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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

How many times have you looked at your tires and thought they looked a little brown and dusty? Cleaning your car’s tires are a necessary part of your maintenance. You don’t want your wheels to crack out and get dry. That’s why you should always clean them with tire cleaner and tire gel. These are two ingredients that will protect your wheels and make them shine.

You want to pick a professional grade cleaner that won’t damage or dry out your tires. You can find cleaners that work for coated and anodized tires as well. In…

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Protect the Engine of Your Vehicle

One thing that you have to think about when it comes to your vehicle is the different types of damages that you can get. Among the damages you can get is rodent damage. Therefore, you are going to have to make sure that you are taking precautions to prevent rodents from damaging your vehicle.

One of the factors that can attract rodents to your vehicle is any type of food. If there is food in the area, this is likely to attract mice and rats. Therefore, you have to make sure that you have kept everything away from the area…

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What Can be Repaired if You Get a Chip in Your Windshield?

While there are cases when the windshield can be repaired, there are also times when you are going to have to replace the windshield with a new one. After all, not all damages to the windshield could be adequately fixed. Therefore, you have to check before trying to repair the windshield.

The types of damages to the windshield that can be fixed are small chips. When the windshield repair technology is applied to the windshield, the air in the small chip is forced out and the bond has been made.  

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How to Fix the Oversteering and Understeering Issue

One of the best things about driving is that almost every problem is going to have a solution. When it comes to issues such as oversteering and understeering, you are going to have to consult sources of information such as Patterson Honda in order to get solutions that you can use for these occurrences.

When it comes to understeering, you can solve this problem by applying more suspension and increasing the front wing. With this approach, you not only solve the issue with understeering but also prevent anymore occurrences of understeering.  

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Tire Treads

While it is inevitable that you are going to have to change out your old tires for new tires, we at Patterson Honda have some pieces of advice for you to follow that will help you get the most out of your tires. They can reduce the amount of trips you take to change out your tire.

One thing you have probably heard is that tires are going to wear out at different rates. One of the factors is how well the tires are inflated. If the tires are not well inflated, then they are going wear out more quickly…

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The Purpose of Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

Our team at Patterson Honda works hard to keep our consumers informed about the components of their vehicles. A timing belt is an important piece of equipment that helps your camshaft and crankshaft turn correctly. It is important to keep your timing belt maintained because if it snaps, your vehicle will suddenly shut down, which can be dangerous if you are in traffic.

With most vehicles, a timing belt will need to be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, it is best to reference your owner's manual to see what the manufacturer suggests.  

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To Cover or Not To Cover - That is the Question

When you're driving your truck around, you'll want to have peace of mind knowing that everything is okay in the back. Having a tonneau cover could be what you need if you prefer a little more security.

A tonneau truck bed cover can hide any valuable items you're carrying and can keep water and debris onto of your bed. There are few different types to choose from, and whether a cover locks is a big consideration you'll have to factor in. While they do have a lot of positive features, make sure you're okay with…

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ASE Certification Is Extremely Important

ASE is a certification given by all states to mechanics who have their own businesses. This certification tells the public that this mechanic is able to work on any vehicle that is brought in.

Another reason why ASE certification is important is that it builds a relationship of trust between the customer and the mechanic. In fact, all customers should check that the mechanic they're going to is ASE certified before ever bringing their vehicle to him/her. This is even truer today since the price of mechanic labor rises on a daily basis.

 

 

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What to do About Towing and Turning

While towing something with your vehicle, one thing that you have to think about is the type of turns you are going to be taking. There are certain issues on the road that you are going to have to avoid as much as possible in order to make sure that you are not doing any damage to your towing components.

One thing you have to avoid is sharp turns. When you take a sharp turn, you actually damage some of the components of the towing. However, if you do have to make sharp turns, then you may need a plan…

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How To Tell if You Should Have Your Alternator Checked

Do you know where your vehicle gets the power it needs to operate? Did you know that your alternator is just as important as your battery? Maintaining this piece of equipment is vital to keeping your car or truck running.

The alternator is much like a generator or power source for your battery. When the vehicle is in operation, the alternator feeds energy to the battery. This instrument also helps the battery run several items at once. 

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