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What Should You Do After Noticing a Fluid Leak?

The last thing a car owner wants to see is a pool of fluid lying under the vehicle. This usually signals that something serious is going on with the car. However, not all fluid leaks are necessarily cause for alarm. Learn what a certain type of leak may mean for your vehicle.

The first step in fixing the leak is to find out where it is coming from. A simple way to do this is to look at the color of the fluid. It can be hard to do this on concrete. Instead, try using a piece of paper to…

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Taking Care of Your Tires

Since tires are the parts of your vehicle that maintain contact with the road, it's essential that your tires are in good condition. You can check them at home or bring them into Honda of Abilene if you require assistance.

One of the first things you should check is your tire tread. The level of tread you need to drive safely is 2/32", but it's a good idea to change out your tires before you get down to the minimum. A tip is to use the "Penny Test." Insert a penny, head down, into your tread. If…
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Most Exhaust Problems Have Obvious Signs And Sounds

Muffler and exhaust problems are commonly confused with other vehicle operation concerns. Your car’s exhaust system is responsible for a host of emissions regulations. When there is a problem with your muffler, strange noises, vapors, and onboard warnings can occur.

Most cities have strict laws when it comes to maintaining proper emissions functions. The standards in Abilene are no exception. Exhaust systems that work properly minimize the amount of harmful gases that emit from your vehicle. They also dampen engine noise, and assist with achieving fuel efficiency.

 
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Driving on a Spare Tire

Today, automakers use several types of spare tires. Some vehicles have a full-sized spare while others have a compact spare. The full-sized spare is a regular tire. The compact tire or “donut” is a space-saving tire meant to get the vehicle to a repair shop. The manufacturer describes the safe speed and recommended distances for the “donut” spare.

Abilene drivers know the importance of having a good spare. Tires can fail in the middle of a trip or local errand. The compact tires do not handle or steer like regular tires, and drivers must lower speeds and drive only a…
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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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