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Strategic Battery Maintenance Prevents Engine Problems

During an automotive preventative maintenance routine, you must check many components. However, one of the most important items that requires your attention is the battery. If it drains, your car won't start, and key systems in the cabin won't function. To maintain a charged battery, you'll need to run tests using a multimeter.

When you test a battery with a multimeter, you should get a reading of 12.6 or higher. If the voltage is lower, the battery isn't totally charged. The reading will be slightly different if you use a multimeter while your car's…

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Start the Spring Right with These Car Care Tips

With winter just a speck in the rearview mirror, it's time to break out the shorts, sunglasses, and lemonade. Spring is a great time to drive around town in search of a new adventure. At Patterson Honda, we want to ensure that your vehicle is up to the task by offering these spring car care tips.

With all the dirt and insects that spring brings, now is a great time to replace your vehicle's windshield wiper blades. Additionally, you'll want to check your windshield wiper fluid level and ensure you're using a warm-weather or all-season formula…

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Caring for Your Vehicle: Why You Should Keep Your Car Washed

Our customers at Patterson Honda are important to us, and we always try to provide them with information that keeps their vehicles in good condition. If your exterior is kept in good condition, it will increase its resale/trade-in value and keep it looking new. Washing your vehicle regularly is one of the best ways to keep the exterior shiny and free of damage.

Washing your vehicle rids the exterior of dirt, pollen, debris, and other contaminants. Dirt that is left on the exterior can cause scratches, rusting, and damage to the protective coat. It also improves fuel efficiency. 

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Automotive Knowledge: The Purpose of Gaskets

Our associates at Paterson Honda remain committed to our customers, and we are always happy to offer information that helps them understand their vehicles. Gaskets are important because they bind at least two surfaces together, which prevents any gases or fluids from leaking or mixing.

Gaskets are long-lasting and can withstand extreme temperatures. They will need to be replaced with time. It is necessary to replace your gaskets because deteriorating gaskets can cause serious damage to your car.  

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How to Interpret Your Car's Tire Pressure Light

We publish our blog to help you maximize your driving experience. Whether you mostly drive around neighborhood or far from home, automotive knowledge improves your life. Today, we want to explore your car's tire pressure light.

Due to regulations implemented in 2007, all cars sold in America have sensors that measure your tire pressure. If any of your tires experience a dangerous pressure change, your dash-indicator array illuminates a light that looks similar to a tire that needs air. In this light's center, we find an exclamation mark. 

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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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