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A Brief Note on Car Alternators

If your car's engine fails to turn over, it might be your alternator, not your battery. Alternators supply the electricity that keeps your battery sufficiently charged. This enables it to initiate the starter that gets your engine to turn over. Here are a few tips we here at Crest Honda think are useful to know about alternators.

First, alternators are not batteries. An alternator is a generator that creates energy to constantly feed and recharge your car battery. When you commute into the city, your alternator gleans energy from your car's mechanical motion.  

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How Do Brake Pads Work?

If you've noticed a squealing noise every time you press your brake pedal, it may indicate your brake pads need replacing. Your wheels aren't the only thing spinning. As you drive, your disc brakes also match the pace of your spinning wheels. When it comes time to stop, pressing on the brake pedal engages a caliper that squeezes the discs, causing the spinning of your wheels to slow.

You can have anywhere from two to four discs, depending on your car's design. Each caliper has protective graphite pads on its tip that shield it from the heat…

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The Importance of Headlight Repairs & Replacements

Your headlights play a major role in vehicle safety when you’re driving down the road. At Crest Honda, we want to help you maintain the various components of your vehicle. If you notice that your headlights aren’t turning on, you’ll want to find out the problem right away.

There are laws that require you to have working headlights. Failure to have your headlights on can result in various fines. This is all the more reason to test your headlights on a regular basis. 

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How to Test Your Vehicle's Battery

Do you think your vehicle's battery may be dying? It could be if you are having to jump start it regularly or if it is sluggish to start. You will need to check your battery life.

You will need a digital voltmeter and gloves to avoid getting battery acid on you. Make sure your vehicle and all lights are off. Find your battery's positive and negative terminals. Take the positive test lead, usually red, and connect it to the positive terminal on your battery. 

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Get Your Car Ready for Spring

At Crest Honda, we love to help our clients get ready for spring. We have a list of things you should do to have your vehicle in great shape and prepared for the new weather. If you don't like to service your vehicle, bring it to our technicians and they will make sure it is ready to go.

Check out your owner's manual and see if you have any service milestones to complete. These check-ups are based on how many miles you are at on your vehicle. You should also check out the fluids in your car and…

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Tips for Getting a Spare Tire into Place

When you’re driving and get a flat tire, it’s important to know how to change it. Many vehicles at Crest Honda come with a spare. We’re here to help you with the tire changing process.

Be sure to pull safely to the side of the road. Gather all of the needed supplies, including the spare tire, a lug wrench, and a car jack. If it’s dark outside, you will also need a flashlight. You will need to loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. Then, you can use the car jack to raise the vehicle up…

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How to Control Odors in Your Vehicle

Do you get your car professionally detailed? You may want to if you smell onerous odors in your car every time you open the door. Smells can come from any place. You may have opened your vents and turned on your air conditioner when you were behind a car with bad exhaust. You may also have smoked or eaten fast food in your vehicle. All of these have repercussions on the small space of your car.

Smoke and other odors can get into the fabric of your vehicle and become hard to get rid of. The only way to get…

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Do Windshield Chips Need to be Repaired?

Many of us have experienced that sinking feeling when a stone bounces off the road and makes a chip in our windshield. Many customers ask our Honda service department technicians if every chip should be fixed. A chip large enough to be noticeable can create future problems and should at least be inspected to determine if its repairable.

Our experienced windshield chip repair specialist can determine whether or not a chip is repairable using an injectable resin process that removes air from the glass and adds a resin to strengthen the glass. 

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Can Rodents Damage Your Car?

At Crest Honda, we care about our readers being informed about potential risks to their vehicles, so you aren't unpleasantly surprised if one of these situations occurs. Something not commonly known about is that rodents can do extensive damage to your car. Fortunately, you can take precautions for this type of damage.

There is rodent-deterring tape you can buy for your vehicle. It looks similar to electrical tape but contains super-spicy capsaicin. Another way you can protect your car from rodent damage is to install metal mesh around openings where rodents can crawl inside. 

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Follow These Tips to Stay Safe When Driving on Ice and Snow

Driving during the winter can be dangerous. At Crest Honda, we try to help our customers stay safe during the winter. If you have your vehicle inspected for worn hoses, leaks, and other damages, it will prepare your vehicle for harsh weather conditions.

Before you travel, plan your route according to the road conditions and traffic. It is also important to let others know when you are leaving and what route you are taking. If you are running late, try not to rush. If you drive slowly, it will increase the chances that you will arrive at your destination safely…

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