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What’s a Catalytic Converter?

What’s a Catalytic Converter?

We all want to make sure we’re doing our part to reduce our impact on the environment. A big part of that is making sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape, minimizing harmful exhaust emissions. That’s why, in Maryland, we’re all required to have our vehicle’s emissions systems inspected every two years to make sure it’s functioning properly. A major portion of your emissions control system is the catalytic converter. It’s part of the exhaust system and contains a ceramic honeycomb called a substrate. That substrate has precious metals like platinum, palladium, rhodium and cerium embedded in it. Hot exhaust gasses pass through the substrate and the elements act as a catalyst, causing a chemical reaction in the gasses. That reaction changes the chemical makeup of the exhaust and results in cleaner emissions and, of course, a cleaner environment. Looking into ... read more

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Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer

Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer

Young Ms. Hoyt-O’Connor at the 2016 National Championships At Motor Works, you’re way more than just your vehicle. Behind every vehicle we service is a person or family with a story to tell. The Hoyt-O’Connors have been servicing their cars with Motor Works for about 8 years. Their 2003 Honda Odyssey, at 170,000 miles, has been all over the country for their daughter’s Irish Dance competitions. We got this email from Mrs. Hoyt-O’Connor… Of course, we wish her the best of luck in Ireland! Do you have a neat story to tell? Give us a call or email and let us know

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“Gregsplanation” – What’s a Cabin HEPA Filter?

It’s time for the next installment of the “#Gregsplanation“. You’re probably familiar with the Engine Air Filter in your car. It filters the air your engine breathes. But what about the air you breathe? If you’re an allergy sufferer, the Cabin HEPA filter is especially important for you. Check it out! If you have a question you’d like Greg to take a swing at, send an email to [email protected]or give us a call

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Keep Your Car Looking Like New

Keep Your Car Looking Like New

Keep your car looking like new… just like Greg’s S2000! We’ve talked before about how maintaining your car for the long haul makes great financial sense. But as your Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus or Scion ages, how do you keep it looking new? Just like the rest of your car, a little preventive maintenance goes a long way with your car’s paint. If you keep up with it, you can keep that “showroom shine” for years to come. Here are a few quick tips: Park your car under cover The number one “paint killer” is the sun. UV rays, over time, break down the protective coating on your car’s surface. They also cause your headlights to get cloudy. The best way to avoid this kind of damage is the park your car in a garage. Of course, not all of u ... read more

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“Gregsplanation” – Why does water drip from my car on hot days?

It’s time for our first installment of the “#Gregsplanation.” Greg will make a valiant effort to answer your questions in plain English. Each day, Greg takes time to care for himself, either through swimming or yoga, and while on his way to and from he turns on his camera. We never know what he might come back with. Stay tuned for more in the weeks and months to come! Today, Greg answers the fairly common question — “Why does water drip from underneath my car on hot days?” If you have a question you’d like Greg to take a swing at, send an email to [email protected] or give us a call

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What does VTEC mean?

What does VTEC mean?

Here at Motor Works, we like to speak plain English with our clients. Acronyms can sometimes get in the way of clear communication, so we try to avoid them when we can. We get this question quite a bit… “What does VTEC mean?” The short answer is “Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control”. It’s a system Honda developed to increase performance and efficiency on its smaller engines. While Honda certainly led the way in developing this technology, other manufacturers have adopted similar systems over the years. I’ve you never pushed your VTEC-equipped Honda past about 5,000 RPM, you’ve probably never experienced what VTEC does for your car. Rather than trying to explain it ourselves, we’ll let CNET’s Brian Cooley show you…

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200,000 Miles and Counting

200,000 Miles and Counting

A big week here at Motor Works, as two more of our clients joined the prestigious 200,000 mile club. Mr. Gannon-Miller has racked up 202,509 miles on his 2009 Honda CR-V. (That’s nearly 80 miles a day!) We’ve been servicing this workhorse since the day it was new. Tom’s wife, Mary-Lois, is no stranger to high-mileage cars. She’s our current mileage record holder among active clients, with her 1995 Acura Integra racking up nearly 340,000 miles! Mr. Burrus also topped a milestone. He even sent us a picture the moment he crossed 200,000 — and thankfully it looks like he pulled over before taking the picture!) His 2004 CR-V is still going strong with nearly 204,000 miles. Our 200,000 mile club isn’t that hard to join. Proactiv ... read more

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The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!

The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!

The 2016 Honda Civic (courtesy of Honda of America) Have you seen the new 2016 Honda Civic? The 4-door sedan is on sale right now, with the Coupe, Hatchback and high-performance Type-R on the way. The auto blog Jalopnik just reviewed the ’16 Civic and they give it a resounding two thumbs up. The new Civic is full of tech, with tools like the Honda LaneWatch System Collision Mitigation Braking, Lane Keeping Asssist and Adaptive Cruise Control. P ... read more

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Motor Works: Ethics Certified!

Motor Works: Ethics Certified!

Our mission statement is at the center of everything we do here at Motor Works. So it’s no surprise that we have been recognized as “Ethics Certified” by Elite Worldwide, a group of the top auto repair facility owners from across North America. We’re pleased to proudly display the Elite “Ethics Certified” seal. It’s a testament to what we do, and we appreciate the trust you place in us. You can visit Elite’s website for more information on the Ethics Certification program

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Vehicle Wiring is Tasty… to Rodents!

Vehicle Wiring is Tasty… to Rodents!

Here at Motor Works, we specialize in solving unusual problems. Here are two of the strangest — completely different problems with the same cause: Rodent damage. The Problem… This wiring harness is about 6 inches too short, thanks to Mr. Mouse. First up is a 2011 Honda CR-V. Our client told us his parking lights weren’t working. The brake lights, turn signals and reverse lights were all fine. He replaced some bulbs and found a blown fuse as well. We thought it was perhaps another shorted bulb situation, so we removed all the rear bulbs to inspect them. But there was still a short somewhere in the system. A quick look in the engine compartment and we had our answer. A rodent had chewed through the wiring harness that supplies power to the driver’s side front marker light (which comes on with the parking lights). This shorted the wires together causing the blown fuse ... read more

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T.A.P. (Teacher Appreciation Program) Announcement!


“Are We There Yet?” Season is Almost Here!


Spring Car Care Tips!


What the heck is Variable Valve Timing?


Airbag Recall – Questions, Answers and Updates


Decoding your Dashboard


Blue Seal of Excellence


The Right Part for the Job


Inside the Tech: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)


Inside the Tech: Lane Departure Warning


Greg’s Take: Things Break!


Greg’s Take: Nationwide Technician Shortage


Squeezing a few extra MPG from your car!


Caliper Slide Pin Boot – What is it?


Traction Control Systems


What’s a Timing Belt?


What’s a CV Boot?


Where the Rubber Meets the Road – Check your Tires!


Oil Light? Stop Right Now!


Client Spotlight – Aviation Author


What’s a Catalytic Converter?


Client Spotlight – Champion Irish Dancer


“Gregsplanation” – What’s a Cabin HEPA Filter?


Keep Your Car Looking Like New


“Gregsplanation” – Why does water drip from my car on hot days?


What does VTEC mean?


200,000 Miles and Counting


The 2016 Civic is Here… And it looks amazing!


Motor Works: Ethics Certified!


Vehicle Wiring is Tasty… to Rodents!


Rock Stars in and out of the shop!


The Value of Maintenance – 334,000 Miles and Still Going Strong!


Foggy Headlights? Restore instead of replace!


Wheel Alignment 101


Veterans Day 2015


Colder weather could trigger Tire Pressure (TPMS) Warning Light


Get Your Car Ready for Fall!


Motor Works Featured in “Remarkable Results”


Car Optometry – Aiming the Honda LaneWatch System


Differential? What’s That?


Odd Fix of the Day – Sienna Brake Lights


When should I change my oil?


Check Engine Light On? We Can Fix It!


Famous? MWI featured in Shop Owner Magazine


Video: Consumer Compass


Honda and Toyota products definitely hold their value over time. Smart!


Prevention is Primary: Radiator Hose


Prevention is Primary: Maintenance Schedules – Confused?


Use our Diagnostic Worksheets


MWI Consumer Checkbook Top Quality Rated…Again!


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Video: He Did it for Love – Technician buys car for his mother!

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