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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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Your Car Smells, Take Care Of It!

From transporting children or pets to taking food to special events, your car likely has odors in it that you may not even recognize at this point. It is so easy for us to grow accustomed to how our car smells and then just forget about it, but we should not allow ourselves to do this.

There are a number of ways to tackle the odors that come up in our vehicles. We can use car air fresheners that are mass produced and available in just about any store that you can think of, or we can use less conventional…
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Is Your Car's Battery Good or Bad? How to Run a Test

If you want to test your battery and see if it is holding a charge, you will need a voltmeter. Most automotive experts recommend a digital voltmeter since it gives a near accurate reading. Analog voltmeters are available, but the readings are less accurate.

Before you test your battery with a voltmeter, turn your lights and ignition key off. Next, you will need to connect the red test lead to the positive terminal on your battery (also red). You will then connect the black test lead to the negative terminal on your terminal (also black). 
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Summer Tires vs All-Season Tires: A Comparison

Here at Piazza Honda of Springfield, our associates want you to keep your car equipped with the best tires for your driving habits and the season. Now that summer is approaching, you may consider getting summer tires to optimize your driving experience in the warm weather.

Summer tires act as a performance tires and offer superior traction on dry and wet surfaces. Summer tires are meant to be used in the warm months, but those who live in areas without a true winter can use them all year.

Why do summer tires perform better than all-season tires in warm months…
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Benefits of Shopping for a Crossover Vehicle

The SUV market has long since died down. While large SUVs were very popular at one point, people have begun to realize how difficult they can be to maintain, drive and afford. Not to mention, they consume a lot of gas. If you're interested in a vehicle that is a bit more durable and sturdy than a sedan but don't want a full size SUV, stop down to Piazza Honda of Springfield to take a look at our inventory of crossovers. The crossover provides a number of benefits over smaller and larger models. This includes:
  • There is plenty…
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Benefits of Maintaining Regular Car-washing

Congratulations on the purchase of your new car! Of course, you already know the mechanical maintenance is very important, such as oil changes, tire rotations, and brake service, but Piazza Honda of Springfield wants you to know that the exterior maintenance is just as important.

The primary benefit of washing your car is ensuring that it looks great while you're driving through Springfield. However, the practical benefits include preventing the paint from losing its original appearance for as long as possible. Washing your car on a regular basis is the best way to remove 
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Why Your Engine May Be Overheating

The engine of your car is probably one of the most important components of your car, and you want to make sure it’s always running as smoothly as possible. Overheating is often the first sign that there’s a problem. We at Piazza Honda of Springfield want you to be an informed vehicle owner who knows how to keep your engine in good shape and know the warning signs or causes. Here are some reasons why your vehicle may be overheating.
  • Your vehicle needs more coolant to keep the coolant system running correctly.
  • Pump, fan, thermostat and hose failure…
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Ways to Prevent Salt Corrosion

Salt can do a lot of damage to our cars, and at Piazza Honda of Springfield we want you to be an informed driver who knows how to take care of your car and prevent salt corrosion. With the large amount of snowfall we’ve been getting the past couple of years, the roads have more salt on them than ever before. Don’t let this safety step ruin your car. Learn about ways you can prevent salt corrosion.
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• Cover your windshield wipers when not in use to prevent them freezing.
• Avoid parking in snow banks.
• Avoid driving through heavy…
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