer Road Trip Tips

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Prepare for the best Summer road trips ever. Tips, safety, money saving ideas, and more.

This summer is expecting to see some historically low gas prices, so it’s a great time to hit the road. Here’s some tips that will make your road trip safer and more enjoyable. No matter where the road takes you, use Zubie’s new Fuel Finder to locate the cheapest gas near you.

 

Maintenance Checklist

You don’t necessarily have to take your car to the mechanic before you travel, but a quick overview might save you from being stranded road-side. Make sure you check:

  • Wiper blades – You’ll be happy to have fresh blades if a storm appears.
  • Fluids – Top off your oil, coolant, brake, power steering, and wiper fluid.
  • Lights – Test headlights, high beams, turn signals, brake, and backup lights.
  • Tire pressure – Make sure the spare tire has enough air too.

 

If You Have More Time

If you have enough time, consider these tuneups, especially if you’re planning a long distance drive:

  • Oil and filter change
  • Tire alignment/rotation check
  • Brake pad inspection/change

 

Things To Bring

You certainly don’t want to bring it all with you, but a few items can make long highway stretches more tolerable. Plus, in an emergency you want to be prepared. Make sure you stow:

  • Car Documents – Registration, inspection, insurance, and warranties.
  • Flashlight – Essential for a nighttime stop or breakdown.
  • Jumper cables – Always important, and you might even help someone else.
  • First aid kit – Local pharmacies sell pre-made kits.
  • Pre-moistened wipes – For sticky fingers.
  • Spare keys – Getting locked out on the road is not fun.
  • Tissues – For a runny nose or nose-bleed.
  • Trash bags – Keep it clear of clutter.
  • Cell phone charger – Get one that can plug into your dash.
  • Snacks – Keep them fed, and they’ll be happy.
  • Surprises – For kids, things like fun magazines, stickers, or small toys can help them pass the time.
  • Water – Don’t force a stop just because you’re thirsty.

 

Highway Or Backroads?

Highways will get you there faster, but they can get boring. You also might have to pay highway tolls. Backroads let you see more local sights. If you aren’t in a hurry, you might discover a cool place to eat or visit that isn’t well known.

In general, highway travel is more fuel efficient. Also, highways usually have better lighting, so favor these when driving at night. If you plan on driving between small towns, however, backroads probably provide the most direct route.

A mix of highways and backroads might be the best bet. Feel free to explore – no matter which route you take Zubie’s got your back.

Tell Friends Or Family

Make sure you tell a close friend or family member your travel plans. If something goes wrong, it’s good to have someone looking out for you.  You can also use Zubie’s Always-Smart tracking to stay connected and update your groups of your progress.

Trip Interruption Insurance

Extended auto warranties cover many unexpected breakdowns, and you also get 24 hour roadside assistance and trip interruption reimbursement. Hotel and food costs are even covered if your car repairs need to be finished the next day.  Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from CARCHEX, a trusted partner.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

By Guest Blogger Joe Campanella from CARCHEX

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Joe Campanella possesses over 15 years of experience developing and launching business operations in a start-up environment.  For the past 5 years Mr. Campanella has secured CARCHEX’s strategic partnerships and overseen the company’s social media strategy.  He is an Advisory Board Member for Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Maryland.

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Move over credit score… Here comes the driving score!

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Working at Zubie, people often ask me about the future of driving (Hint: it is not only about self-driving cars). There is a silent change in the making that will radically transform the way we buy, drive and resell cars and it is taking off right now.

 

Introducing your Driving Score.

The same way your credit score reflects the way you spend your money, your driving score will show the type of car owner you are.

There’s one big difference though and it is to the advantage of the driving score. You are in control at all time and can choose to share this information or not.

The first step in getting your driving score is to subscribe to an analytics platform that collects, store and analyze driving data. Included in the service is a free device that you just plug in the diagnostic port of your car.  Zubie is one of these services.

Once the device is activated, it starts sending driving data to your account in the cloud. For obvious privacy reason, this data should only be available to you. It is important to choose a service that performs regular security audits and comes with a comprehensive privacy policy.  By connecting your car to this platform every piece of your driving data will be continuously collected trip after trip. Layers and layers of how, when, where and why you drive will be stored in the cloud day after day. This information can be visualized on a phone, tablet or a web site. For people who’d like to become safer drivers or improve gas mileage this type of service very valuable but it is only the tip of the iceberg.

Your service should also have commercial relations with third party automotive suppliers and you may sign up to receive offers based on your car make and model as well as driving behavior. This is very similar to the Groupon app, only focusing on vehicle maintenance, extended warranty, road assistance and insurance. Getting highly relevant offers that will save you money on car ownership is another great benefit and can make your subscription pays for itself.

Happy ending? Sure…But the story does not end here.

First, knowing that you are using a driving analytic platform the dealer will now extend an offer on service and maintenance in exchange for getting real time information such as check engine lights and low battery alerts as soon as they are detected. Armed with this information the dealer will know in advance when to schedule your car for service and what type of parts he needs to order to keep the vehicle running.

Driving analytics platforms like Zubie will pave with data the roads of the future. A future where you and your data will always be in charge.

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Top 5 Common Toyota Camry Repair Problems

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Our guest blogger this month is Joe Campanella of CARCHEX. Get a Warranty Quote

The Toyota Camry holds a place as one of the most valued cars on the auto market. Not only is it a great drive, but the Toyota’s reliability stands out as exemplary. However, like any other vehicle, the Camry can, and does, breakdown on occasion.

So what should a Toyota Camry owner look out for?

1. Check Engine Light

Nobody likes to see this little light come on. Even the legendary Camry can’t prevent this from happening 100% of the time. One of the most commons causes of this is due to a faulty oxygen sensor.

These sensors detect engine exhaust oxygen levels. Engine performance can be affected by temperature, humidity, altitude, and engine load. Your car’s computer automatically adjusts the engine function in response to the amount of oxygen detected in the exhaust. Replacement of the sensor can cost $300 or more.

2. Power Steering Pump and Hoses Leak

It pays to frequently check the power steering fluid levels in your Camry. Leaking is one of the more common problems, and sometime the repairs can be tricky. The difficulty lies in the fact that the leak can be coming from different places. Unfortunately, some mechanics will just replace part after part without really looking for the leak.

Power steering leak repair can sometimes end up costing you thousands of dollars. This problem appears more often in the V6 model Camry.

3. Motor Mount Wear

The motor mount helps secure the engine to the car’s frame. The mount also helps absorb the vibrations of the road and of the engine motion itself. Motor mount wear is more common in higher mileage vehicles, and it often shows up as a shaking or vibration when the car is idling.

If left unattended for too long, this problem can lead to a cracked engine block that can cost $3,000 or more to repair. Changing the mount alone typically costs $350 or more.

4. Oil Leak from Valve Cover Gasket

The valves in your Camry’s engine are covered by valve covers and gaskets. These covers prevent the leakage of oil. If they get damaged, you guessed it, you get an oil leak. You might smell burning oil or see oil on the ground after your car is parked for a while.

Sometimes the covers simply need to be tightened. If the valve cover or gasket is cracked, you’ll need a replacement. Repairs of this kind can cost anywhere between $240 to $350.

5. Transmission Hesitation

You might feel the automatic transmission lag upon acceleration. This could be a computer problem, and updating the vehicle’s software might fix it. On car’s with higher mileage, it could be a worn transmission part. Once parts are replaced, it’s important to update the software again.

Transmission repairs typically start at around $1,000 and go up from there depending on the severity of the problem.

Consider An Extended Warranty

Today’s vehicles are more complex than ever. This can mean expensive repairs. With an extended vehicle protection plan, your repair costs are covered. Through Zubie Perks, you can get $100 off an extended warranty package from our trusted partner CARCHEX.  Go to Zubie > Perks to redeem.

As the leading auto warranty insurer, CARCHEX has collected years of repair warranty claim data on thousands of vehicle makes and models. Specific types of Camry repairs highlighted in this article are derived from data provided by RepairPal, a CARCHEX partner. Repair costs derived from both RepairPal, as well as CARCHEX based on actual warranty related data for 2002-2014 vehicles. 

 

Fuel Finder, Emergency alerts, Trip merging

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The latest update to the Zubie app is now available, and has a couple of great new features and numerous improvements. Your feedback has been instrumental in driving our product roadmap, so please keep it coming via email, twitter (@GoZubie) or on our community forum.

Merging of Trips
Multiple trips can now be merged into a single entity. Browsing and organizing trips has always been a core feature in Zubie and indispensable for many users. Previously, this had relied only on ignition on or off to determine when a trip began and ended. This meant that a stop for gas or a brief stop at a convenience store would essentially break up a long trip into unnecessary multiple segments. The new merge feature allows you to select and merge trip segments individually or by day, and makes it easier for tagging and reporting. The merge is fully reversible so no details are lost about the trip segments. This feature also helps to overcome issues with some hybrids and vehicles with start/stop capability. There are more exciting things to come in this area as we expand on the notion of a trip and the information associated with it.

Fuel Finder
Gas stations and prices are now incorporated into the experience as we expand on the fuel-level monitoring features introduced in the last version. Fuel level displays and alerts are now linked to a Fuel-Finder screen that displays nearby gas stations and fuel prices. We hope you find this a convenient feature that also saves you a few bucks on fill-ups.

Emergency Alert
A new alert notifies you of extreme braking situations that are indicative of emergency maneuvers or a potential crash.

Other improvements
We’ve also made numerous improvements to location accuracy especially in situations involving weak GPS signals such as underground garages. The Live Map animations and refreshes are now slightly faster. And perk notifications sent via email or push messages can now easily be redeemed in a single step on your mobile app.

More to come

We’re already hard at work on the next update which brings some great new insights into your car and cool new features for driving. In the meantime, please check out the new features in this update and let us know what you think!

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IFTTT – Connect Zubie to your World

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Since we launched our service, we have been consistently amazed at the ingenuity of our customers in how they put Zubie to use. From staying connected with aging drivers, encouraging your teenager to drive safely, or maintaining a history of your business vehicle activity, there are more meaningful ways to benefit from connected car capabilities than we ever could have imagined.

Starting today, Zubie is integrated with IFTTT!

If This Then That is a web service that allows you to connect and unify all of your connected devices, social channels and numerous others applications. This allows you to use Zubie data and events in ways that that are limited only by your creativity. For example, you can turn up your Nest thermostat as you leave work to come home to a warm house. You can maintain a Google spreadsheet of all your trip data. If you operate a food truck, you can broadcast your location on Facebook, twitter or your website automatically when you park. You can even receive driving alerts via a voice phone call.

Now you can really connect Zubie to the rest of the world, and your connected life.

How do I activate IFTTT

  • IFTTT is a free service that you can sign up for, at http://www.ifttt.com.
  • Once you have registered, you can activate different channels for various online services that you may already be using, such as Gmail or Nest. There are channels for just about every service you may want to use, including ones for voice calls, text messages and weather. When you activate the Zubie channel, you will need to authenticate using your normal Zubie account.
  • Then you use a recipe to track something and perform an action when that occurs. You can choose from existing recipes or create your own. Each recipe consists of an “IF” part and a “THEN” part.  You can mix and match however you need to create really useful integrations.

What Events Can I Track

We are starting you off with a treasure-trove of useful events and information, and we will be adding more events as well as the ability to make changes to Zubie based on outside events (called Actions in IFTTT).

  • Arrivals and departures
  • Trip Start
  • Trip Completed
  • Check Engine light
  • Low Battery
  • Out of Range Alert
  • Long Distance Trip
  • Driving alerts – speeding, acceleration, braking
  • Fuel Level and Status (coming soon)

Examples

We have created some great recipes that you can start using right away. Feel free to customize or create new recipes all your own- and be sure to tell us about them on our  Community forum.

 

IFTTT Recipe: Record trip activity to a Google spreadsheet connects zubie to google-driveIFTTT Recipe: If vehicle is driven during curfew hours, call my phone with a message connects zubie to phone-call

IFTTT Recipe: Close the garage door when you leave home connects zubie to garageioIFTTT Recipe: Maintain a Tumblr journal with maps, as you travel connects zubie to tumblr

IFTTT Recipe: If I am on vacation, then adjust my Nest thermostat to save money connects zubie to nest-thermostat
IFTTT Recipe: Update the Odometer in my Numerous Dashboard connects zubie to numerousIFTTT Recipe: Remind me to call for service when my car has a problem connects zubie to ios-reminders
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IFTTT Recipe: Text me if car's battery is critically low connects zubie to smsIFTTT Recipe: When I park, update my Facebook page to indicate my current location connects zubie to facebook

Zubie Update 1.10 – Fuel levels, trip exporting and more

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Last summer I ran out of gas, stranded on the way to the Mount Rushmore with the whole family in tow. I could blame it on my father-in-law who was driving at the time…but filling the tank was my responsibility! This release, we’ve added Fuel Level Tracking so nobody gets stranded, and so you can easily find a nearby gas station. Note that fuel levels are reported on over half of cars on the road!

Whether you are a driver, parent or small business owner…the other great new tools like trip data exports and monthly analytics will enrich the connected car experience. Read below!

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Monthly Driver Statistics

Now users can easily get a snapshot of their driving trends each month, including:

  • Mileage, broken down by tag (personal or business).
  • Trip, Fuel Costs, Driver Performance and other data.
  • Monthly Driver Stats are shown at the bottom of both the Driver and Vehicle widgets in the Live Map screen. Tap the widget to view the full set of metrics.

WEEKLY DRIVER SCORE


New Driver Score Design

Now it’s even easier to get a quick glance of current and past driving behavior.

  • View how your current Driver Score (based on the past 7 days of driving) trends against the prior 8 weeks of driving.
  • The Score Breakdown shows exactly which driving behaviors are affecting your score now, and how that compares to the prior 8 weeks of driving.
  • Show your friends your driving skills by sharing your Driving Profile to Facebook


Trip End Alerts

Get alerted when vehicles in your account complete a trip.

  • Alerts are sent at the end of every trip, even if you don’t have Places setup.
  • To enable, go to your Alert Preferences and select Trip Alerts.


Trip Export in Web View

Users can now export trip history for tracking and analyzing trip activity in Excel or other systems- just in time for filing your taxes! Visit my.zubie.co.

  • Export trips for up to 30 days at a time; filter by vehicle, driver or trip tag.
  • A CSV attachment will be sent to you via within a few minutes of requesting trip details.

Our team is working on more features that will be rolling out in the coming months. Drive safe and post your app ideas in the Zubie Community!

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