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How to Find a Good Mechanic

Every vehicle owner needs a good, reliable mechanic. However, it can often be difficult to find mechanics that you trust to provide reliable and honest service because of either a lack of automotive knowledge on your part or the absence of a prior personal history with the mechanic.

It is helpful to know some basic automotive facts and terms. If you know what the parts are called and how they work, then you will understand what the mechanic is telling you. There are many videos online and also informational books that detail automotive knowledge in simple, laymen's terms. 

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Your Tires: Do They Need to be Replaced?

You don’t want to wait until you are stranded when you realize that your tires need to be replaced. There are a few tips to help you. Experts will often say that you should replace tires when the remaining tread depth is at 4/32".

You could use a tire depth gauge in order to read how much tread you have left. You may also be able to perform a visual inspection. If there aren’t sufficient grooves any longer, you likely don’t have enough tread left. Additionally, you can look for cracks along the sidewalls of the…

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The Value of Transmission Service

If you are someone that thinks it's important to make sure that your car is always in working condition, then you are going to want to make sure that you are having your transmission checked out once in a while. People in Vienna, VA and everyone around the country know that it's important to make sure you get an oil change every now and then. The fact of the matter is that you need to make sure that you are changing your transmission fluid every now and then, too. 

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How to Maintain Tire Tread in Your Vehicle

Your Honda SUV or car takes you from home to work and all the other destinations you frequent. You need tires with the correct amount of tread depth in order to travel safely. What is tire tread depth? The depth refers to the amount of space between the deepest part of the tread pattern and the surface of your tire. Those little lines and grooves in each tire serve as indicators of tread. When you travel over a wet surface, the tread grooves help to push away water from your tires. Adequate tread helps you to avoid some instances of…

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Do You Have a Brake Light on in Your Vehicle?

Your brakes help you to stop your Honda car or SUV when you need to, and as such, they serve an important function for your safety. While it's true that adequate brakes can help your overall performance, the condition that they are in also determines your safety. That's why you should always seek immediate brake repair assistance when one of your dashboard brake indicators illuminates. What could the warning light mean? Let's take note of some common brake warnings:

  • Low levels of brake fluid
  • Leak of brake fluid 
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How to Get a Jump Start on Your Adventures

It happens: You have places to go and things to do, but your car just will not start. Follow this simple guide from our Honda service team to safely jump start one car with the help of another. Remember that it's important to be sure to have safety goggles and work gloves so you don't get injured!

  • Bring the running car to the front of the car needing to be jumped.
  • Turn off the car lights, turn off the ignition, and open the hood for both cars.
  • Jumper cables have two red and black clamps; red is positive…
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What is a Timing Belt?

Housed in its own compartment, the timing belt is easy to overlook when it comes time for maintenance. It is, however, a critical part of the engine’s function. It’s able to connect and operate both the camshaft and crankshaft through the engine’s power supply. The timing belt is a critical aspect of the engine’s parts and helping them work properly.

The timing belt connects to the crankshaft, and it’s the crankshaft that supplies the power to parts, such as the clutch. The camshaft, however, receives the power from the engine with the assistance of the…

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What are the Main Types of Brake Pads?

Your braking system is a complex network that runs from the brake pedal to the brake pads at the other end. The brake pads stop your vehicle by creating friction between the pads and your brake rotors, which are metallic discs attached directly to the vehicle wheels.

Brake pads come in three basic varieties, including:

  • Sintered Brake Pads: Sintered brake pads are formed from particles of metal that are forced together under great heat and pressure. Sintered pads provide exceptional grip under all sorts of weather conditions. 
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What do Engine Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

The main function of motor oil is to lubricate the engine and its components. Oil viscosity serves as a very important part of the oil selection process, however this simply refers to the rate in which the oil flows through the engine. The higher the viscosity, the slower it moves; the lower the oil's viscosity, the faster it moves.

What do the Numbers Mean in 10W-30?

The initial number rating outlines the viscosity of the oil with a cold engine, while the latter references viscosity with a hot engine. 

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Why You Should Keep Your Gas Tank Topped Off

Keeping the gas tank full of fuel is beneficial to you and your vehicle in the colder winter months. There are a few things you may not have ever considered when it comes to driving in the cold with low fuel levels.

If you attempt to drive with barely any gas in the car and have a breakdown, you will be out of fuel without any way to keep warm. Don’t get stranded on the side of the highway due to improper road trip planning. When you travel all winter with as close to a full tank as possible…

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