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Reduce Your Distractions Behind the Wheel with New Vehicle Technology

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in the US. Before heading out on the road, we here at Rancho Santa Margarita Honda wanted to give you some tips for reducing those distractions.

Eat food while off the road. Messy foods can fall onto the carpet, affecting your focus. If you’re on a long trip, take breaks at a rest area or off the road and take the time to have a snack or meal, so that you’re energized when you’re back on the road. 

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How About Considering a Hatchback for a New Car?

If you spent your entire car-consuming life purchasing a sedan, you may not see the benefits associated with a hatchback. You might want to consider a hatchback for your next purchase. There are some major positives to owning a hatchback.

The obvious benefit to a hatchback is cargo space. If you are transporting a lot of personal belongings, opening up the hatch and folding down the seats delivers more of that necessary space. Better yet, a hatchback does so without compromising sleek looks. 

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Things to Think About When Hiring a Good Mechanic

Running into problems with your car sets a course for a number of hassles. Picking the wrong mechanic further adds to all those hassles. Don’t compound the problem by not performing proper due diligence when hiring a mechanic.

Avoid making false or premature assumptions. Just because a garage is in operation doesn't mean management employs the most qualified people. Check to make sure the mechanics affiliated with the garage hold specific and credible professional certifications. Avoid making judgments based on ambiguous feedback, such as seeing a lot of cars parked on the garage's lot. 

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Tips For Cleaning Your Car's Tires

After the long winter, your entire vehicle probably needs a good cleaning both inside and out. When it comes to your tires, this area of your vehicle can look pretty run down and dirty after driving through salt and more. You can do a good cleaning of your tires yourself but be sure to use some quick tips to make the job easier and more effective.

  • Different tires are made of different materials. Make sure you use products that are designed for your specific type and brand of tire.
  • Pick a brush that is designed for cleaning tires. You don…
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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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