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Ways to Find a Good Mechanic

We always hope that we won't have any car trouble. Nobody wants the hassle of having to take the car into the shop for repairs. One problem is finding a reputable mechanic who will do a good job. There are some things to look for when searching for a mechanic.

When looking for a mechanic, check to see if the mechanics working in the shop are ASE certified. The ASE certification tells you that the mechanic has passed tests on his or her ability as a mechanic. When considering a mechanic, always check out reviews and get recommendations. 

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Safety Tips for Driving in the Rain

Driving in the rain can bring about some challenges if you aren't careful, and while your vehicle might be in great shape, there are some little things you can often improve upon to keep yourself safe and focused. Just because some rain drops start falling, you don't have to panic. Let our Honda service professionals help you stay safe at all times when on the road.

  • The rain can cause a glare to occur on the road in front of you, especially when the sun has gone down. Make sure you have your windshield wipers running and that…
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Consider Your Safety First When Changing a Flat Tire

Staying safe is imperative when changing a flat tire. It is never a good idea to change a flat tire on a hill or a highway. If you’re on a highway when a flat occurs, turn on your flashers and use the emergency shoulder until the next available exit. Drive slowly!

The most important part of changing a flat tire is securing the vehicle. Make sure that the vehicle has been properly lifted according to the owner’s manual. It is also recommended that you use a safety block for the wheels that remain on the ground. 

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What Can You do to Reduce the Risk of Hydroplaning?

Hydroplaning in your vehicle can be a dangerous situation, especially if you are traveling at high speeds and there are a number of other vehicles driving around you. Hydroplaning will typically occur during a period of time when there is a lot of rain that has accumulated on the ground. Basically, your vehicle will hit that patch of moisture and lose contact and control of the road.

Avoiding hydroplaning is important because it will ensure you are safe and that your vehicle is keeping contact with the road that you are driving on. You can avoid hydroplaning by: 

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Could Your Exhaust System Have a Leak?

Your vehicle's exhaust system is designed to safely carry burned fuel away from your engine and out through the tailpipe. A leaky exhaust system can cause engine damage, as well as other problems. But how do you know if you have a leak? The Honda service team at Pensacola Honda can help you out.

  • Burning rubber smell - Leaking hot gas around the exhaust manifold can burn spark plug wires.
  • Rusty tailpipe or muffler - A leaky exhaust system allows water vapor to condense. This condensation sits and causes rust, which can cause serious damage to metal components. 
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Simple Tips for Jump Starting a Battery

With a set of jumper cables, jump starting a dead car battery is easy. Learn how to jump start your car by following these easy instructions from the Pensacola Honda auto parts specialists.

Connect the positive battery terminals in the engine of a working car and the dead car with the red jumper cable. Attach one end of the black jumper cable to the negative terminal in the working car and the other end to a metal part in the dead car’s engine. Make sure the metal part isn’t going to move once the engine starts. 

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Signs Your Ignition Needs Professional Service

There are some primary signs that your ignition is in need of professional service. One of the basic symptoms that your ignition needs service is when it doesn't turn over and activate the engine immediately. In other words, you have to turn the ignition multiple times in order to get the car running. In addition, if your car stalls when idling, this can be a symptom of your ignition needing service.

Another sign that your ignition requires professional service is the ignition feeling unusually hot to touch. 

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Should You Consider Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement?

Your vehicle’s windshield wipers are responsible for keeping the glass clear of snow, rain, and general debris. They are a vital part of safe driving. It’s a good idea to check the rubber on them periodically for signs of wear. The elements, such as the sun and debris, combined with continual use will wear away their ability to function properly.

A blade that streaks or skips across the glass is an indicator that replacement should be sought. 

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What are Clutch Driven Radiator Fans?

In addition to the coolant itself, your vehicle's cooling system has other parts that contribute to the cooling efforts. One such component is called the engine fan, and these parts can be invaluable when they work properly.

Engine cooling fans get their energy in various ways. Some motor cooling fans get their motive energy directly from the engine by way of belts and pulleys. Others may be directly connected to drive shafts by way of special clutches. 

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What to do if Your Car Loses Performance Power

The exhaust system in your car is responsible for bringing in air from your engine, removing toxins, and sending the air back out into the environment. In addition, the muffler of your exhaust system helps quiet the noise that your car makes. If your car has suddenly become much louder as you are driving, you probably need a new muffler.

A car that has trouble getting up to speed is often having a problem with the exhaust system. Holes in the muffler or pipes can make your car less efficient and have difficulty picking up speed. 

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