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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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What is Horsepower?

Customers searching for a new car or truck will likely ask their dealer about a vehicle's horsepower. Today's consumers can compare one engine to another by learning the horsepower of each vehicle's engine. An engine with greater horsepower will be more powerful than one with a smaller horsepower.

The origin of the term is an interesting story of creative marketing. James Watt, a Scottish inventor who was trying to market his new steam engine, wanted to convince potential customers that his engine was every bit as powerful and capable as the trusty horse. Watt worked with coal…

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The Value of Windshield Wiper Fluid

One of the major obstacles to safely traversing the highways of the great American expanse isn't anything big at all. It's all those bugs splattering on your windshield, or salt mixed in with the snowing getting kicked up from other cars, or dirt and mud, or even just the rain. The importance of a clean windshield hardly needs any extra explanation from the Honda of Stevens Creek service team.

That is why cars come standard with windshield wipers and a reservoir for wiper fluid. 

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Oil Is One of Many Fluids to Check during Routine Service

Oil is one of many fluids that our team inspects during routine service appointments. Our professional technicians strive to be accurate with every single fluid. They don't just observe your oil. They make concise assessments utilizing diagnostics. That's why our fluid service is more thorough than a general mechanic that you can choose to visit for a cheap price.

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Travel Safely With Food

If you are traveling with food this holiday season, make sure that you pack wisely. You want to avoid having any spills in your vehicle, and packing your holiday dishes smartly can prevent that from happening.

Pack food in containers with tight-fitting lids and be sure to transport food items in insulated bags or containers. If you don't have insulated carriers, you can make one out of a simple box lined with towels. It will not only keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, but you will be able to absorb any leaks or spills if they happen…

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