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Test Drive Information: What To Do and Look For

Just using these few test drive tips can make your car shopping experience informative and enjoyable. Have a general idea about the type of vehicle you need. This will save you time. Be sure to give yourself an afternoon or morning to test drive many vehicles. You don’t want to be rushed or have to leave before you are ready.

During the drive, feel how the car handles around corners and while braking. Drive in reverse and park. Sit inside while it is running and listen to it idle. Is it quiet, smooth, or knocking? 

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Why are Your Car's Belts and Hoses Important?

If your car did not have belts and hoses, it could not operate. Let's dig deeper into this important subject now. Under its hood, your car features an array of belts and hoses. Belts turn on pulleys and other parts and help motivate your car. Hoses move liquids and gasses throughout your auto's systems.

Time, heat and pressure can damage your belts and hoses, so keep up with your car owner's manual-recommended maintenance schedule. Also, you can look for signs that these parts need immediate replacement. On hoses, search for remnants of leakage. 

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How to Check the Condition of Your Car's Battery

The service staff at Honda of Stevens Creek always checks the health of your vehicle's battery whenever you bring it in for work. However, it is helpful to know how to check the vehicle on your own, particularly during weather extremes, to make sure it is operating properly. Checking your battery on your own helps prevent being unexpectedly stranded somewhere in San Jose, CA or elsewhere.

The easiest way to check the state of your battery is with a voltmeter. If possible, use a digital voltmeter, which is easier to read. 

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Roadside Emergency Tips

Breakdowns can be an unexpected experience, but being prepared can help you stay safe in a roadside emergency. Here are some tips from the Honda parts and repair team at Honda of Stevens Creek to help you stay safe on the road.

Keep a set of jumper cables or a a portable jump-starter in your car. A portable jump-starter can be helpful if you can’t get help from a second vehicle. Periodically check on the starter to make sure that the battery stays charged. If your vehicle breaks down on the road, try to move over to an emergency…

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Why Tire Tread Matters

If you don't have sufficient tread on your vehicle's tires, there is a good chance that you won't have sufficient traction on the road. This could result in an increased stop time on icy, wet or snowy roads. There are many ways to check to see if a tire has enough tread to drive safely on, and the Honda service team at Honda of Stevens Creek can help.

If the tire looks like it has no tread, it is said to be bald. A bald tire should be replaced right away. You can also use the penny…

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Reasons Why Your Engine Might be Overheating

The warnings signs of a cooling system failure are evident when the car overheats. Here is what you need to look out for when your vehicle overheats.

Look to see if the radiator hoses are secure to the engine and the radiator. Give the hose clamps a close inspection. They should be tight and they should not be corroded. Open the radiator cap when the car cools and see if the coolant may be low. There could also be a blockage in the radiator leading to the system fail. 

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Tips on How to Safely Jump Start a Car

If you have a dead battery, here is a guide from our Honda service team on how to jump the battery from another car:

  • Move the two vehicles nose to nose so the battery compartments are as close to each other as possible.
  • Turn off the engine of the operating vehicle.
  • The jumper cables will be marked positive and negative. Attach the positive cable to the positive terminal of the battery that is dead. Attach the other positive to the positive end of the good battery. 
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Paying Attention to Your Suspension Can Ensure a Smooth Ride

If your vehicle isn't quite performing the way you're used to, there could be a variety of issues at play that would need to get checked out by a professional. If you feel yourself bouncing more than normal or always correcting your tires so you can drive in a straight line, your suspension could be in need of servicing.

The suspension system - which includes your tires, springs, and shock absorbers - allows you to have good handling and steering ability. It allows you to keep good contact with the road while also giving you a nice, even ride without…

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Your Differential Sends Power to Your Wheels: Treat it Well

The process of turning the power generated by your engine into forward motion is complicated and involves many systems of gears. At the end of this process is your differential, and that is one of the most critical pieces to this process.Power is obviously generated by your engine. The internal combustion creates power and that works in tandem with your transmission. This is where your gearing is done.

​Your transmission is connected to your drive line. Your drive line rotates and runs the length of the vehicle. It is connected to your differential. 

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Why You Need to Keep Your Fuel Tank Full

Many vehicle owners tend to let their gas run low before filling up, but some allow their vehicles to nearly run out and only put a few gallons into the tank when they do put fuel in. This method of operating your vehicle is extremely hazardous to the health of your vehicle.

Fuel acts as a coolant for the fuel pump, and when the tank is close to empty, air can be drawn into the fuel system. Also, the empty space inside of the fuel tank is not empty at all. It actually contains water vapors that can do some…

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