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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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Emergency Roadside Tire Tips

If you have a blowout while driving, your car will suddenly lose control and become difficult to steer. If the tire goes flat, steering will be difficult also.

When this happens, pull your vehicle off the road to a safe location. If you have to drive on the rim of the tire for a short distance, that is fine. It is better to be safe. The rim is replaceable. Once you get to a stopping spot, decide if it is safe to get out of the vehicle. 

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Learn All That You Can Before You Tow

Having a vehicle that is capable of towing a trailer, RV or boat is a great benefit. You need to be knowledgeable about a few things, however, to stay safe on the road while you are towing. Following these recommendations with not only ensure your safety but will also keep your vehicle from being damaged.

Things that you will want to keep in mind include making sure that the trailer lights are engaged with your vehicle and are working properly.

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Differences in Spare Tire May Determine Roadside Assistance

You can save yourself a lot of time and frustration by knowing which type of spare tire you have.

If you have a compact spare tire, also known as a “donut”, then you might be able to change the flat tire yourself. This can save you from having to wait for roadside assistance. 

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Basic Knowledge on Car Batteries and Alternators

When starting your car, the most important component is your battery, and this is because your battery powers your car’s electric starter motor. But what if your starter is working just fine but your car won’t start?

The alternator is another component that must be working for your car to keep running. 

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