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What Your Tire Pressure Light Tells You

We at Honda of Stevens Creek want to help you be a confident driver everywhere you drive. Today, let's address that dash-indicator light that looks like a low-air tire with an exclamation point on its tread.

If you have recently noticed this light, you might wonder what it conveys. The light is your tire pressure monitoring system indicator. It connects to four tire pressure sensors. One sensor monitors each of your vehicle's tires. When this TPMS light illuminates, your car has a tire pressure problem. 

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Prevent and Get Rid of Upholstery Odors in Your Vehicle.

Aside from all of the driving that you do in your vehicle each day, there are a number of habits that you may have which are leaving behind offensive odors in your vehicle. Whether you are smoking in your vehicle, eating or neglecting to clean up a mess, follow these tips to keep your vehicle clean and odor free.

  • Make sure that the interior of your vehicle gets a good cleaning every couple of months. This should include vacuuming the interior, wiping down surfaces and cleaning out garbage. 
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What Do Different Vehicle Safety Ratings Mean?

The team at Honda of Stevens Creek wanted to make certain our customers understood everything about the vehicles they are considering buying. Here are a few of the differences between safety ratings in most new vehicles.

The NHTSA is considered to be a federal government organization. What this means is they use a standardized ratings method that is simple and easy for motorists to relate to. One star would rate poor in crash results, while a rating of five stars means this vehicle passed with no issues in the safety tests. 

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How Service Centers Can Help Prevent Rodent Damage

Rodents can cause serious damage to your vehicle. From chewing through wires and hoses to making their nest in an inconvenient location, rodents can be a nuisance for any car owner. Luckily our service center is specially trained to prevent rodents from being an issue.

At the service center, the technicians can assess your particular car's risk of rodent invasion and aid in installing countermeasures to keep the pests at bay. One tool you can find useful is rodent repellant tape, which has a very spicy coating that deters rodents from chewing on the wires.  

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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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