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An Overview of Android Auto

With over 500 car models supporting it and more adding it to their repertoire every day, it won't be long before most car makes support Android Auto. This popular technology system allows drivers to get greater utility from their vehicles, offering entertainment, hands-free calling and emailing, GPS maps and other useful apps.

Sync your smartphone with the vehicle's device and the personalized apps from your phone will display on the vehicle's screen, allowing you to select your favorite playlist or phone contacts. Use your phone for GPS-powered mapping or access popular apps. 

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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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Protect Your Car from Getting Stolen

When you have a vehicle, one thing that you have to be aware of is the possibility of it being stolen. Therefore, there are a lot of things that you are going to need to do in order to protect your vehicle from theft. Fortunately, this can be easy to achieve.

One thing that you can do at night is protect your vehicle with light. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area with surveillance when possible. This can at least make it less likely for a thief to get away with your vehicle. Surveillance cameras could get a good look…

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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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