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Repairing Windshield Chips

Nearly every motorist has experienced that heart-sinking moment when a piece of gravel strikes the windshield and leaves a mark. Left untreated, these small imperfections can turn into cracks that cover the entire surface of the windshield. Knowing how to treat them early will avoid greater cost later on.

Whether it's a chip in the glass or a star-shaped crack, filling the imperfection with a clear resin can inhibit it from growing larger. The appearance of the chip may be improved a little or even a great deal, and the imperfection itself is strengthened, leaving it less prone to…

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Taking Care of Your Battery in the Summer

One of the biggest causes of death in the car battery is extreme temperatures. If there is a lot of heat or freezing weather, then that is going to wear the battery out quickly. Even if the vehicle is not running, just having the vehicle out in the elements is going to drain the battery.

Sometimes car batteries die in the summer due to the evaporation of the electrolytes. Therefore, you are going to have to take a few preventative measures in order to make sure that the vehicle is going to last throughout the year. 

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Figuring Out the Type of Road Trip You are Going to Take

One thing that you are going to realize about road trips is that each is its own unique type of trip. There are many different types of road trips to take. One of the common types of road trips that people take is the multi-day cross country trip in which they are gone from anywhere from a week to a few months.

If you are planning on taking the longer trips, then you may have to pack more items than others. However, you have to make sure your vehicle is going to handle the long trips that you are going…

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The Importance of a Differential

The differential consists of a gearbox, which is situated between the wheels on a vehicle. The box may be located on the front or rear of the vehicle depending on whether you have front or rear wheel drive. The system functions in combination with the transmission to transfer the power from the engine to the axle to turn the wheels.

Inside of the box contains lubricating fluid designed to keep the gears from overheating. Over time, the internal temperature of the gearbox causes the fluid to deteriorate. The break down may lead to particle contamination or leakage. 

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Why You Just May Want an SUV as Your Next Vehicle

With the high popularity of SUVs today, there are many reasons why you may want an SUV for your next vehicle. If you’ve never owned an SUV, you may have some questions. We at Honda of Stevens Creek are available to answer all your questions and show you the different models. We want to ensure that if you make a purchase, you’re getting exactly what you want and know what you're getting.

An SUV may be the perfect vehicle for you if:

  • You want a vehicle with great performance.
  • You like going off-road. 
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The Consequences of a Damaged Timing Belt

One of the most important parts of your engine is the timing belt. It keeps the camshaft and crankshaft operating together. The synchronized motion of these two components is crucial for proper engine function. What happens when the timing belt becomes damaged?

If the belt is only slightly damaged, the issues you'll face aren't as serious. You may hear some squealing when your engine is on. The engine may even backfire when you start the car. While these issues are minor, you should get your belt replaced as soon as possible. Once the timing belt snaps, your engine…

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Keep Your Alternator in Top Condition

Your alternator is the system that is responsible for recharging your battery. Without this important system, your car battery will die. It takes special equipment to determine whether it is your car battery or the alternator that is to blame.

If your car will not start, or dies when you turn on too many accessories, or seems to be losing power, it may be time to have your systems checked. The alternator is like a mini-power plant that generates electricity and sends it to the battery. If it fails, your battery will quickly run out of juice. It may run…

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Common Automotive Financing Terms

Buying a new vehicle can be exciting. However, you have to get the business side of things out of the way before you drive off the lot. It's important to know what various financing terms mean so that you can effectively communicate with your lender and make an informed purchasing decision.

First, let's talk about the down payment. A down payment is what you will be paying during the signing process. The amount of your down payment will directly affect how much you need to finance and how much your monthly payments will be. Another important term to…

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Choosing a Car Seat for Your Children

There are many things to consider when it's time to buy a car seat for your baby or young child. The seat's shape and orientation in the car need to be appropriate for the size and age of your child, and it needs to be secured safely so that it can protect young bodies during an accident.

Infants and young children should be placed in a rear-facing car seat that can protect and support their back and neck regions. These seats will secure them with a harness and are generally outgrown by the time the child is eight…

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What Towing Capacity and Payload Mean

When buying a truck, it can be easy to confuse towing capacity with the vehicle's payload. This is because the towing capacity tends to be advertised more than the payload figure. The towing capacity number tells you how many pounds it can haul while payload refers to how much weight the truck can handle.

For instance, if you hear that the truck can tow 15,000 pounds, it means that it can haul objects behind it that are up to 15,000 pounds. This is true whether the truck is connected to a hitch or directly to the bed…

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