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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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What is a Differential?

Have you checked your differentials lately? This is an important piece of your vehicle and can be found on all cars and trucks. It helps to split the engine torque and keep your axles in line, allowing the axles to spin at different speeds. So what happens when your differential doesn’t work properly? Typically, this isn’t an issue if you are taking your car in regularly for maintenance and tire checkups. Your axles will be checked as well as differentials.

In some cases, the differential can lose oil and make it difficult for axles to turn properly, causing…

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Properly Servicing Your Muffler and Exhaust

It is important to get to know your vehicle very well when you first purchase it. This will allow you to notice a problem when it first occurs. It is important that you get any issues fixed on your vehicle when you observe something going on. This will prevent larger and more involved issues from occurring later on down the road. When it comes to problems with your muffler or exhaust, there are some signs that you might pick up on. This can include:

  • A loud rumbling sound coming from the engine bay of your vehicle, or from under your…
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ASE Certified Mechanics are Industry Experts

Everyone wants their vehicle to be serviced properly for preventive maintenance and repairs. That's why our dealership only employs ASE-certified mechanics in our service department, many of whom are master mechanics.

ASE is the acronym that stands for National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. This association provides ongoing educational programs that test and certify automotive technicians on the latest technicians. When an ASE-certified technician works on your vehicle, you know that you are getting the best possible service. 

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A Truck Bed Cover is a Practical Accessory

Because a truck bed is designed with a security options, many aftermarket companies make covers for drivers who need peace of mind while hauling valuable cargo. Although covers are helpful, they can make the process of transporting large cargo a hassle.

When a truck bed cover is on your truck, you can walk far away from the automobile without worrying about theft. Because a truck bed cover conceals and security cargo, no one will know what's underneath the cover. If you pick a unit that locks, you'll totally protect your cargo when your truck is parked outdoors in…

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Choosing the Right Car Seat

Now that we here at Honda of Serramonte have provided you with an exceptionally safe vehicle that you can rely on for you and your family, we want to help you pick out the safest car seat option available. Each of your children will need to use a car seat until they are about 12 years of age or over 60 pounds.

A newborn or infant will need an infant carrier seat from the time they are born until they are around 25 pounds. You will want to look at the weight specifics for the seat you are considering. The…

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Discover Basic Auto Finance Terms

Financing a vehicle can be complicated. And while there is somewhat of a learning curve to understand some of the financing jargon, it is well worth the investment of your time to learn about it. That is why we here at Honda of Serramonte want to give you a crash course about some of the more common vehicle financing terms.

First, car buyers should know who their creditor is. A creditor is the person who is lending you the money to purchase the car. This can be either a dealer or a bank in some cases. Next, we look at…

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Different Types of Brake Fluid For Vehicles

As with other types of fluids that go into vehicles, there are different types of brake fluids. Knowing the different types of brake fluids can help you make the right choice when it comes to buying the brake fluid.

In order to understand the different types of brake fluids available, it is important to know that there are two chief types of brake fluids. These two chief brake fluid types are glycol-based and silicon-based. The glycol based is for vehicles that have anti-lock braking features. 

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What Does the Car Alternator Do?

The alternator in your car is doing all the work that you think the car battery has been doing. If the alternator fails, the features and systems you have come to depend on in your vehicle will no longer be working.

The alternator is charged by a belt that is attached to the engine, and spins as the engine is running. Te alternator should be checked by a service station often to ensure it is operating effectively. Without the alternator, you might be surprised how many features won't operate. 

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Understanding the Differences Between All-Weather and Summer Tires

Because of differences in rubber compound and the shape and depth of tread, all-weather and summer tires excel in different types of weather conditions. The stiffer rubber and shallower tread of summer tires leads to increased performance in warmer temperatures, and they can out-perform all-weather tires in wet conditions.

All-weather tires are generally found on passenger cars, SUVs, CUVs, and light trucks. Higher performance cars and luxury SUVs tend to have summer tires for increased performance during acceleration, braking, and cornering. 

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