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Choosing Between Summer and All-Weather Tires

If you often drive in warm and wet conditions, summer tires may be a better option for you than all-weather ones. Summer tires often provide better performance and are found on sports cars, luxury SUVS, and everyday cars. All-weather tires are more frequently put on passenger cars, SUVs, CUVs, and light trucks.

Summer tires may produce better braking and corners because of the stiffer rubber, but they also are generally replaced after 50,000 miles while all-weather tires can last up to 80,000 miles depending on driving conditions. 

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Clay Bar Ensures Professional Detailing Results

Think again if you think that by simply washing your car on a regular basis, you can remove all of the microscopic contaminants it picks up when on the road. Our service team at Sharp Honda in Topeka suggests detailing your car twice a year and including a clay bar in your arsenal of tools.

When applied to the wet surface of your vehicle, a clay bar applied with the proper clay lubricant can help to eliminate such tiny pieces of contaminants as bug residue, tar that flies up from the roadway, brake dust and industrial pollution. 

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Tips for Avoiding Distracted Driving

Distracted driving takes your attention away from the road and can cause an increased chance for an accident. Our team here at Sharp Honda want each of you to drive safely, and here are some tips for reducing distracted driving.

Many drivers have cell phones, and this can be a leading distraction while driving. Cell phones should only be used during emergencies. If you need to make a call, pull over onto a shoulder before making a call. Some vehicles are equipped with hands-free devices, but can still cause a distraction. 

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Several Reasons Why Car Covers are Important

The reasons to put your vehicle under a reliable car cover are plentiful, all helping to preserve your investment for years to come. Here are a few reasons you should be using the car cover more often.

The car cover will act like a shield, keeping the dangerous rays of the sun from being able to fade the paint or crack the dash. The longer the car sits in the direct sunlight, the more it will fade and lose its appearance, significantly reducing the value of your investment. 

 

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How to Search for a Great Car Mechanic

Don’t let your car find its way to the junkyard due to poor maintenance. Hire a great mechanic to fix both major and minor problems. By delivering great work, the mechanic saves you money in the long run. The mechanic also extends the life of the car. How do you choose the right mechanic, though?

Self-education helps the cause. Learn as much about your own car as possible. No, you probably won't become an expert mechanic just by reading the owner's manual. Nor would you by checking out what all the consumer magazines say. Still, try to…

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Thinking About a Hatchback? Here's Why You Should Try One

So you think that you want a hatchback? They're a great style of vehicle to consider. Here at Sharp Honda, we want you to be able to make an informed decision, so we've put together a couple of the biggest reasons that people choose a hatchback.

One of the most common reasons that people choose a hatchback over a sedan is that hatchbacks offer more cargo space in the back. Many also have flip-down back seating to maximize this asset. They also tend to hold their value for longer over the sedan, making them perfect for people who…

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TPMS: What it Does and What it Means

Fortunately, most vehicles now come standard with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that works to alert drivers of low tire pressure. The TPMS works through the use of sensors either in the tires or by the monitoring of wheel speed. An illuminated TPMS does not necessarily mean that the pressure is not sufficient. The light can also come on during extreme temperature fluctuations, tire punctures, or aging vehicle malfunctions. Underinflated tires can cause accidents or lead to reduced gas mileage. 

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Understanding the Different Types of Truck Bed Liners

Our crew at Sharp Honda in Topeka wanted to help you understand the differences between the bed liners on the market today. The most common bed liner for the truck is the drop-in style. These heavy-duty plastic tubs are molded specifically for every make and model truck, and once secure, form a barrier that keeps the bed from getting damaged.

Spray-on bed liners are a thin coating placed on the bed that is permanent, and you get one shot to get this right.  

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Testing Your Car Battery with a Voltmeter

In order to safely test a car battery with the voltmeter, be sure you are wearing appropriate safety eye-wear and some heavy-duty work gloves. The car engine needs to be off and the car lights too. Open the hood and make your way to the battery compartment.

Looking at the voltmeter, it has two cables, black for negative and red for positive. The red cable goes on the car battery terminal that is marked with the plus sign. The negative battery terminal goes on the battery marked with the minus sign. 

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A Headlight Replacement Requires More Than a Screwdriver

There used to be a time when changing your headlight was as simple as unscrewing a few bolts and replacing the bulb. Nowadays, the process has become a little more complex. Many vehicles now require that the headlights be aligned for centering to keep the light at the correct safety level. There are also vehicles that require the entire headlight assembly be replaced, which may require removing the bumper in order for the replacement to occur.

Because your headlights are so vital to your driving safety, it’s important to have a qualified technician replace them when necessary. 

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