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Prevent Your Dog from Shedding on Upholstery With These Tips

We're all looking for ways to decrease the amount of time that we have to spend cleaning while still maintaining our property. This is very true when it comes to your vehicle, and if you have a dog, you might find yourself picking up their fur more often than you would like to. There are many things that you can do to decrease the amount of time that you spend cleaning up after your dog, and we want you to have some of our favorite tips.

If you own a breed that has a tendency to shed, brush your…

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Tips for Preventing Rodent Damage

While you may worry about your car getting into a fender-bender or sliding on an icy road, most motorists don't spare much thought for their vehicles being invaded by four-legged creatures. Rodents can find their way into your engine and chew on expensive parts, costing you thousands of dollars.

Ensure the area where you park your vehicle isn't a haven for these pests. Keep bird feeders far away, set out humane traps nearby and leave the engine hood open to dissuade them from thinking your engine is a cozy retreat.  

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Has Your Windshield Been Chipped?

If you drive on rural highways or roads with heavy traffic, chances are you've experienced having your windshield hit by flying rocks or debris. Windshields are usually strong enough to resist cracking when this happens, but sometimes a large enough stone will cause a crack or chip.

Tiny cracks can slowly grow into long ones over time, so it's a good idea to have windshield chips repaired soon after they happen. Otherwise you may need to replace the entire windshield in the future because cracks over a couple inches are beyond repair. 

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The Dangers of an Overinflated Tire

People often worry a lot about an underinflated tire. However, we at Michael Hohl Honda know the dangers of having an overinflated tire. We have a lot of advice for both circumstances so that you can keep your ride safe for you and any passengers you may gain for the road.

One thing that can happen with an overinflated tire is that the tires are not going to have the weight evenly distributed to the whole tread. The thin strip in the center is going to get the majority of the weight. This could have an effect on the traction…

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Everything You Need to Know About Your Vehicle's Alternator

Your engine's starting system contains three pieces of equipment that include the starter, battery, and alternator. An alternator works to keep the battery charged with the vehicle is on, and it also helps the electrical components in your vehicle, such as the windshield wipers, work properly. Our team at Michael Hohl Honda works diligently to help keep our consumers informed about their vehicles, so we have summarized some information about your vehicle's alternator below.

To keep your alternator in optimal condition, be sure that it is inspected on a regular basis. 

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The Importance of Maintaining Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

Whether you have been driving for 60 years or 6 months, just about every vehicle owner understands the importance of regular maintenance. In particular, you ought to pay special attention to your car's most critical components, such as the timing belt.

Over time, your timing belt will begin to wear out. If you do not have the belt maintained or replaced, it is possible for it to snap - potentially causing massive damage to your engine. For most vehicles, timing belt replacement should occur between 60,000 - 100,000 miles.  

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Warning Signs of a Bad Fuel System

Your car requires fuel to run, and if you have a damaged or dirty fuel system service, you're likely to experience poor performance and gas mileage. Read on to learn some of the more common signs that your fuel system needs servicing.

One of the best indicators of a damaged fuel system is when your engine is sputtering at a high, consistent speed. If you're noticing that your engine sputters and quickly resumes proper performance, you may have a bad fuel pump. Another sign of a bad fuel system is your engine temperature rising. Pay attention to your…
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Why is ASE certification so important?

For years, automotive mechanics were known via their reputation. Their fame was generated by word of mouth. In 1972, the word of mouth method was thrown out the window by the automotive industry when Automotive Service Expert (ASE) certifications began to appear.

The ASE certification process began as a response to complaints by customers of mechanics who set themselves up with a shop but had no real knowledge of advances made in the industry. The ASE certification requires that mechanics who apply for the certification have at least two years of experience in an automotive shop. 

 

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What You Should Know About Brake Fluid

Brake fluid can also be called hydraulic fluid. It is a substance that lies in the brake lines and helps your vehicle's braking system function. Your vehicle's brake fluid should be drained and changed on a regular basis to ensure your brakes are in optimal condition. When your vehicle doesn't have enough brake fluid, it will not be able to stop when you press your foot on the brake pedal. Here is further information about your brake fluid.

There are a variety of brake fluids, but the two main types are silicone-based or glycol-based. Glycol-based brake fluids…

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Suspension

You feel like you know your vehicle inside and out after driving it for just a few short months. Do you really think that you can spot an issue going on with your vehicle? How about the suspension? This is a very important part of your vehicle but not many people realize when something is amiss. Here are some common suspension issues:
  • Your vehicle feels like it is drifting a bit when you make tight turns at corners.
  • Your vehicle feels like it is driving on very bumpy terrain when you are only on smooth pavement.
  • Your tires are wearing…
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