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How to Load Cargo Into Your Vehicle the Right Way

Before you hit the road for your next vacation, it's important that you pack your cargo safely. The manner in which you load your luggage can affect your SUV or wagon's performance on the road. We here at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda want you to be an informed vehicle owner, so here are some packing tips you need to know.

Instead of tossing every bag into the cargo area, it's a good idea to separate items by size and weight. Your largest and heaviest bag should be placed on the floor as close to the front of…

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How You Can Care for Your Vehicle in the Winter

You want your vehicle to last a long time and you should do what you can to make sure that this winter doesn't kill it. There are things that you can do to look out for the vehicle as the weather gets colder.

It is important that you change your vehicle's oil according to manufacturer's recommendations always. This is something that is especially important in the winter months and it is something that can help you keep your vehicle running smoothly. 

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How Does the Timing Belt Compare to a Timing Chain?

Back in the 1970s, vehicles had timing chains before they changed over to timing belts. While the function of the timing chain is very similar to the timing belt, there were certain differences in the way they were utilized in the engine of the vehicle.

One major factor in the timing chain is that it needed to be lubricated. While the chains are more durable than belts, they were also lubricated by the same oil that lubricated the engine. Therefore, you had to change the oil in your engine for the chain as well as the engine. 

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Keeping Up With the Traction of Your Vehicle

For people who are wondering how to avoid losing control of your vehicle and winding up in a skid, there is one factor that you should be aware of. This factor is the treads of your tire. If your tire has good enough treads, then you are going to have an easier time maintaining control of your vehicle because of the traction.

Newer tires are going to more likely have better treads. At the same time, you want to make sure that the tire on your vehicle is inflated to the right level. If it goes any higher than the…

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Why Buy A Used Car?

If you are in the market for a new vehicle, then you have a lot of options to think about. Our Rancho Santa Margarita Honda lot has a lot of new vehicles to shop, but we also have a large inventory of used vehicles that you should consider. Don't immediately discount a vehicle because it is used. Let's take a look at why you might want to buy a used vehicle.

Used vehicles are going to be much more affordable than a brand-new option. Many used vehicles come certified from the manufacturer and dealership. You can still count…
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Finding the Right Mechanic To Protect Yourself as a Driver

These days, it is important to know who to go to when you are having car trouble. One thing that is worse than having car trouble is taking it to a mechanic who does a less than adequate job at fixing your vehicle. Fortunately, there are ways that you can find a trustworthy auto mechanic.

One thing to look into is the ASE. The ASE is a certification that shows people who are trustworthy and good at being an auto mechanic. The ASE certification is awarded to mechanics who have 2 years of on the job training one year on…

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Installing a Child Car Seat

Modern vehicles are designed to be safe for all members of the family, including infants and children. They have features that are designed to work with child seats. With that being said, a seat is only safe if it's installed correctly. An improperly installed car seat leaves your child vulnerable to injury during a collision, so here are some important tips to keep in mind.

The first thing you should do is read the manual of the seat and your car. Every vehicle is different. Luckily, many manufacturers include guidelines that can help you out. 

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Being Prepared for an Accident Helps You Respond Properly

There can be nothing worse than getting into an accident. We want you to stay safe on the road and make sure that you respond properly if an unfortunate accident occurs.

The first thing to remember is to never admit fault when you exit from the vehicle. Anything you say can be used against you, and usually does! You might even be at fault, but give yourself time to assess the situation until things have settled down. It is perfectly acceptable, and recommended, that you ask the other driver if they are okay and offer any assistance. 

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All About Alternators

The alternator is a word that is thrown around a lot but many people do not truly understand its function and importance. As the primary generator of electric power in your vehicle, the alternator is a key cog in the car's charging function. 

The alternator works to charge the battery while the engine is in motion. It also supplies the necessary electrical power for the entire vehicle's electrical systems. A bad alternator can cause the battery to drain and die, leaving you stranded. 

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What To Do Before Using Your Vehicle to Tow

If you plan on towing, you should first determine the amount of weight that the vehicle can safely haul. Furthermore, a check should be done to make sure that the brakes and towing lights work. This can help keep other drivers safe while on the road. You can reduce the chances of an accident occurring by using towing mirrors.

It is critical that you practice driving while towing before going on a public road. 

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