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What are Recalls?

When an auto recall happens, a manufacturer or possibly NHTSA will reveal that a car or different models sharing the same part will have problems. These are called safety recalls. In some cases, the recall may never be necessary because it was a small error on a safety score, but any type of problem can lead to a recall, big or small. The automaker will alert owners of these vehicles to show them what the problem is and how they can repair it. Sometimes, this means that the vehicle will be replaced, though typically only repairs are covered.

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Understanding Your Differential

While learning about the different components of your engine may seem intimidating, having some basic knowledge of how your car functions can come in handy and save you money. Learning to spot issues before they become full-blown problems will save you aggravation as well.

A differential is a small box located between your wheels that works together with your transmission to help your wheels spin. One clue your differential is malfunctioning is a breakdown of the lubricating fluid it contains. You'll hear a grinding noise that over time will cause damage and cost more money to repair.

 
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Are You On Top Of Your Tire Care?

Your gas mileage appears low. Little do you realize that underinflated tires create the issues decreasing your miles per gallon. Poor mileage might not be the worst issue. A poorly inflated tire could suffer a blowout. The same would be true of a dry-rotted tire. A blowout involves a tire literally coming apart as the rubber breaks. Severe accidents may result.

Don't assume all is well with your tires. Checking all four out regularly makes sense. Otherwise, you place the tire at risk for damage. A basic tire gauge tells you whether you need more air. Use it.

 

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Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Vehicles of any age require routine maintenance to keep them running and to keep them safe. One maintenance item that a lot of people forget about is replacing wiper blades. Wiper blades are needed in order to keep your windshield clear from snow, rain, ice, slush and much more. If you don't have good visibility while on the road, then you aren't driving responsibly or safely. Here are some common signs that you should replace your wiper blades:
  • If your wipers are skidding and jumping all over the windshield when you turn them on, they may be worn…
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Importance of Understanding Viscosity

Viscosity is a common word, but many people do not actually know what it is. Viscosity is basically what the numbers and letters stand for on motor oil bottles. One example of viscosity is 10-30.

Understanding viscosity is important for many reasons. The viscosity can ultimately determine whether or not the motor oil is going to be able to resist flow. It is important to know and understand that low viscosities are ideal for cold temperatures while high viscosities are ideal for when the weather is hot.

Viscosity is an important concept to understand because it will help you make…

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How to Debadge Your Car

We here at Northtown Honda want to be sure you know all about proper debadging of your car so you can be an informed consumer. There are two main schools of thought with how to get a badge off of the body of a car.

The first is by using heat to melt the adhesive and then slowly work the badge off. This can involve either hot water being poured on the badge or by using a hair dryer to heat up the area. Once it is properly heated, you should be able to slowly peel the badge off of…
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Things You Must Carefully Consider Before Towing

These tips should help to decrease the chances of trouble on the roads when you are towing.

To ensure another vehicle does not strike the back of the trailer, you'll need to have someone visually inspect the lights after the harness has been connected. Check that the brake lights, turn signals, and parking lights, are all working. Adjust the mirrors, and purchase blind-spot mirrors to help increase the views all around the sides.

Before the load is placed on the trailer, take your lug wrench and tighten the lugs on all the trailer tires. 

 

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Tailgating Essentials for Your Next Big Event

Here are a few things you should consider bringing to your next tailgating party to ensure the fun times never end.

Pack a good pair of jumper cables in your truck bed. Not only can you help another party goer if their battery goes dead, chances are you'll be playing your radio, have a TV plugged in, or using all the mobile charging stations. If your battery does die, you have the cables ready for anyone nearby to offer some assistance.

Keep a large clear plastic tote in the bed to haul home all your dirty plates, and cooking…
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Suggested Games for a Great Summer Road Trip

While the excitement of setting out on a road trip is sure to keep everybody entertained for the first leg, after a while, people start to get restless. This is even more pronounced in children, who will start to get fidgety as they are unable to freely move around and burn off excess energy. Here at Northtown Honda, we hope to help you get over this issue and enjoy a family road trip for the ages. Here are some suggestions for road trip games to keep both young and old entertained.

A classic game that will be revisited for decades…

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Learning More About Car Wax

We want you to understand the best ways of caring for your vehicle, and we want to help you keep your vehicle in good shape. It is important for you to know what car wax is and how it can work when used on your vehicle.

The car wax that you use to shine up your vehicle is actually wax. It is wax that can come from a natural source or an artificial one. It is wax that is mixed with other ingredients to make it something that can be rubbed over the surface of your vehicle. It is something…
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