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What do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

When you’re trying to figure out the correct type of motor oil to get for your vehicle, bear in mind that oil viscosity refers to the fluid’s thickness. Think about the season and the type of driving you’ll be doing. Next, remember a couple of basic principles: if oil is too thin, it won’t be able to properly lubricate the parts; too thick, and it’s harder work for the engine.

The multi-grade bottle’s numbers tell you what that specific oil’s viscosity is in both cold and hot weather. Take a 5W30 oil, for…

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Common Causes of an Overheating Engine

Engine overheating is one of the most common reasons for a vehicle breakdown. The majority of the time, there are warning signs that are available prior to the overheating occurring. Some of the more common causes of an engine overheating include:

  • An empty or low level of coolant within the radiator
  • Radiator hoses which are worn-out and deficient
  • Cuts or slits in the radiator hoses
  • A defective water pump 
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Understanding the Tire Pressure Light: Don't Let Under-Inflated Tires Affect Your Driving Safety

Is your tire pressure light illuminated? This dashboard light is connected to the tire pressure monitoring sensors, and when it is illuminated, it's a sign that one or more of your tires is out of balance. Most likely, the tire is under-inflated, which can pose serious risk to drivers while they're on the road.

When the tire pressure light switches on, it can be caused by several factors. Sometimes, tire pressure simply drops due to cold temperatures. 

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What Does the Information on the Side of a Tire Mean?

The information on the side of your tire reveals important information about the type and size of tire your car requires. The abbreviations take a little practice, but once you crack the code, you’ll have a better understanding of the nature of tires.

There might be a letter that begins the string of information. A "P," for example, represents passenger car. The following three-digit number, such as 225, represents the tire’s width in millimeters. It’s followed by a slash and a two-digit number. 

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What Are Radiator Hose Adapters?

Automotive engines have been around for a long time, and for their entire history, they've needed cooling systems like radiators to keep them in operation. Some of these radiators from another era either still exist in original form, or are manufactured by contemporary part-makers. While these radiator models may be in good working condition, many of their fittings are from another age. Because of this, many people who purchase such parts find themselves unable to attach them to their newer vehicles. 

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The Move Over Law and Who It Protects

Every state in the U.S. has adopted the move over law. Yes, the move over law. That law is put into place to protect the lives of individuals who are known to consistently pull over on the side of the road, like police officers, firemen, roadside assistance, etc. In the instance that you fail to slow down and change lanes when these individual’s lights are flashing, you are breaking the…

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What to Prepare Before Your Road Trip

Whether you are going on a road trip for the first time or you have been on a number of them before, you want to make sure that you are prepared for the one that is before you. We are here to help you know what you need to do to prepare for your trip.
  • Prepare your clothing before your trip and make sure that you have appropriate outfits for all kinds of situations and weather conditions.
  • Prepare your car and make sure that it will hold up well for your whole trip.
  • Prepare your schedule and figure out where…
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Factors affecting the total cost of your next car

Most people fix their eyes on the price when buying a vehicle. However, several factors should come to play. You need to know the total cost of buying your car before you can start the purchasing process.

Furthermore, remember the value of your vehicle can only depreciate once you have owned it. You don't want to buy a car you thought you could afford then spend a period operating on a restrictive budget.

The factors to consider include vehicle insurance, maintenance service, gas consumption, regular fee and the actual car payment. They will together give you a rough picture…

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Trust Us with Belt and Hose Service Needs

You do not want to risk your vehicle breaking down when you are on your way to an important destination, but you are not sure what you should be doing to keep the vehicle running well. First Choice Honda can help you figure out which services need to be completed on your vehicle, including belt and hose services.

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Rotate Your Tires This Season

The changing season is right around the corner. Make sure to be safe, and get your tires rotated. Tire rotation is a necessary part of most maintenance checkups. During a scheduled oil change, you can have them checked by your our service technicians. 

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