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Proper Technique on How to Jump Start Another Car

Follow this guide for jump-starting your vehicle using a different car.

Get the two cars close enough so you won't have to worry about the jumper cables safely reaching. Once they are both in park, turn off the engine and open the hoods.

After you have identified the positive and negative sides of the jumper cables and battery, you can start connecting the cables.

The red cables go to the positive sides of the battery, start with the dead battery than good one.

Start with the black negative on good battery, then simply take the remaining black cable and…
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The Importance of Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

You won't realize how important windshield wiper blades are until they fail. Here are a few things to consider concerning your clear field of vision when driving.

Over time, the rubber of the windshield wiper blades will oxidize, causing them to harden. Without being able to flex to the shape of the glass, the blades will miss spots and reduce your ability to see safely when driving in heavy rain.

When the windshield wiper blades become hard, they will flake away and less rubber contacts the glass. Smudges create glares, so as other vehicles with their headlights on approach…
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How to Test Your Car's Battery

If you want to know whether your car's battery is in good condition or not, you can always test it with a voltmeter from an automotive store.

Before you test your battery, make sure that your car's engine and all of its lights are shut off, and you're wearing rubber gloves and goggles to protect you from any mishaps. Connect the positive and negative leads on the voltmeter to the appropriate terminals on your battery. Most of the time, the red lead will be positive, and the black lead will be negative.

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Changing a Flat Tire Isn’t a Complex Task

Changing a flat tire is a fairly easy process. There are also helpful tips in your owner’s manual. Make sure that you only lift your car off the ground enough to change the flat tire, which is normally six inches. You might need to remove a wheel cover. This is easily done by placing the point of the lug wrench between the wheel cover and the wheel.

The lug nuts are going to be very tight. You can gain leverage by using the lug wrench at a 90-degree angle. Prior to lowering the car, hand-tighten the lug nuts. It…

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How to Know When Your Ignition Needs Servicing

When the vehicle's ignition system suffers, other sections of the car may have trouble as well. Identifying the warning signs early is one of the surest ways to avoid long-term damage to the vehicle, especially if you are in a hurry.

One of the first and most important things to keep an eye out for is a grinding sound when you turn your ignition on. This almost always signifies a mechanical issue. Seeing smoke after the vehicle starts is another problem, and the way the smoke looks can be one of the best indicators for other issues. Watch out…

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Motor Oil Lies You Might Have Been Told

There are some myths that you might believe when it comes to motor oil, and it is important for you to be able to separate fact from fiction. You need to know what is true and what is not when it comes to the oil in your vehicle.

You might have heard that you for sure need to change your motor oil every 3000 miles, no matter what. That is a lie that you have been told as every vehicle differs and the type of oil that you use can affect how often that oil needs to be changed. Another…

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Protect Your Vehicle by Pursuing Tire Maintenance Services

When the treads on a tire have uneven wear, the process of gliding a car effectively on the road can be challenging. If you want to avoid collisions and fender benders, you'll have to get tire maintenance services that involve wheel alignment.

Professional wheel alignment services will be needed if you frequently drive your automobile in districts, suburbs, or neighborhoods that have severe road hazards. Each time the tires on your vehicle roll over a hazard, the treads will develop wear. If the wear on any of the tires isn't even, the main frame that supports the wheel…

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The Function of Vehicle Exhaust Systems

The automotive industry really does know what it is doing by putting exhaust systems and mufflers on vehicles. They know that by doing so, they are protecting the public from various gaseous emissions that can be both harmful to people and the environment. It is important that we heed their advice about having any issues surrounding the exhaust system attended to in a timely manner.

Our team at Mike Piazza Honda would like all their customers to know that they are there ready to service vehicles as needed to bring their exhaust systems back up to industry standards.

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Maintaining the Oil in Your Differential

Your vehicle has a lot of fluids and oils that need to be maintained and replaced. The differential is one component of your vehicle that needs lubrication to maintain proper functioning, but in case you don't know what a differential is, let's take a quick look.

Your differential transfers the energy from your engine to the wheels of your car in the correct amounts. Without your differential working properly, you will begin to experience difficulties with handling, and your vehicle's wheels might not move, even if the engine is running.

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The Importance of an Engine’s Cooling System

Have you ever noticed your temperature gauge reading hotter than usual or found a puddle of coolant in your garage? It may be time to have your radiator and cooling system looked at by a professional. A hot engine can cause serious damage to important and expensive engine components. The radiator and cooling system make sure this doesn’t happen. By circulating coolant through the engine, heat is removed and sent out to the surrounding air.

Coolant levels are checked during routine maintenance, so it's important to follow the maintenance schedule recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

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