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When to Replace Hoses & Belts

As far as automotive parts go, hoses and belts don't get the attention they deserve. These nifty auto parts work constantly while you drive, keeping a wide array of vehicle components running smoothly and efficiently. Here's a brief rundown from our Honda of Serramonte service department's expert techs.

Hoses

Hoses transport coolant, heat and power. Most hoses bear the name of the vehicle component or system they act on: clutch hose, radiator hose, hydraulic hose, heater core hose and coolant hose, for example.

Hoses can last up to four years, but extreme 

 

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What You Should Know About a Vehicle's Suspension

What is the suspension system on my vehicle?
The suspension system includes the tires, the tire pressure, the shocks and all other components that connect to the wheels of a vehicle.

What does the suspension system do?
The suspension is responsible for protecting your vehicle from bumps and deformities on the road. The vehicle's suspension also provides for a smoother ride.

When should I have my suspension serviced?
Every 3,000 miles, it

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Headlight Maintenance is Essential to Your Safety

If your vehicle’s headlights fail or aren’t working as well as they should, it can compromise your safety. As headlights age, they may not be as bright as they once were. This reduces what you can see within the light they cast as well as the distance the light reaches. At the end of a headlight's service life, it may even fail, going out completely. Any of these problems make it more likely that you might hit an object in your path.

The Solution is Simple

Headlight maintenance is an important part of the regular automotive service…

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Rotate Your Tires the Right Way

Tire rotations are important to maintain the tread and prevent unwanted drivetrain wear on your vehicle. When should you rotate the tires? Every 5,000 miles, it's a good idea to take your vehicle in for an inspection and tire rotation.

Proper tire rotation is key for a smooth ride. Not only do you need to rotate your tires regularly to maintain a smooth ride, but you will also save money on tires in the long run by letting them wear as evenly as possible. Tire rotation is a service that is equally as important as an oil change…

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Should I Have My Battery Serviced or Replaced?

As an integral part of your car starting each day, you rely on your battery performing reliably. While it can go years without a problem, there are ways to get the most out of the battery you buy.

Keep its posts clear of corrosion, and if it's an older battery design, top it up with distilled water if its fluid evaporates due to high temperatures. If your car doesn't start one morning, it could be a faulty alternator that's the culprit, so you'll want to rule out other causes before putting the blame on the battery…

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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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