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How Do Brake Pads Work?

Understanding some of the basic systems of your car will make you a more informed owner, which can help to save you money when things go wrong. As your wheels spin, they also spin a metal disc. When you press your brake pedal, a caliper squeezes tightly on this disc, bringing your car to a halt. The calipers have a protective pad mounted on either side made of heat-absorbing graphite. As time goes by, this graphite wears down, producing a black dust you might see on your hubcaps. 

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Know When it's Time to Service Your Headlights

The headlights on your vehicle give you a clear view of what is ahead in conditions of low light. If you are having trouble seeing at night while you are driving, your headlights may need to be serviced. From changing out the bulb to cleaning up the casing, your headlights should be checked when you notice a problem.

Your headlights are part of your yearly inspection, and they must be in good working order for your car to pass inspection. If you notice that one of your lights isn't working, bring your car to Honda of Serramonte to get…

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Car Care Tips for Spring

With winter behind you and a fun summer ahead, spring is an excellent time to clear off the grime on your car from salty, sandy roads and to prepare it for the warm temperatures that are coming.

Hot weather is a particularly unpleasant time to be stranded, so have your battery checked if you suspect it's starting to show its age. Check your coolant level periodically to make sure it's full. If your car is giving small warning signs, like stalling or idling roughly, take it in for servicing.  

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Why Are Gaskets So Important?

The term gasket may sound highly technical, but a gasket is simply a flat piece of rubber, metal or another flexible material that is used as a seal within an engine. Keep reading to learn more about gaskets, and don’t hesitate to visit Honda of Serramonte for gasket replacement or any other automotive service matter.

Automotive engines are made primarily of hard metal components that contain gasoline, oil, water, water vapor and other fluids. These liquids and gases would quickly leak away without a proper seal between the various metal engine pieces.  

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What are the Advantages of Washing Your Car?

At Honda of Serramonte, we like to help our customers keep their cars in top shape. Washing your vehicle on a routine basis is important because it increases resale or trade-in value and keeps your vehicle looking sharp.

How often should you wash your car? If your vehicle is exposed to heat or you have a long daily commute, then washing your vehicle once a week is an important preventative maintenance step. Newly splattered bugs and bird droppings should be washed away swiftly to prevent long-term damage to the paint. 

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Check for These Signs of an Overheated Engine

If it's so hot outside that the beads of sweat falling from your brow are sizzling the second they hit the concrete, you might be concerned about your engine overheating. While hot weather is certainly a factor in whether or not your coolant is effective, several other factors and vehicle components play a role in whether or not your engine stays cool.

Your coolant should always be topped off. If you have a crack in one of the hoses that deliver coolant to your radiator and engine, the coolant level could drop pretty quickly. More than likely, you would…

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Keep Pet Hair in Your Vehicle at Bay With These Few Simple Tips

It's important to take appropriate steps towards keeping your new vehicle clean and protected, but you don't want to leave your furry friend behind. Although pets can make quite a mess inside your vehicle, some simple tips can help you control pet hair. Let's take a look.

Lint rollers can quickly clean up any pet hair that's made its way onto your clothing or seats. Blankets can protect your seats from pet hair accumulation. They can be washed or stored in your trunk when not in use. 

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How to Protect Your Vehicle From Rodents

Most people don't think of rodents as a factor that can damage the performance of their vehicles. As manufacturers turn to more plant-based biodegradable materials to reduce waste in construction, this problem could become very real for you, as rodents could invade your vehicle and damage various parts.

One solution to deter rodents from chewing through essential parts on your vehicle is using a special tape treated with capsaicin and placing it on essential parts. You can also try placing metal harnasses or mesh around hoses or around openings where rodents can enter. 

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Tips on Windshield Chip Repairs

It can be really annoying to be driving and suddenly have your windshield chipped from another vehicle or something on the road. Rest assured, though, that it’s not the end of the world because there are ways to repair the windshield and prevent having to have the entire windshield repaired. At Honda of Serramonte, we want you to know what you can do to repair your chipped windshield.

Windshields that have small chips in them can be repaired with a liquid resin that’s injected into the windshield. The resin forms a hard bond along the chip or crack…

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What is Oversteer?

Oversteer is an old issue in cars with rear-wheel drive. While vehicles with front-wheel drive tend to understeer, cars with rear-wheel drive tend to oversteer. This issue springs from the source of propulsion. With the rear wheels pushing a car, the natural forces involved create inertia that runs from rear to front daring your motion to change. The action tends to stay in motion.

When driving through town, your vehicle is moving slow and turns do not seem to be much of a problem. However, it is the slower speed that is hiding the issue.  

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