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Types of Brake Fluid

Your vehicle requires many things to ensure it runs as smoothly, efficiently and safely a possible. Brake fluid is one of those necessary things. If your vehicle runs out of brake fluid, the brakes will stop working and possible cause an accident. Stop at San Leandro Honda, check out our selection of brake fluid, and learn what your vehicle needs to keep it running as it should.

There are different types of brake fluid, and it’s important to know what your vehicle needs. The two main types of brake fluid are glycol-based and silicon-based. Vehicles with anti-lock brake systems…
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The Importance of Correct Tire Pressure

Having the correct pressure in each tire keeps vehicle occupants safer. When the tires function properly, the vehicle also gets the best gas mileage possible. If needing tire pressure checked, a tire repaired or replaced, consult with one of our San Leandro Honda garage technicians.

Overinflated tires prevent the entire surface of the rubber from making contact with the road. With only a small, center portion of the tread creating friction, the vehicle does not handle as well and may be more prone to slipping and sliding.

Underinflated tires make the rubber softer and the entire tire 
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Replacing Your Headlights and Having Routine Headlight Maintenance Performed

The headlights on your vehicle are something that you should really take care to protect. After all, without them, you're going to have one heck of a time trying to drive in the darkness. If you've been noticing that your headlights don't seem to be illuminating the road like they did when your car was brand new, it might be time for some routine automotive service. Let's look at what can be done for your headlights:
  • The exterior of the headlight lens can be cleaned and buffed to provide a much clearer surface for light to…
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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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