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What Does the LATCH Evaluation Do For You?

Chances are when you're shopping for your next car, safety will be one of your utmost concerns for the new vehicle. Here at San Leandro Honda, we care about your family’s safety as well, and that is why we want to inform you about the IIHS's LATCH evaluation.

LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, and it is a system car manufacturers use to properly secure child seats. The IIHS saw that many manufacturers were installing LATCH systems without thinking about how easy the car seat was to install. In response to this, the IIHS…
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Glare Reduction Options

If you have ever had the misfortune of driving into the sun when it first comes up in the morning or as it sets in the evening, you know the hazards of a glaring windshield. The sun in your face is not only uncomfortable, but it also poses a driving hazard. However, there are a few tips you might try to reduce the problem.

The easiest way to protect your eyes involves investing in a good pair of polarizing sunglasses. The lenses are created in such a way as to protect against UV and UB rays in addition to reducing…
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Received a Recall Notice? Here’s What to Do Next.

An automotive recall occurs when a vehicle manufacturer or auto parts supplier discovers that a specific part is defective or unsafe in some way. Sometimes this occurs as a result of recurring problems with the particular part or vehicle brand, but sometimes the defect is discovered before the public is even aware of the issue.

If your vehicle is affected by a recall, the manufacturer will contact you by mail and will also report the recall on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website. 

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How Can You Tell if Your Timing Belt is Bad?

You have probably heard of a timing belt, but do you know what it does? At San Leandro Honda, we like to keep our consumers informed about the components of their vehicles. A timing belt is a vital part of your engine. If it is worn or snaps, it should be replaced immediately to keep the engine from becoming damaged.

A timing belt keeps the camshaft and crankshaft rotating in sync to ensure the cylinder fires at the right time. It also controls the valves and pistons in the engine so that they will open at the correct time.
 

 

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What is a Differential? Why is it Important?

There are many components that make your vehicle run properly, and we like to keep our consumers informed about their vehicles at San Leandro Honda. A differential is a piece of equipment that helps your wheels turn correctly.

A differential is housed between the drive wheels. If you have a vehicle with a four-wheel drive system, it probably has a front and rear differential. A differential and transmission work together to transfer power from the engine to the axle of the wheels. It also helps your vehicle turn. 
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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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