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Belts and Hoses: Regular Maintenance Prevents Breakdowns

The belts and hoses inside the engine compartment on your vehicle are there to do important functions. For example, the timing belt helps keep the valves and pistons of the engine running in sync, and the coolant line helps keep the engine from overheating. Keeping the belts and hoses in good condition is critical to avoid breakdowns.

Belts and pulleys connect key components, such as the alternator, water pump, and fan together with the engine. Hoses move key fluids such as coolant, brake fluid, and fuel. While these items are made to take a lot of wear, eventually...

 

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Understanding Towing and Payload

While we often use words like "payload" and "towing" interchangeably, they are separate terms that mean very different things. Mistaking one for another can actually harm your truck and lead to costly repairs.

Your payload is the cargo you place in your truck. This can mean anything, from a load of bricks to a group of passengers. Your vehicle's payload rating is based on the strength of its chassis, among other considerations. When you overload your vehicle and exceed the payload limit, this can put strain on your chassis or even damage it.

Your towing capacity number will be…
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Understanding Tread and Pressure

No one wants to be sitting at the side of the road waiting for help to arrive. Avoid the inconvenience of breaking down by keeping an eye on your tire pressure and the tread depth of your tires.

If you insert a Lincoln penny headfirst into the groove between your tire treads, you should not be able to see the top of Lincoln's head. If you can, it's time for a new set. The manufacturer of your vehicle determines the correct pressure for your tires and cites it in your owner's manual. Check that figure against the…
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Road Trip Games to Get You There Faster

It's been said that it's the journey, not the destination, that truly matters. If the journey happens to be in a cramped car with tired kids, however, that journey could become a little overwhelming. To help make the journey more enjoyable, we at San Leandro Honda offer these ideas for fun road trip games.

One fun game that can be played across many miles is Road Trip Bingo. With a bingo card in hand, players try to spot various landmarks along the way, including items such as windmills, barns, and tractor trailers. For younger kids, "I Spy" is…
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How to Tell a Tire Needs To Be Replaced

Driving safely in San Leandro is much easier when your car's tires are in good condition. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can tell that they need to be repaired or replaced. A common telltale sign is that a tire lacks sufficient tread.

To test a tire's tread, place a penny upside down in one of the grooves. If you can see the president's head, there is not enough tread left to safely drive. Another sign of damage could be a piece of debris sticking out of the tire itself. Debris could include a nail, gravel…

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Selecting a Crossover From a Large Lineup of Vehicles

Selecting a Crossover From a Large Lineup of Vehicles Picking out a new vehicle isn't a decision that should be taken lightly. After all, this is one of the biggest investments you will ever make in your lifetime. If you're unsure what type of vehicle you should choose, take some time to look into the crossover. Most manufacturers are offering one, if not more, crossover models. Some of the perks of this vehicle class include:
  • Great towing capabilities for boats, campers, trailers and more.
  • Excellent fuel efficiency ratings on both the highway and city streets.
  • Plenty of technology…
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Summer Tires, All-Season Tires and the Kind of Driver

You have the option of summer tires and all-season tires. If you are wondering which ones to choose, you have to think about the type of driver you are. Not everyone is meant to drive with summer tires. At the same times, there are certain types of people that would not do as well with all-season tires.

The type of driver who is better off with all-season tires are the drivers who are just commuters. These are the ones that use their vehicles to get from one point to another. They are also people who tend to drive a lot…

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How Should Sandpaper Be Used During a Headlight Restoration Project?

The first thing you need to understand when performing a headlight restoration project is that you need to use caution while sanding the deteriorating outside layer of polycarbonate plastic. If you are too aggressive, then you will scratch the deep, unblemished layers of plastic—those clean layers you hope to expose to be as bright as new for better vision driving around San Leandro at night.

To assure you are not harming the lens surface and are still removing the damaged layers, grab the lowest level of sandpaper grit and wet it — sand horizontally across the headlight for ten minutes…
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Sharing is Golden: Learn to Share the Road With Bicyclists

Driving has always been a bit complicated. You have to pay attention to other drivers, pedestrians, and now the growing number of bicyclists in San Leandro. The following are a few tips to help you get used to bicyclists.

Good Technology

Dealerships like San Leandro Honda have cars with state-of-the-art technology that helps make you a better driver. These tech specs give you a blind spot sensor system to help prevent you from hitting someone. Rear cameras give you better perspective when driving backwards.

Be Conscious

You are a large vehicle compared to bicyclists, so you have to be 

 

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How to Protect Your Vehicle from Salt Corrosion

Winter driving means many things to many people, but what is most common for everyone is trying to keep their vehicles from damage from salt corrosion. At San Leandro Honda, we want you to be an informed driver who knows how to take care of your vehicle and keep it looking like new for as long as possible. Stop at our store and allow us to offer you some maintenance tips.

As beneficial as it is to see salt on our snow and ice-covered winter roads, salt can damage our cars. Here are some helpful ideas.
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• Wash your car regularly…
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