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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Back-to-School

Whether your kids are school-aged or college-aged, getting the car they'll depend on to get to and from class ready for the rigors of the school year has plenty of benefits beyond the immediate commute. Maintaining your vehicle will contribute to a higher resale value down the line, and keeping it up to date will keep you from being stranded.

As the school year coincides with the beginning of autumn, you can ready your car for the winter ahead as well by trading your summer tires in for a winter set. Changing your oil is an opportunity to use…

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Take Care of Your Headlights to Avoid Issues

While there are potential issues that can occur with your headlights over time, it is possible to prevent some of the problems with your headlights. Therefore, you do not have to accept headlight problems as something that is going to occur. You can take a few steps in order to maximize the use of your headlights.

One of the things you can do is polish your headlights. This will keep everything bright for you while you are driving around at night. This will also save you money on repair work. You are going to have to take precaution while you…

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How to Debadge Your Car

Informed vehicle owners are usually able to get the most out of their cars and are able to customize them to look exactly how they want. That is why our team at Sharp Honda want to be sure that you know a variety of ways to remove any unwanted badges from your car or truck.

First, experts recommend that heat is applied to the badge to loosen the adhesive. This can be done in a variety of ways. The first way is to pour extremely hot water over the badge which melts the adhesive. The second way is to use…

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Testing a Vehicle Battery

Occasionally, vehicle owners may desire to determine the level of charge a battery contains. The task requires using an analog or a digital voltmeter. Digital versions are often recommended, as they tend to be more accurate. Before beginning, make sure to wear rubber gloves.

Make sure the vehicle's engine and all electronic components are turned off. Connect the positive or red lead of the voltmeter to the positive battery post. Connect the ground or black lead to the negative battery post. Good batteries display a charge of 12.4 or better. 

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Springtime is Service Time for Your Vehicle

With warm weather in full swing, it's time to start planning your next weekend getaway. Before you head out, though, you'll want to be sure your car is as ready as you are. To be fully prepared, check out these spring car care tips from Sharp Honda.

Begin where the rubber meets the road, literally, by checking the condition of your tires, including the spare. Good tires will ensure you have plenty of traction, even during a summer storm. Next, if you're the type of traveler who likes to hit the road early in the morning, it…

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Tips for Traveling on a Limited Budget

It is possible to take a road trip without spending a lot of money. However, you will need to plan carefully to stay within your budget. Before you leave town, be sure that your car is in good condition. This typically means checking for damage, getting the oil changed, and inflating the tires before getting on the road.

A vehicle that is in good condition will usually get farther on a gallon of gas and require fewer trips to the gas station. Other ways to save money on a trip include planning your route so that you travel fewer miles…

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Why Washing Your Car is Important

When you drive around town, you want to take pride in the appearance of your car. Washing your car regularly is important for a wide variety of reasons and will let you enjoy getting into your vehicle every morning. At Sharp Honda, we have all of the products you need to keep your car or truck looking amazing. We can help you understand the value of a clean car.

Keeping the exterior of your car clean can extend the lifetime of the paint and of the vehicle. Regular washings can remove debris and allow you to keep tabs on any…

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Gasket Failure Warning Signs

It would not be possible for your car to run without the gaskets that are in the vehicle. Gaskets are designed to form a perfect fit between certain parts of the car's engine. If a gasket should fail, important fluids in the engine would either leak out or mix together. This would lead to your car becoming inoperable.

There are warning signs that a gasket is having trouble and may need to be replaced. If you notice that there is seepage around a gasket, that is a warning sign.  

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Use Our Tips for Easily Sharing the Road

When you safely share the road with bicyclists, you could save lives. All of us at Sharp Honda wish to thoughtfully offer these tips that make sharing our city's roads easier.

While driving on local roads, always assume that bicycles are present. When you see a cyclist on the road, do not get annoyed. They are allowed to ride on most roads. Avoid cruising side-by-side with cyclists. They should be able to use a lane's full width. Only pass when you can leave them a three-foot safety zone without causing problems for vehicles in other lanes. 

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Why do Headlights Cloud Up in Just a Few Years?

Newer vehicles are subject to fuel economy restrictions. Those restrictions do not mean that every car in a manufacturers fleet needs to meet those levels of fuel economy. It says that the overall fleet must meet the federal fuel economy levels. These regulations led to a revolution in headlight technology as well as other car parts.

Glass is heavier than plastic. To remove the weight of glass from the headlight system, automotive engineers substituted a lighter, yet robust, plastic material for glass. Over time, the outer layer of plastic succumbs to the effect of ultra-violet light. 

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