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Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?

The Honda parts and service professional at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda want to make sure all drivers in our community know the difference between tire types for improved safety and performance. All-season tires are great for some times of the year, but not necessarily summer. Should you consider switching yours out for summer tires?

Summer tires are specifically designed to improve handling in the hotter months, reduce braking distance, and grip the road surfaces better. The summer tires don't have as many of the grooves in the treads as the all-season tires. 

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Testing Your Car Battery Easily Using a Voltmeter

Testing your car battery can easily be done using a voltmeter, protective eyeglasses, and a decent pair of work gloves. Once the car engine is off, put your safety glasses and work gloves on when working near a car battery.

The voltmeter is made of two cables. The red cable is attached to the positive battery terminal first, followed by the black cable going to the negative side of the battery. The voltmeter will show 12.4 when the car battery is strong and holding a charge. If the voltmeter shows the battery has dropped to 12.2 or below…

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Is it Time for New Headlights? Here's What You Need to Know

Regular maintenance of your vehicle is essential to staying safe on the road and ensuring your car lasts for many years. If you own a car, you probably get regular oil changes and tire rotations, but when was the last time you had your headlights checked?

If you notice your headlights aren't working, the solution is simple. Chances are you may need to have a bulb replaced. This is an easy fix. Your technician at our Honda parts and repair facility can easily change your bulb for you. 

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Do You Like Stopping Your Car? Thank Your Brake Pads

The brakes on your car, truck, or SUV are of critical importance to your overall safety, so you will want to keep them in good working order. And since they perform such a heavy-duty function, you will naturally see some pretty severe wear and tear over time, especially with your brake pads. When it comes time to replace your brake pads, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of how the system works together and why the pads are so important.

When you step on the brake pedal, the master cylinder forces brake fluid through the system…

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Learn How to Jump Start a Vehicle

If you’ve ever had to have your car towed because of a dead battery, you know that being able to jump start your car is a valuable skill. Jump start your car by following these easy steps from the Honda service professionals here at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda.

Move a working car close to the dead car. Connect the red jumper cable to the positive battery terminals in the dead car and working car. Attach one end of the black jumper cable to the negative battery terminal in the working car. Attach the other end of the black cable…

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Should You Inspect or Replace Your Tires?

Car owners know how important tires are to the safety and functionality of their car, but how do you know when it is time to replace them? Below are some ways to check and see if your car tires need to be replaced:

  • Tire Warning Light - Most newer model vehicles are equipped with warning lights to let you know when something needs to be serviced. If the tire warning light comes on, then it is time to have your tires checked and maybe even replaced.
  • Tire Tread - Tire treads are one of the most important features of the tire, as…
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Don't Get Heated: Service Your Car's Radiator

As a car owner, you understand that it is important to do routine maintenance on your car, and one part that needs to be taken care of is the radiator. Below is an explanation of what a radiator is and how to maintain it:

  • Radiator - The purpose of the car's radiator is to keep the engine cool and keep heat from causing damage to the engine.
  • Warning Signs - Some signs that the radiator is not working properly are engine overheating, leaking coolant, coolant is rusty or the color of oil. It is important to address these issues quickly before…
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Use Our Online Service Scheduler to Save Time

These days, it's a lot easier to schedule a time for your car tune-up or maintenance when you use the online scheduler service provided by our dealership. Previously, scheduling an appointment to get your car repaired could a hassle since you had to find the time to call or stop by to set aside a timeslot with the mechanic. Now, you can request the day and time that you want to have your vehicle serviced online and save time!

Online scheduling is easier than ever. Just set aside a time that works for you, relax in the lobby of…

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Periodic Tire Rotation is Often Necessary

The tires on the wheels that are powered directly from the engine commonly suffer more wear and tear. For front-wheel vehicles, this applies to the front tires. For rear-wheel drive vehicles, the rear tires suffer. There might also be uneven wearing along the tire's edges. In order to maintain proper fuel efficiency and handling, the tires must be rotated according to the manufacturer's recommendations. If a tire mishap should occur and the tires have not been rotated, your warranty may become null and void.

By having your tires inspected and rotated as needed, you ensure the safety...

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