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How Temperature Changes Affect Your Car Battery

Whether you're dealing with the sweltering heat of summer or the frigid cold of winter, it's important that you take care of your automobile battery. While they're built to be tough, car batteries are susceptible to extreme weather changes. We here at First Choice Honda want you to be an informed vehicle owner, so here are some things you need to know.

When the temperature drops, your battery's capacity decreases. In freezing temperatures, battery capacity is reduced by as much as 20 percent. This can lead to some issues when you're starting your vehicle.  

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Driving Tips to Help You Stay Safe on the Snow and Ice

The winter can be a dangerous time for drivers, and it is important to be prepared for ice and snow. Here at First Choice Honda, we can help. Before the ice and snow come, have your vehicle inspected for leaks, worn hoses, and other damages.

Try to carry items in your vehicle that can help you stay safe if you get stuck in the snow and ice, which include a snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper. Abrasive materials, which may include cat litter and sand paper, can also be helpful if you get stuck. 

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Big Benefits from Checking Tire Tread and Pressure

If your vehicle doesn't have an automatic tire sensor alert, you may be driving with tires that are underinflated or overinflated. This can not only affect your traction on the road, but also negatively impact your gas mileage.

Our Honda service advisers recommend that you invest in an inexpensive tire pressure gauge. This will enable you to check on a regular basis that each of your four tires is inflated to the recommended air pressure levels suggested in your vehicle owner's manual. 

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Reasons to Buy an SUV

Buying a new vehicle is a big deal, especially when you’re making the switch from a car to an SUV, and we at First Choice Honda want you to make a choice that’s right for you. We’re here to make sure you can make an informed decision. Switching to an SUV can feel like a big deal, and you may be uncertain if it’s really what you want, so we’re ready to offer some good reasons to buy an SUV.

  • Many SUVs get good gas mileage while still offering great performance.
  • SUVs offer plenty of…
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An Alternator Plays an Essential Role for Your Vehicle

There are fewer parts connected to your engine that are more important than your alternator. The alternator plays an essential role in your entire electrical system. The goal of the part is to continually provide an electrical supply to the charging system and electrical components in combination with your battery.

Although the battery is needed for starting your vehicle, the alternator helps in this process by redistributing an electrical current to the battery so that it stays fully charged.  

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Why Timing Belts Are Important

If you want your car to run well, it's essential that all of the moving parts in the engine work properly. One of the most critical components is the timing belt. It ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are turning in sync with each other, and as a result, valves and pistons can move at just the right time.

When a timing belt begins to show signs of weakness, you'll likely hear a high-pitched noise coming from under your hood. This can resemble shrieking or whining. This noise calls for a service appointment as soon as possible.  

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Understanding Auto Financing Terms

Once you have found the perfect vehicle to fit all of your needs, it is time to consider how you will pay for that purchase. There are a variety of terms to keep in mind when deciding which financing route to take. The APR is the annual percentage rate you will pay over the course of the year. This rate is generally dependent on the credit scores of the applicant. The down payment is the amount that you are able to put down at the time of the signing. 

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Car Seats Keep Kids Safe

When you're traveling, it's always important that you take the proper precautions to keep your children safe. Car seats have been designed to reduce the likelihood and/or severity of injury in the event of an accident.

The youngest riders should be in rear-facing car seats. Some recommend that they ride backwards for at least two years, even more if possible. When children outgrow their infant seats, they can ride in convertible seats that can be both rear- and front-faced. Make sure you're using a five-point harness to keep kids buckled in securely. 

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Do You Understand Towing and Payload Capacity?

At First Choice Honda, we've found that many truck owners don't understand the difference between towing and payload capacity. We understand how critical it is to not overload your truck by accidentally interchanging the two ratings.

The towing capacity, which is generally larger than the carrying capacity, refers to the weight that can be towed behind the vehicle, either with a hitch in the bed of the truck or off of the back. On the other hand, carrying capacity refers to anything that is being carried between the bumpers of the truck. 

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What is the Purpose of Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid, which is sometimes called hydraulic fluid, works to help your vehicle's braking system function properly. It runs through the brake lines and needs to be drained and changed on a routine basis to keep your brakes in good shape. When a vehicle doesn't have adequate brake fluid, the car won't be able to stop when pressure is applied to the brakes. Learn more about brake fluid by reading our content below. 

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