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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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Common Causes for an Illuminated Tire Pressure Icon

The tire pressure lights in your car alert you when potential issues are discovered with the car tires. Here is why those lights may have turned on, and what you can do about them.

One of the false positives you may receive with the tire pressure indicators is that the weather can impact air pressure. On days of extreme heat or cold, the pressure could rise or drop a few pounds. Usually when the temperatures rise later in the day, the lights will turn off automatically. 

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How to Quickly Jump Start Another Car

The unexpected happens, and we're here to help you travel around the Topeka, KS region with as little frustration as possible. In the event that you come across another motorist with a dead battery - or perhaps it's your battery that needs some juice - here is a simple guide to easily jump start a car with a dead battery, prepared for you by the Honda service team at Sharp Honda.

  1. Bring the two vehicles together nose to nose, battery to battery.
  2. The jumper cables should be two colors, black and red. The red cable goes to the positive on…
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How Does Temperature Affect Your Car's Battery?

Inordinately hot temperatures and vehicle batteries aren't a desirable blend in any way. That's due to the fact that immoderately high temperatures can in some cases bring on dead batteries. If the idea of having to replace your car battery quickly upsets you, there are many other drivers who know exactly how you feel.

It can help, though, to focus on a cool engine. Car engines have to exert themselves during the summer months. If you want helpful defense against overheating, a dead battery and more, engine coolness needs to be one of your biggest priorities. 

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FWD or RWD: Which Suits Your Driving Style?

You are in the market for a new car, but with so many choices out there, which should you choose? First, you will need to decide whether you want a vehicle that is front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, and below are some facts to help you decide:

  • Front-Wheel Drive - In a front-wheel drive vehicle, power is sent from the engine to the front wheels, and the front wheels then pull the vehicle. Some advantages of a front-wheel drive vehicle are: better traction, better fuel mileage, more back seat space, and many are quite affordable. 
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Make Time for Important Tire Rotations Service

At Sharp Honda, we know how busy our customers are and how often they are pressed for time. That's why when you bring in your vehicle to our service department for an oil change or another minor service; we may recommend our tire rotation service as a time-saving measure that you can have done during the same service visit.

Tire rotation is extremely important to protect your tires from unnecessary wear and involve switching the tires from rear to front or from left to right. Not only does tire rotation service improve the longevity of your investment in quality…

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