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The Alternator is Your Vehicle's Power Plant

Your battery powers your car's electrical system, right? Think again. The electrical power in your vehicle actually comes from the alternator. What an alternator is, essentially, is a power generator. When it fails, your vehicle won't start. That's why people sometimes confuse alternator problems with battery problems.

Your vehicle's alternator will give off signals that something isn't quite right. Signs such as lights that aren't as bright as they used to be or an instrument panel that begins to malfunction are indicators.  

 

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What is a Timing Belt?

Keeping your car in good working condition means having all the parts serviced on a regular basis or replaced if necessary. This could save your life when it comes to some of the more crucial components of a car's operation. One of them is the timing belt.

A timing belt is the part of the car that is responsible for synchronizing the camshaft and the crankshaft so they can turn with each other at a consistent rate. These replaced timing chains in the 1970s. 

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Here's How to Choose Your Teen's First Car

Choosing the right first car for your teen should be based on safety first. They are going to be out there learning the ropes as they go, so giving them a good head start actually starts with being in the right vehicle.

Look for a car for your teen that is going to protect them on the road. The larger the vehicle, the heavier it will be. The heavier the car, the less likely a small fender bender will result in injuries. 

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Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

The Honda finance professionals here at Honda of Tysons Corner want drivers to make informed vehicle purchases this year, so we are going to help you to understand the differences between refinancing and trading in your vehicle.

When you refinance, you are able to get a lower payment, which can help those who are having trouble making ends meet. The one real issue is you shouldn't refinance if your vehicle is too old or hasn't any resale value left, it will be like taking out a whole new loan. 

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The Back-To-School Auto Maintenance Primer

Back-to-school shopping usually involves purchasing clothes and books. What about car maintenance though? College-age students need a reliable car. So do parents who take their young ones back-and-forth to school. Investing in back-to-school car prep wouldn't hurt. Doing so may eliminate tons of problems.

A smart, necessary step involves reading through the owner's manual. All the common maintenance suggestions appear next to the mileage point indicated "service due." Be sure to get the preventive maintenance work done. Otherwise, significant mechanical problems may occur.  

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Important Things to Remember During a Roadside Emergency

Sooner or later, all drivers find themselves dealing with some extent of roadside emergency. These aren’t always severe, but any kind of emergency can result in far more severe consequences if you don’t handle it smartly and safely. Should you have an emergency, don’t panic! Bear the following tips in mind, and keep your cool, and you’ll be just fine.

In the event that you had a blowout, continue driving on your rims until you can accomplish this – your rims are far less valuable than your safety and the safety of those on the road.

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Do Summer Tires Outperform All-Season Tires?

You may be contemplating purchasing new tires for your automobile. As part of that process, you may be wondering whether summer tires are better and outperform all-season tires.

Research reveals that summer tires do perform better in wet conditions and on dry roadways than do all-season tires. The design of summer tires offer more consistent contact with the roadway, making these types of tires more stable when in use. 

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Be Sure to Use a Clay Bar When You Detail

Even if you wash your car on a regular basis, the surface can still be exposed to contaminants that could bind to the paint. Although washing, waxing, and polishing are all ideal ways to keep your car's exterior in good shape, using a clay bar can also keep it looking at its optimal condition.

Some particles that stick to your vehicle's finish can be corrosive and cause rust. A clay bar prevents rust because it effectively binds to dirt and other particles, and it is a great way to prepare your vehicle for sealant and wax. 

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Tips for Reducing Incidents of Distracted Driving

With the number of distracted drivers on the road these days, you need to do everything possible in your vehicle to reduce these accidents on the road. Here are a few things that the Honda of Tysons Corner team hopes that you will consider before driving your car.

Before you roll down the highway, take the time to make any adjustments that you'll need to worry about later. This means that you'll need to adjust the mirrors, make sure the seat is in the right position and set the GPS system. The more you can do in your…

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Is it Important to Get a Vehicle History Report?

If you have shopped for a used vehicle before, then you probably are aware of what a vehicle history report is. If you are new to the automobile industry, then this might be something that you are unfamiliar with. A vehicle history report is a summary of information about a pre-owned vehicle. Any vehicle with a VIN number has one of these reports, whether it be a car, a truck, an RV or a boat. The information in this report varies, but can include things like:

  • Accident history
  • Lien information
  • Whether airbags have been deployed at any point 
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