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What to do when you're in an accident

The snow started shortly before she left work. Susie drives carefully, but even before she gets to the first red light, a car pulls out in front of her. She hits her cars anti-lock braking system. Despite being cautious, the other car slams into her. As an experienced driver, Susan knows how to stay calm, get out of the vehicle if she can, and wait for help to arrive, if such help is needed.

Susan gets injured in the accident, and her car is severely damaged. What does she need to know in the aftermath of the accident? Susan took…
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What is the difference between a compact temporary and a full-size spare tire?

Not all tires are created equal. Some are better suited for different cars. Putting the wrong tire on a car can not only impede its running, but it might also cause serious long-term damage. You can prevent this by learning the difference between a compact temporary and a full-size spare tire.

A compact temporary tire is one that is lightweight with shallow treads while requiring 60 psi of pressure to inflate, which is more than most tires require. A full-size spare is a fifth one that matches your car's existing tires for when you need one in a short…
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Customization Made Simple: Debadging Your Vehicle

Many car owners dislike the unsightly manufacturer badges that mark their vehicles. The good news is that you don't have to live with these forever. Badges are pretty easy to remove if you follow the right steps.

Adhesive badges are the easiest to remove. You can find out if your vehicle has an adhesive badge by inspecting it or searching online. If this is the case, you can use some household items for the removal process. Hot water or glue softeners can be poured around the edges of the badge to seep into the backing. Once the badge becomes…

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a very dangerous situation to get yourself into. This isn't a situation that is always completely avoidable. There are some steps that we here at San Leandro Honda recommend to stay safe while on the road in some rainy and wet conditions.

Make sure that your vehicle has good quality tires that are rotated frequently. Make sure that your tires have a good amount of tread left on them. Otherwise, it is a good time to invest in a new set that are designed for hydroplaning prevention.

If you notice there is water on the road and…
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Essentials for Tailgating Parties

While a pickup truck is a workhorse capable of hauling loads and completing tough jobs with ease, they have an equally fun side that is especially evident during football season. Outfit your truck for tailgating parties and enjoy your down time at the game.

Store tailgating essentials like disposable plates and silverware in your truck to keep packing to a minimum on the day of the game. Arrive early so you have time to set up, cook your food, eat and clean up before the game starts. Prepare your meat dishes the night before, marinating kebabs or forming hamburger patties…

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Don't Make These Costly Mistakes When Towing

The crew here at San Leandro Honda are hoping you don't make any of these costly mistakes when towing.

Don't assume because you connected the wire harness that all the trailer lights are going to be working. Get someone to stand behind your trailer and note if the parking lights, turn signal lights, and brake lights, are all in working order.

Don't cut corners and assume the trailer tires are all secure, grab the lug wrench and tighten each lug so they don't come loose on the road when you're towing.

Even after adjusting the…
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Why Buy A Hatchback?

If you are shopping for a new vehicle there are a lot of different features that you can think about including in your vehicle. One feature that many makes and models include is a hatchback. This is the back, 'trunk' door of the vehicle. Instead of just a small trunk opening, the hatchback door is much larger. You can fit a lot more items in the vehicle for the most part. Not to mention that items tend to be more accessible.

Hatchbacks actually contribute to fuel efficiency. The design of a hatchback will change the aerodynamics of a vehicle. This…
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Add Car Maintenance to Your School Prep List

Buying school supplies, getting kids off to college, and buying first-day-of-school outfits can be time consuming. However, it’s important not to forget about your car during these busy school preparation days. After all, you’ll probably be doing more driving once school gets up and running to get your kids not only to their classes but to all their activities and social engagements as well.

Our professionals at San Leandro Honda are ready and waiting to help you check out your car to make sure it’s ready for this year’s school challenges. Our trained technicians can perform…

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Simple Guide on How to Test Your Car's Battery

Testing your car battery now will ensure you don't wind up with a dead battery on the side of the road needing a jump from another driver.
  1. Before testing the batter, be sure to wear safety glasses and work gloves.
  2. The car engine must be off when working around the battery.
  3. Take the red cable from the voltmeter, place it on the positive terminal on your car's battery.
  4. Place the black voltmeter cable to the negative battery terminal.
  5. Turn on the voltmeter and observe the reading.
Any reading above 12.4+ is an indication the car battery is…
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Is Rear-Wheel or Front-Wheel Drive Better? You Decide

"Wow, I love how that car handles," you say after driving a rear-wheel vehicle for the first time. But then you wonder if the higher price tag is worth it. There are several differences between rear-wheel and front-wheel drive, but one isn't necessarily better than the other. What you choose to drive depends on your needs and preferences. To help you make a better purchasing decision, we've put together some of the main differences between the rear and front-wheel drive.

It's true that rear-wheel vehicles handle better in dry conditions, but they're also more expensive to…

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