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Cold Weather Can Impact a Car Battery's Performance

When the temperature drops outdoors, frost can affect a vehicle battery's performance in a variety of ways. In order to crank your vehicle successfully on a cold day or night, you'll must develop a solid defensive plan to protect your battery.

An automobile has mechanical hardware that interacts with the motor. When very cold air surrounds a car, a battery won't be able to produce enough energy to give a motor proper amperage. During normal weather conditions, a lead acid battery has no problems cranking an engine.  

 

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That Put-Put Sound Isn't the Only Thing Wrong With a Faulty Exhaust System

We all know that put-put sound that a muffler makes when it needs to be replaced. Exhaust systems that are going bad are loud, but the noise isn't the only reason that you need to keep your exhaust system working well. The exhaust system in vehicles is also responsible for filtering the fumes that leave your vehicle.

The exhaust system is more complicated than just your muffler. First of all, gases pass through a manifold. They are also analyzed by the O2 sensors, and refined by the catalytic converter. The muffler is the final piece of the exhaust system…

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Timing Belt - How Important is it?

Most vehicles today have timing belts, and they're vital to the operation of your vehicle. The timing belt ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft turn equally and in sync, which keeps the engine running. If the timing belt breaks, the engine will quit, and you may even end up with serious engine damage. Stop at Concord Honda and let us look at your timing belt to prevent this from happening to you.

The best kind of maintenance is preventative, especially in the case of your timing belt. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the timing belt at certain intervals.  

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Your Vehicle's Alternator? What is its Purpose?

There are a variety of components in your vehicle that make it run, and it is important to keep each piece of equipment in optimal condition to extend the life of your vehicle. At Concord Honda, we have summarized some information about your vehicle's alternator.

A vehicle has a starting system that includes a starter, battery, and alternator. The alternator will keep the battery charged when the engine is running, and it will also keep electrical components, such as windshield wipers, working correctly.  

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The Time Has Come For A Suspension Fix

Hearing a banging sound when you drive over a bump can be shocking. Speaking of shocks, the bump sound should motivate you to check them and the struts. The time may have long passed for your car to undergo suspension service. At the very least, request a mechanic check things out. Suspension issues can also lead to steering troubles.

Worn suspensions create a ripple effect in a car. Handling ends up undermined, which creates safety concerns. At the first hint of suspension problems, drivers should take their vehicles in for inspections. 

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Choosing the Proper Tires for your Vehicle

Do you want a tire that will optimize the handling of your vehicle in all conditions except for ice and snow, or are you searching for tires that will last for a long time and keep you safe in any weather conditions? The differences between all-weather and summer tires can make a big difference in driving performance.

Summer tires are made of a stiffer rubber compound that has additives to increase the traction on hot roads. They can maintain their shape more effectively and will not only increase the performance of the car, but also improve its gas mileage. 

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What the Clay Bar Can Do For Your Car

Our team at Concord Honda wants you to know how to keep your car looking sharp. Learning to use the clay bar is one great way to accomplish this.

Even when kept in a garage, your car is under constant siege from airborne contaminants that try to bond with its exterior and can do serious damage if not removed. Bug residue, road chemicals, industrial waste, and brake dust are only a few of the things your car is exposed to on a daily basis. 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire

If you have ever seen a person on the side of the road, bent over looking at a tire, you know that feeling of dread when your own tires start to get low or even go completely flat. However, changing a flat tire is actually quite simple with the right tools. You simply need a lug wrench, jack, and spare tire. You may also want to have wheel wedges, gloves, flashlights, and a flat tire repair kit.

The wheel wedges prevent your car from slipping once you put the jack on. The jack should slip into grooves by the tire…

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Myth vs. Truth About Motor Oil

As a responsible vehicle owner, you should be educated about an essential component of your car, the motor oil. There are a wide variety of myths out there about oil, and it's essential to know the truth about them so that you can make more informed automotive service decisions.

Many people will tell you that if your motor oil's color is black, it should be changed immediately. This is a common myth, since a dark color can often indicate that oil is simply doing its job by absorbing dirty elements. 

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How to Test a Vehicle Battery

The battery in your vehicle is responsible for starting the engine and powering the vehicle while it is running. This includes providing power to both the engine and electronic accessories. As so much depends on a reliable and fully charged battery, it is a good idea to test the battery if the vehicle is having problems starting, the seasons are changing or you will be taking a long drive.

You need a voltmeter and protective gloves to test the battery. First, connect the positive red voltmeter lead to the positive red battery terminal. 

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