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Tips on What To Do And Where To Go During A Test Drive

Knowing what to look for in a test drive is the secret to used car shopping. Here are a few tips and tricks to know before starting the motor and during the drive.

Begin by getting in and out of the vehicle. Is it comfortable and easy? Sit in the car. Can you see all around you clearly? Start the motor, and let it idle for a few minutes. Operate the controls, such as the blinkers, windshield wipers, and radio.

Next, drive on a freeway or highway. Feel how the car handles at higher speeds. Drive in an area where…

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Choosing a Good Mechanic

It’s important to take good care of your vehicle if you want it to last a long time. Even if you don’t consider yourself as mechanically inclined, you should learn a few things about your vehicle. We at Honda of Serramonte can help you get to know your vehicle while also providing service and maintenance when needed. It’s important to have a good mechanic and one that you can trust. Here are some tips.

  • Make sure the mechanic is certified.
  • Make sure the mechanic has experience working on your make of vehicle.
  • Check for referrals and recommendations…
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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced Soon

The pressure in the car tires must be within a certain range to extend the life of the tread and avoid maneuvering issues on the highway. Keep in mind a few of these potential signs if the pressure falls out of the recommended range.

If the pressure falls below the recommended range, the tires tend to ride with more tread on the road. This under-inflated tire can wear the tread in outer areas and put the tire at risk of a blowout. That added friction makes it hard to steer your vehicle when driving at higher speeds. 

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Protect Your Transmission With Regular Service

Transmission systems that are designed for cars generate a lot of heat when key mechanisms shift gears. If you want to protect your transmission, you can accomplish this task by seeking professional automotive maintenance services.

The weather and harsh environmental elements can harm transmission hardware. In order to protect and preserve the housing on key transmission components, you'll need to visit a professional shop for  inspections. When a seasoned crew implements transmission inspection procedures, many areas are checked, such as fluid lines and shifting components. 

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Three Signs That Your Transfer Case is Ready for Repairs

Shifting into four-wheel-drive requires a unique mechanical device known as a transfer case. When that component breaks down, it must be repaired immediately if you want to avoid further damage to your vehicle. Here is a quick look at three signs that your transfer case might need to be serviced.

The first sign that you should keep an eye out for is a grinding noise whenever you shift into or out of four-wheel-drive. If the transfer case is badly damaged, then you might not be able to switch into four-wheel-drive at all. 

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What Do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

While you might know that your vehicle takes 10W-40 motor oil in the summer, do you really know what those numbers mean? Let's take a closer look at what oil viscosity rating are and how you can select the correct motor oil for your vehicle.

The viscosity is a measurement of how much of the motor oil resists flow. So in layman's terms, the speed in which the oil can be poured out of the bottle is the viscosity. The higher the viscosity, the slower the oil moves. The lower the viscosity, the faster it flows. 

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Brakes: What You Should Know About Soft Pedals

Brake pedals wear out over time. They are one of the most heavily-used components in a car. Sometimes a brake pedal will feel soft or spongy. This could be from a variety of conditions.

The brake line could be losing brake fluid. Brake fluid is responsible for the hydraulic pressure. If the brake begins to lose its firmness, it might be losing pressure. Brake lines can crack and corrode over time. You might be able to see the leaking underneath the car. It’s a good idea to have it inspected as soon as possible. 

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Step by Step Guide to Testing Your Car's Battery

All you need to test the battery in your vehicle is a simple voltmeter and the understanding of how to test it safely. Let the Honda service technicians here at Honda of Serramonte get you started with testing your car battery at home.

Begin to test your car battery by making certain the light switch is in the off position and that the car ignition is turned off. If you have a small wire brush or a terminal cleaning tool, try to get the corrosion off the terminals before testing to get a more accurate reading. 

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Consider Radiator and Engine Cooling System Service

Having a car also means having basic mechanic skills because you never know when your car could break down. As such, understanding how the cooling system works is as important as learning how to drive your car.

In general, properly functioning cooling system are designed to reduce engine temperatures and prevent car overheating. There are five important components that you should take care of when carrying out a service repair of the cooling system, including the radiator, radiator cap, radiator hoses, thermostat and water pump. 

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Decoding the Tire Sizing Code

Reading the tire sizing code can be somewhat confusing. A series of letters and numbers doesn't mean much to the untrained eye without some sort of road map. Fortunately, it is not really all that difficult to understand. For example, if a tire sidewall reads P265/70R17, then that translates to:

  • P = Passenger vehicle type tire.
  • 265 = Tire width. This tire would be 265 millimeters wide. 
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