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How to Get Set Up For a Test Drive

There is no wrong or right way to test drive a car, but here are some tips to make the experience fun and informative. However, before you head to the showroom, make a list or have a general idea about the type of vehicle you are looking for. Do you want a truck for towing, or are you looking for a minivan for the family?

When you find an automobile that you like, make sure you drive it up to speed on a freeway, around town, and park it in a parking lot. Note how it handles during cornering, when…

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Learn the Basic Differences in Fact vs. Myth for Motor Oil

We all know it’s important to change the oil regularly on our vehicles and use the right kind of motor oil. The questions many have are how regularly and what’s the right kind of oil? If these questions plague you, stop at Crest Honda and let us give you some helpful tips to keep your vehicle running as long as possible.

Of the many motor oil myths, perhaps the most common one that we get at our Honda service facility, is that oil must be changed every 3,000 miles. This is not the case. The mileage recommendations…

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What are the Steps of Changing a Flat Tire?

You know what it's like to see someone on the side of the road bent over and staring at a flat tire. If you want to feel confident whenever you head out on the road, then you should get some tools to help you fix the flat so you don't get stuck. These tools include a lug wrench, jack, spare tire, and wheel wedges. This allows to do everything you need to replace a tire, but if you want something quicker, you can always opt for a flat tire kit.

Replacing a tire starts with the wheel wedges…

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The Differences Between FWD and RWD Vehicles

Should you get a front-wheel drive (FWD) or a rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicle? To come to an informed decision, you should know the main advantages and disadvantages of each option.

Because the weight of the engine and transmission is directly above the drive wheels, FWD cars tend to get better traction on slick and dry roads. This design also makes the initial purchase cost lower because it makes them cheaper to manufacture. Unfortunately, this design also has many moving parts, which may increase maintenance costs. 

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How to Test Your Car’s Battery

If you’re concerned that your car’s battery isn’t holding a charge, you can use a voltmeter to check it. You may choose an analog or digital option, but the first step is to make sure that your car is shut off, including the lights. Connect the positive, or red, cable to the positive battery terminal. Go on the negative, or black, cable and attach it to the negative battery terminal.

A battery that’s less than four years old and registers at 12.4 volts or above should hold a charge. If the battery is older than…

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Know the Signs of a Failing Ignition System

A faulty battery is not always the reason for your vehicle not starting. There are definite signs that the ignition system in your vehicle may be failing instead, including:

  • The engine’s starter is soaked with oil.
  • Smoke accompanied by a burning smell can be an electrical short in the ignition.
  • When cranking the engine, you hear a whining noise from the starter.
  • A grinding noise with no engine turnover 
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What Exactly is a Gasket?

We here at Crest Honda located right in Nashville, TN want to be sure that you as a vehicle owner are as informed as possible when it comes to your car. That's why we want to make sure that you understand what gaskets are and what exactly they do for your vehicle.

Gaskets, put simply, exist so that liquids or gases cannot escape through a crack. When two pieces of metal come together inside of your engine, a gasket ensures that nothing is leaking out of the shared surface area. 

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Stay Cool: Check Your Radiator

Routine maintenance on your car is important to make sure your vehicle is running safely and at its peak condition. One system that needs routine maintenance is the radiator, which is responsible for making sure your car does not overheat. Below are tips for maintaining your car's radiator:

  • Coolant - It is important to make sure you keep your radiator fluid, also known as coolant, filled at all times. Check the coolant level often and if it is low, you can purchase coolant at a local auto supply store for a minimal cost. 
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Keep Your Car in Alignment

Your tires are the one piece of equipment on your vehicle that are designed to make contact with the road while you drive. That is why they can suffer from some of the harshest wear and tear. One thing that you need to pay attention to in order to maximize the lifespan of your tires is your vehicle's alignment.

Your alignment is the adjustment of your vehicle's suspension system in relation to its wheels. You can see signs of needing an alignment if:

  • You see uneven tire tread wear
  • The vehicle pulls to one side
  • Your steering wheel…
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An Ounce of Prevention: Top Off Your Gas Tank

If you want to avoid being another statistic on the road when it comes to being stranded without gasoline in your car or truck in the winter, then there is something that you can do about it. Our family at Crest Honda in Nashville, TN want to tell you that you can avoid becoming stranded and circumvent the inconveniences that are often associated by being stranded on the side of the road with no fuel by filling up your gas tank this winter at least twice a week! 

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