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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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Credit Score Can Impact Interest Rate

If you applied for a car loan several years ago and have been making faithful payments but find yourself strapped for cash all of a sudden, you may be wondering if you should refinance or trade your car in for another vehicle.

Before you make a decision, you might want to revisit your credit score. If you had a lower score when you took out your car loan, you might have had to pay a higher interest rate. If you have since paid bills on time or borrowed and repaid money, your credit score may have improved significantly. If this…
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Creating a Great Winter Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

It is scary to think that you could become stranded in the cold during the winter. If you are afraid that your vehicle might quit on you and leave you stuck outside, you should create a survival kit that you can stick in that vehicle.

The winter weather can mess with the battery that is part of your vehicle and cause it to fail you. You should make sure that the winter survival kit that you create includes jumper cables that will help you out if you find that your battery just is not working.
 

 

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How to Handle Studded Tires

Studded tires are among the interesting types of tires. However, there are tires that are studdable. With these types of tires, you can remove the studs when there is no ice on the ground. However, they can leave the tires vulnerable to sliding when there is ice on the road.

When the studs are on the tires, you do get better traction with ice. However, when the ice is not on the road, driving the vehicle with the stud on the tires will run a risk of damaging on the road. When the road is damaged, it can bring damages…

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What Can Cause Oversteer and Understeer?

One of the things you can do in order to avoid problems in the vehicle such as oversteer and understeer is make sure that you know the causes of such issues so that you can prevent it. We at Piazza Honda of Springfield can give you all of the causes of various issues in the vehicle.

When it comes to understeering, that can be caused by accelerating a little too early in the turn. You can also cause an understeer when you turn the wheels in your car too quickly and too far. One thing you want to do is…

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