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What Motor Oil Myths Can We Dispel?

Most drivers understand the importance of having the oil changed in their vehicles but many don’t know much more beyond that due to motor oil myths that have been around forever. Believing many of the myths can actually damage your vehicle. Stop at Hugh White Honda and speak with our technicians and get the true facts.

The type of motor oil your vehicle needs depends on the vehicle and the weather. Although many believe that the W on the motor oil can (20W-50) means weight, it actually means winter. Fluctuating temperatures can make the oil viscosity change. 

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Roadside Emergency Preparedness

It's always smart to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Putting together a basic roadside emergency kit can make being stranded on the side of the road slightly less terrifying.

Safety should always come first. Be sure to include several 15-minute road flares or a set of triangle reflectors in your roadside emergency kit. If you live in an area where extremely cold temperatures are a regular occurrence,you should also include a blanket, chemical hand warmers, cat litter for traction on slippery surfaces and a shovel. 

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Know When to Change Your Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Don't take clean air for granted. It's necessary for you and your passengers, but did you also know that it's necessary for your car, as well? Your cabin and engine air filters play a vital role in keeping your car going at full capacity. They help filter out impurities, including mold spores, pollen, dust, and other debris, before they reach the engine or the passenger cabin. That's why you need to change out your filters at regular intervals. If you notice any of the following, you need to get in to the Honda service facility of…

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What are the Benefits of Using Windshield Washer Fluid?

Here at Hugh White Honda, we've probably seen it all. From car maintenance "shortcuts" that range from duct tape used to secure fabric on the interior to bigger things like a network of super glue and rope to secure a bumper, there's no limit to the creativity that people go through to keep their cars on the road with as little down-time as possible. However, not all shortcuts were created equal. One thing that you certainly do not want to ever do is fill your windshield washer reservoir with regular water.

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Discover the Proper Tire Pressure for Your Vehicle

Properly inflated tires are essential to safe driving, as they allow your car to handle properly and make the correct contact with the surface you are driving on. Most cars have a tire pressure warning light that will come on indicating an issue with tire pressure. Below are some tips about the tire pressure warning light:

  • What Does It Mean? - If the tire pressure warning light comes on, it means that your tires are either under inflated or over inflated. If your tires are not at the right pressure, they will not handle properly. 
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How to Safely Jump Start Another Vehicle

You're out shopping, but once you get back to your car, you discover that it won't start. The engine simply won't turn over. What should you do? These steps will help you to jump a car that has a dead battery.

  • Enlist the help of a friendly motorist with a working vehicle. Bring the car with the good battery to the nose of the disabled vehicle.
  • Take the positive cable ends and attach one of them to the positive terminal on the dead battery; the other goes to the positive terminal on the good battery. 
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What is the Purpose of Your Differential?

It's important these days to actually understand how your vehicle works so that you can stay on top of any maintenance issues. The cost of prevention is generally cheaper than the cost of repair. Your vehicle's differential is a component which requires routine maintenance to avoid major problems later on.

The differential is a gearbox that works, in conjunction with the transmission, to transfer power from the engine to the drive axle. As you can imagine, this function generates a lot of heat. 

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Understanding Your Vehicle’s Suspension

Knowing the function of your suspension system is a good idea, so you will be tipped off when something isn’t right. A car’s suspension is made of many components, any one of which can take your ride from smooth to bumpy. Although you don’t have to understand the intricate workings of your vehicle’s suspension, just knowing that it is there to provide a smooth ride will help you to discern when something is off.

On the other hand, a suspension in good working condition will make the difference between damage to your vehicle and pain to…

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Maintain Your Brakes for Performance

Safety is important when you are driving your car around town. Your brakes are an essential part of your safety. When your brakes malfunction, you are putting your life at risk. Your brakes should be inspected once a year to make sure they are working properly.

At Hugh White Honda, your brakes will be checked by a trained technician. They will look at your brake pads to see if they should be replaced. The brake fluid will be exchanged, and your brake lines will be inspected. Even if you aren't having problems with your brakes, you may need to…

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Exhaust System Service Improves Performance

When your car isn't picking up speed or is stalling out when you try to idle, this can mean you have a problem with the exhaust system. While your muffler and exhaust are responsible for making your car less noisy, the system also cleans the air and helps your car run more efficiently. Poor gas mileage and lack of speed are two indicators that there is a problem with your exhaust system.

Call Hugh White Honda if your car isn't running well and you don't know what the problem is. 

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