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Handling Unpleasant Vehicle Odors

Many have experience opening a vehicle door only to encounter a strong whiff of cigarette, old food, vomit or other nasty odors. There are a number of ways to handle the problem. First, toss out any trash that might be the culprit. When a spill occurs, soak the liquid as soon as possible to prevent it from being absorbed by the upholstery.

If the upholstery or floor carpet has already fallen prey, remove the mats and shampoo the fabric using warm water and mild household detergent. If needed, carpet, leather and vinyl cleaners are available where automotive products are sold…

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Clean Your Tires to Improve Performance

Although most people take their cars through a car wash now and again, many probably do not think to clean their tires regularly. Performing this maintenance regularly is more than just about having shiny, clean tires. It is also important to help improve your wheels' performance.

Whenever you drive your car, you generate brake dust from metal and carbon fibers from the rotors and brake pads. This combination can be very corrosive and can slowly affect your tires and wheels if they are not cleaned regularly.  

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Take Precautions Against Automotive Rodent Damage

Believe it or not, rodents are a common cause of automotive damage. These pests take shelter inside or near your vehicle, and they like to chew through many important car parts. Here at Concord Honda, we aim to keep you informed about all potential car problems.

Rodent-deterrent tape, which is similar to electrical tape treated with capsaicin, is a useful tool in your battle against rodents. Place the tape near areas of your vehicle where rodents are likely to gather.  

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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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