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Tips for Staying Safe When Driving in the Winter

There are many reasons that you might have to drive in the winter months, and there will be times where you will have to head out on the streets when conditions are less than perfect. It is important for you to know how to drive safely when the weather is bad.

You should know where you are going and how you are going to get there before you head off on a trip in the winter. You do not want to have to make any sudden turns that you were not expecting so you should study your travel plans before…

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The Effect of Extreme Temperatures on Car Batteries

An advantage to understanding how various systems in your car work is to save you time and money on repairs. Temperature extremes of cold or heat can adversely affect the way your battery functions. Recognizing the symptoms can help you to avoid becoming stranded unexpectedly.

Your battery's ability to decreases by 20 to 50 percent in cold temperatures. Any battery that is beginning to age can fail to start at all after sitting in freezing temperatures overnight. Your motor's oil can also thicken in cold temperatures, making it more difficult for the battery to coax parts into functioning…

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Contemplating the Various Vehicle Models for Your New Ride

Shopping for a new vehicle can be a bit of an overwhelming process. With so many different makes and models to choose from, you have a lot of decisions to make. A really popular option these days is the SUV. This is a vehicle that provides consumers with economy, reliability, and affordability. The majority of SUVs come packed with great technology and safety features, such as lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, emergency braking capabilities and more.

Just about every manufacturer on the market is creating at lease one SUV as part of their lineup. 

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How Tire Tread and Pressure Affect Your Car's Performance

Have you noticed a dip in your vehicle's fuel efficiency lately? Do you feel as though you're not getting adequate traction on the road when you speed up or slow down? Then it's time to check the air pressure level and tread quality of your vehicle's four tires.

If your tires are filled with too much air or not enough air, based on the vehicle manufacturer's recommended air pressure found on the doorjamb sticker or your operations manual, your safety on the road can be compromised. Not only will you experience less traction on the…

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Your Vehicle's Alternator: What is it Used for?

Your vehicle comes equipped with a starting/charging system. There are three primary components that make up the starting/charging system that are the battery, starter, and alternator. At DCH Honda of Temecula, we would like to keep you informed about how to keep your vehicle in optimal shape, which is why we have included some content about your vehicle's alternator below.

You can think of an alternator like a generator. It works to keep the battery charged while the vehicle is on. In addition, it also keeps the electrical components working, including windshield wipers and headlights.  

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Timing Belt Ins and Outs

A timing belt is a necessary component that works to power the engine by synchronizing the movements of a vehicle's camshaft and crankshaft. If the timing belt fails while in motion, the engine may sustain a great amount of damage. Car owners should follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule for replacing the timing belt. A few signs of a failing timing belt include a shrieking sound coming from underneath the hood or visible signs of spotting or staining in and around the timing belt. 

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Learning About Auto Finance Jargon

Regardless of your experience with financial matters, taking the time to understand the common words used when setting up financing for a vehicle could let you make any decisions with confidence. At DCH Honda of Temecula, we'll walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.

Securing a loan with a low annual percentage rate will minimize the interest you have to pay on a loan every year. Having a high credit score will qualify you for loans with a low APR. If you're dealing with poor credit or no credit, having a cosigner also sign…

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How to Choose the Right Car Seat for Your Little One

Car seats are designed to keep children safe, but there are many parents who do not have their children in the proper car seat for their size and age. At DCH Honda of Temecula, it is important to us that your children stay safe when you are behind the wheel. Read below to learn some tips about getting the right car seat for your child.

When you have found the right car seat for your child, be sure that it is properly secured. Children under the age of one should always need to ride in a rear-facing car seat for…

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Differentiating Between Towing and Payload Capacity

Knowing the difference between the towing capacity and the payload capacity can prevent you from placing too much weight into your truck, potentially causing damage to its frame, chassis, or suspension. DCH Honda of Temecula can explain the various ratings and help you make informed decisions.

The payload capacity of a truck is based on the strength of the frame and its Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. Since it is generally less than the towing capacity of a truck, it's important to understand the difference between the two. 

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Applying Touch Up Paint

It never fails. Just when you think your car is the best thing on the block, here comes a shopping cart to ding your doors. There is touch up paint to remedy this problem.

Choosing the correct color is essential when you want the touch-up results to be pristine. It is not in your best interest to try to match the color of your car's paint with eye coordination alone. The best way to get the exact color match is to find the paint color code that can usually be found in the vehicle owner's manual.  

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