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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Choosing Between Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive Options

It is time for you to choose a new vehicle to get you around in Concord, CA and you need to figure out if you will go with a front-wheel or a rear-wheel drive vehicle. You have to know the differences between those two types of vehicles.

A rear-wheel drive vehicle is balanced well. This kind of vehicle will handle well when you are driving it because of the way that the whole thing is balanced. A front-wheel drive vehicle gives you traction when you are driving in rain or snow. 

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How to Know When a Vehicle's Starter Needs Service

When a car doesn't start or has a hard time turning over, most people automatically think it's the battery. That's not always the case. There are some indications that it's actually the starter.

One common sign of a problematic starter is the car doesn't start when the key is turned or when the ignition button is pressed. Unless the lights have been left on and the battery is totally dead, it's most likely because there is a failed circuit in the starter relay. If the circuit hasn't failed completely, there will be a…

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Don't Blow a Gasket!

Car owners know how important routine maintenance is to the safety and longevity of their car, but some parts like gaskets are often overlooked. Below is an explanation of what gaskets are and how to care for them: 

  • Gaskets - Gaskets are one of the most important parts in your car and are responsible for creating a seal between surfaces to prevent fluids or gases from escaping or mixing. 
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Suspension Service Can Set You Straight

When you get suspension services for your vehicle, you are ensuring it provides a smoother ride. A worn suspension can create any of the driving experiences listed below:

  • Fluid spilling from strut body or the shock
  • After hitting a road bump, there is excessive bouncing
  • Rides are shaky or harsh 
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Maintain Your Brakes for Your Safety

Brakes are one of the essential components of all vehicles, as they keep you and your passengers safe while in traffic. As such, they are often used more than any other component, with the exception of the steering wheel and gas pedal. It's important to keep them in good operating condition. Your brakes should undergo inspection at least once a year, or every 12,000 miles, to prevent unexpected failure.

Signs that your brakes may need service include:

  • Your brake light is illuminated
  • The vehicle pulls to one side when braking 
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Steam Engines and Horsepower

Let's be real here. Any time you hear the word horsepower, you probably think about fast-moving cars or trucks that can pull heavy loads. Right? That is the typical response, but do you know how this term got started? Maybe it's time for a lesson on history.

It was during the 18th century when James Watt, an inventor and steam engine designer, wanted to impress potential buyers with just how much power these machines could produce. He knew that his best chance of doing that would be to relate it to what people of that day could understand…

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Learn What it Will Cost to Own a Vehicle

If you are thinking about making a vehicle purchase, you first need to figure out how much you can afford to spend on the vehicle that you buy. You need to think about more than just the car payment when you are figuring out the cost of owning a vehicle for your Concord, CA adventures.

  • When you own a car, you have a responsibility to purchase insurance for that car. Make sure that you can afford that.
  • It is important for you to figure out what you should set aside for maintenance and repairs when it comes to the vehicle…
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Careful Preparation Helps You Reduce Road Trip Pitfalls

Careful preparation and planning can turn your next road trip into an enjoyable experience. Avoid the pitfalls of flat tires, running out of gas or even a costly breakdown by having your car checked by a Honda service center, like the one here at Concord Honda, shortly before your journey. The following DIY tips are also helpful to get you there efficiently and may save you money from not having to buy items along the way.

  • Check tire pressure and dashboard gauges
  • Inspect your wiper blades and oil 
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