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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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Consider These Reasons to Getting a New Truck This Year

Your friends here at San Leandro Honda wanted to make certain you knew all about the benefits to owning a brand-new truck this year.

The truck can make short work of navigating the roads in inclement weather compared to a smaller car. Not only will the truck be heavier, it is higher off the ground and will not have any trouble getting through snow or areas where the roads are experiencing flooding. Bigger tires also help to make short work of driving in challenging conditions.

Your truck can also go places the car cannot. Tow a camper behind the truck…
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Why Buy A Crossover?

A crossover is a vehicle that fits well into many people's lifestyles which is why it has become so popular with our customers here at San Leandro Honda. We have seen new drivers buy this vehicle thanks to its affordability and technology. There are families than desire a crossover for a family vehicle and this is a great option thanks to optimal safety features and fuel efficiency. You can even use a crossover to tow your boat or trailer and use it for your weekend activities.

​Think of a vehicle that fits between a sedan and an SUV. Something…
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An SUV with High-Tech Features: Purchase or Lease the 2018 Honda CR-V at San Leandro Honda

What are the requirements you have for the new SUV that you would like to lease or buy? Is it a bold design or room for passengers and cargo? Maybe it is one that incorporates all of those aspects as well as a cabin with luxurious seating and touches. The 2018 Honda CR-V stands boldly with a striking Active Shutter Grille, and you can bring those kayaks or other larger items along with the available Roof Rails. For packing inside of the SUV, use the Easy Fold-Down 60/40 Split Rear Seat for easy access to storage room...

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How to Test Your Battery Yourself

The battery is arguably one of the most important parts in your car and you can't drive it anywhere if the battery is dead. It's essential to know how to test the battery, before it's too late.

You'll need a voltmeter, which measures the battery's state of charge. And always remember to wear protective gear like glasses and gloves. Make sure your car is completely off, with no lights on. Use the voltmeter to connect it to your battery by matching the positive voltmeter-lead (red) to the positive terminal on the battery. Then you should…

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Know How to Change a Tire in the Event of a Flat

Life can throw you unexpected curve balls, and one of them may come in the form of being stranded on the road with a flat tire. If this happens, you may have to change the tire yourself. It is important to know how to change a tire and to have the necessary tools.

First of all, make sure you have a spare tire, a jack and a lug wrench and additional items like warning signs and flares. Secondly, practice at home and make sure you know how to change the tire. Loosen the lug nuts slightly before jacking up the…

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If You Want To Get The Most Out Of Your Tires Then You Need To Rotate Them Regularly

Over the course of your driving career, you will most certainly replace your tires dozens of times. This is because of how fast they wear out due to the severe nature of the wear and tear they experience because of the job that they do. And since they are not a cheap item to have to replace, it is only natural that you would want to get as much use out of them as you possible can.

The good news is that there are steps that you can take to make sure that you are getting the longest life out…
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Taking Care of Your Tires to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is something you never want to experience but can happen to any driver in bad rain. If too much rain comes between the tire tread and the road, you could quickly lose control over wear your car is going. Do your best to keep driving in the middle of your lane and, avoid jerking the steering wheel around.

Getting your tires serviced and replaced when necessary is the best way to stay out of dangerous driving situations. If your tires are worn down and need to be replaced, check into tire options that are designed specifically to avoid hydroplaning…
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Why Tire Pressure is Important

The air pressure in your tires should be just right in order to extend the life of your tires and for your safety. Not enough air damages tire components and wears down treads, which shortens tire life. Bad treads inhibit the ability to grip the road, which is especially important on wet or icy streets. Worn treads could also cause blowouts.

Overinflated tires cause the uneven distribution of tires’ weight, causing most of the weight to be on the center part of the tire. Optimum tire pressure is determined by the make and model of the vehicle and not by…

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