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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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Is a Hatchback Right for You?

Our team at Michael Hohl Honda wants you to have the best information when deciding on your next vehicle purchase. With such a sizable investment, we want to help you find the vehicle that will best meet your needs and budget.

One of the biggest advantages of a hatchback over a sedan is space.

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How to Apply Touch-up Paint to Your Car

Little scratches are a common cosmetic issue with all types of vehicles. Not only do the scratches decrease your car's aesthetic appeal, but they open up a window for rust and corrosion. Applying a little bit of touch-up paint is a simple and straightforward process.

To begin, clean your car. Find a match for the exterior paint color of your car. 

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Trying to find the perfect vehicle? Here's what you need to know

If you've been searching for a great new car, there are several things you need to consider. You already know what style of vehicle you want, how many doors you need, and how many passengers you want to bring in your new car, but do you know whether you want front-wheel or rear-wheel drive?

Rear-wheel drive offers you a great way to stay in control while you're driving on rough roads or unpredictable terrain, while front-wheel drive offers a great way to sail smoothly through snow and rain....

 

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C-NET Has A Lot of Good Things to Say About the Honda Fit

The 2015 Honda Fit has drawn praise from critics all across the automotive industry since it was unveiled last year. Now in its third generation, the model features an even more eye-catching design than ever before, a host of new tech, and--get this--the same uber-accessible starting price.

Recently, the tech-hounds over at C-NET reviewed the new Fit, touching on all of its features--from its eye-catching new design, increased refinement, cabin fittings, and more. The reviewer…

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