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How Is Clay Bar Detailing Performed?

If you want to make your vehicle's exterior as clean as possible, consider clay bar detailing. This process removes dirt and debris that normal washing can't. We want you to be able to provide the best care for your car, so here's some information on how the process works.

The clay material comes in the form of a putty that's molded into a flat disk shape. 

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Why Your Next Car Might Be a Crossover

As you shop around for your next vehicle, it's important to keep your eyes out for ones that have good value and offer some versatility. If you're looking for something that has sufficient cargo space and gets fairly good mileage, you can think about getting a crossover.

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Test Your Car's Battery to Get a Better Idea of Strength

To get a good accurate reading of the voltage in your car's battery, you'll need a voltmeter, gloves and safety glasses. The car engine must be off, open the hood and put on your gloves and glasses.

Make sure you can identify the negative and positive sides of the car battery first. Attach the red voltmeter cable to the positive end of the battery first. Now you can secure the black voltmeter cable to the battery minus side. 

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Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive Systems Have Different Features

Cars and trucks are designed with different drive features because certain layouts provide key advantages on the road. By operating a car or truck with a drive system that suits your driving habits, you reach various destinations more effectively.

Front-wheel drive automobiles are easy to build, which is a big benefit for major car companies. A front-wheel drive system is lightweight, which is why a typical automobile that's designed with this hardware is less expensive. 

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Check Out the Best Car Wax for Your Vehicle

Who doesn't want a nice, shiny-looking car? Most owners want their cars to impress, but they may be unsure how to improve looks. Simple options to enhance appearances exist. One way involves waxing a car. With a small amount of effort, a little bit of car wax can do a lot for the looks of a vehicle.

Car wax isn't exactly the same wax as what you would find in a candle. The materials used to make synthetic car wax range. 

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Durability or Options: Rubber Vs. Carpet Floor Mats

Should you buy rubber or carpet floor mats? There are pros and cons to both, and at Steve Hopkins Honda in Fairfield, CA, we want you to know what options you have. To help you out, we've come up with the benefits and disadvantages of both.

Rubber mats are extra durable, and they're great for people who feel like they can't keep the inside of their cars clean. 

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Is It Necessary to Use a Tonneau Cover on Your Truck?

At Steve Hopkins Honda we care about our customers being informed truck owners and understanding how their vehicle works. Most truck owners leave the bed open. However, if you are unhappy with debris that can gather in it from the weather, you are probably considering a tonneau cover. Using a tonneau cover has pros and cons.

Some benefits of using a tonneau cover is security of your belongings and protection from the elements. 

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Avoiding a Tire Blowout Following These Simple Tips

Being able to spot an issue with the health of your car tires will reduce the chance your tires blowout at high speeds and result in you getting involved in a serious accident.

Take a few minutes each week to carefully look at the treads of all the tires. What you are looking for is anything that looks out of the ordinary, from something stuck in the tire, cracks in the tread, to bulges on the side walls. 

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Is It Time to Inspect Your Timing Belt?

Inspecting the timing belt should be on the maintenance checklist of any high-mileage vehicle. As the timing belt ages, it can stretch and cause the motor to run poorly, or snap and leave you stranded.

What does the timing belt do for your vehicle's engine? The timing belt is essential to modern car engines. It turns two shafts that actuate both the pistons and valves in perfect synchronicity. 

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How to Jump-Start Another Car

Don’t let the fact that you’ve never jump started another vehicle stop you from learning how to do it. With some basic knowledge and a little practice, you’ll soon realize that it’s a straightforward process. One of the basics is to realize that each end of the cables has a positive cable and a negative cable. The positive is marked with red and the negative is in black. Another point is that once you begin to connect the cables to a battery, use care with the other cable ends so they don’t touch a metal…

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