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The Importance of Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

You have probably heard of motor oil viscosity, but what does it mean? At Honda of Abilene, we try to keep you informed about your vehicle to extend its lifespan and ensure that is performs well. You can read further to learn more about motor oil viscosity ratings.

Viscosity is the measurement of how well the motor oil can resist flow. If a motor oil has a high viscosity rating, it will move slower than a motor oil with a low viscosity rating. Have you noticed the number and letter on the front of a motor oil bottle? 

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How to Haggle the Best Price on Used Cars

The entire team at Honda of Abilene wanted to pass along some helpful advice for being able to haggle the best deals on a used car. Here are two tips to help get you started.

In order to get the best possible deals on used cars, you need to be willing to walk away from any deal that you don't like. If you let the seller see your enthusiasm for a car, then you lose your bargaining power. If you don't feel like you got a good deal, just start walking.

Begin negotiations by making low but reasonable…
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How to Properly Debadge Your Car

Here at Honda of Abilene we want you to be a well-informed vehicle owner. Many auto enthusiasts elect to remove the badges from their vehicle either for aesthetic reasons or to remove any trim package indications from their recent purchase.

There are a few different ways to remove badges without visible damage. First, you need to determine how the badge was applied either with adhesive, clips, or or rivets. Once you know that, you can research the best method of removing it from the vehicle without damaging its exterior.

 

 

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Understanding the Payload and Carrying Capacity of a Truck

Knowing how much weight a truck can carry and tow is important to ensuring that it doesn't get overloaded. Too much weight in the bed of a truck can damage the suspension, chassis, bed, and tired, while too heavy of a trailer can lead to issues with the transmission and engine.

The towing capacity of a truck refers to the amount that it can carry behind it in a trailer. It doesn't matter if the hitch is located in the bed of the truck or under the bumper. This number is generally significantly greater than the carrying capacity…

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Why Your Vehicle Needs Regular Brake Fluid Changes

Chances are you don't think much about brake fluid unless something happens to your brakes. However, dirty brake fluid or leaks can cause massive damage to one of your car's most important systems. Here is how brake fluid helps this system operate.

Every time you step on the pedal, hydraulic fluid rushes to each brake to help slow your car. The fluid also helps lubricate the braking system so its components last longer. If your car takes longer to stop or if the pedal feels spongy or requires heavy pressure when you try to stop, the brake fluid…

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Tips For Buying Used

A used vehicle is a very affordable and practical option to consider if you are in the market for a new vehicle. This is also a really great option to consider for someone who is a new driver and doesn't have a lot of savings built up. There is a lot to understand about buying a new vehicle though. The process of financing a vehicle and negotiating for one that is used is very different than something that is new.

When you are starting to get serious about a specific vehicle you will want to run the history for…
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Safety ratings organizations use different systems

A big part of making an informed vehicle purchase these days is gathering information about the cars. Different ratings are important. The safety rating, predicted maintenance ratings, reliability ratings, and the specific history of the particular vehicle may make a great purchase decision obvious.

When it comes to crash safety ratings, the two best known are those published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The NHTSA is a federal government association, and it uses a 1 to 5-star rating system. 

 

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Risks and Rewards of Using Roof Racks

We here at Honda of Abilene feel very strongly that everybody should know how to properly use their vehicles. Unfortunately, many people are not aware how to use the various features of their cars in the proper manner. Using things incorrectly carries the risk of personal injury, damage to the components or vehicle, and other dangers. As such, here are some various tips for how to properly use a roof rack.

Roof racks can be very useful tools, since they make it possible for you to carry much more cargo than otherwise would be possible. 

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It's Time to Plan for Back-to-School Service

The summer has been moving apace. In fact, the time has arrived to start thinking about back-to-school service for your car. Once school starts, odds are you will be responsible for transporting your children and their friends to a variety of events and activities. Thus, you need to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top condition.

When it comes to back-to-school service for your vehicle, you need to consider everything from oil to other engine fuels to tires. Truly, you must make sure all aspects of your vehicle are in prime condition. 

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Avoiding the Car Tire Blowout on the Highway

Low air pressure in your car tires could certainly lead to a tire blowout and possible accident on the road. These tips offered by Honda of Abilene should help you spot serious concerns before the tires are compromised.

Look at the tires at least once a week, you want to identify things that just don't see ordinary with the car tires. One of the concerns should be if you see wear in patches or bald spots only in certain sections of the car tire.

While inspecting the car tires, it is important you look for cracks in the treads…

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