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How Improper Tire Pressure Affects Your Tires And Your Safety

Tire pressure is important for many reasons. When tires are properly inflated, in good condition, and balanced, drivers can enjoy excellent traction and handling. They can also void potentially costly and dangerous blowouts. Moreover, correct tire pressure can additionally ensure optimum fuel economy. For these and many other reasons, at Piazza Honda of Springfield, we want to share information on why tire pressure matters.

Poor Weight Distribution

A properly inflated tire will bear weight evenly across its entire surface.
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Learn More About Properly Maintaining The Belts And Hoses In Your Car

Often overlooked, the belts and hoses in your car perform a number of critical functions. Foremost among these is driving engine accessories such as the alternator, air conditioner compressor, water pump, and air injection pump among others. At Piazza Honda of Springfield, we want to help Springfield motorists learn more about the importance of properly maintaining these components.

Signs That Your Car's Belts Or Hoses May Need To Be Replaced

If a timing belt fails, this could lead to thousands of dollars in engine damage. Thus, in addition to having your 
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How To Protect Your Car From Salt Corrosion

Whenever snow and ice accumulate, the application of road salt is essential for ensuring continued safety on public roads. Salt has been used as a de-icer since the 1930s. It's easy to apply, inexpensive, and easy to store. Unfortunately, however, road salt can be both beneficial for drivers and detrimental to their cars. At Piazza Honda of Springfield, we want to help motorists minimize corrosion caused by road salt and protect the resale value of their vehicles.

How Road Salt Can Damage Your Auto

Exposure to road salt promotes corrosion...

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Keep Your Battery Operating Strong

The function of your car's battery is to start the motor as well as work with the alternator to power the vehicle's electrical system. Here at Piazza Honda of Springfield, it's important to us that you stay informed about the function and maintenance of the battery in your car. Think of the battery as an electrical reservoir.

When to Service the Car Battery

Just because you have a dead battery and the car won't start doesn't mean you need a new battery; you could have a failed alternator or corroded battery terminals...

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What is Synthetic Oil?

First of all, make sure you change the oil in your car at least every 15,000 miles. Secondly, synthetic oil is used in most cars these days and it's not the same as conventional oil. Piazza Honda of Springfield will recommend synthetic oil for most of their cars.

Six benefits of synthetic oil:

1) When your car is running on synthetic oil, there's a lower level of effort and friction going on.
2) Synthetic oil has a more long-wearing consistency and lasts longer.
3) The uniformity of synthetic oil makes it better than conventional oil.
4) There…
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Learning The Difference: Compact Temporary And Full-Size Spare Tires

There are a few different types of spare tires, and it's good to be aware of which is which because when you pull off to the side of the road with a flat tire, you are going to want to be on top of your game.

So what is a full-size spare? It's exactly that. A lot of cars have full-sized spares that are the same size as the tires on the vehicle and designed for the type of use as the normal tires. Having said this, once you get to a location where you can repair or…
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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Back to School

You haul the kids back and forth. Your teen is driving to school with a brand-new license. Your now-adult kid is hitting the road and off to college. In any case, it's time to get your vehicles in back to school shape. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Get basic maintenance up to date. That means changing the oil and rotating the tires. Check the amount of tread left on the tires. Top off fluid levels. Check your wipers and replace if damaged or worn. Check your owner's manual to see if there are scheduled…
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Have These Tailgating Essentials On Hand for Football Season This Year

Tailgating is such a great time to spend with friends and family during football season. If your city doesn't have a winning team, you'll have tons of fun pre-gaming in the parking lot. If you're trying to compile a list of all the tailgating essentials that you need in a couple of weeks, here's our list to help you out:
  • A good quality cooler that won't leak and is easy to clean.
  • Chairs that fold up for easy storage.
  • A tote filled with all of the essentials for cooking and eating. Plastic utensils, paper plates…
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Tips for Cleaning Tires

Cleaning your car regularly can improve its value when it's time to sell it. Because your wheels are in constant contact with all kinds of surfaces, they're difficult to keep clean, but it's important that you remove all traces of brake dust regularly, as it can be very corrosive.

Scrub your tires with a liquid detergent formulated for removing dust and grime. You can let the most stubborn spots soak longer if necessary. Spray each tire well, getting into the crevices between your hubcap and the tire. Dedicate a special towel for use only on your tires…
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About Winter Tires

Many vehicle owners are aware of all-season radials or off-road tires. But fewer are aware that there are also summer and winter tire options. Winter tires are studded or without studs. They are made to provide a greater degree of traction on icy, slushy or snowy roads. The rubber remains flexible or pliable despite cold temperatures, which ensures more surface area that contacts the road.

However, the tires are not sufficient when spring and summer arrive. The flexibility of the tire means that the tread wears down faster during warmer temperatures.

 
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