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5 Tips for Summer Car Care

To help you keep your vehicle running at its best and avoid unexpected auto expenses, review our five tips for summer car care below. When you finish, you can schedule a service appointment right on our website and save time at the dealership.

  1. Coolant System
    During the summer, the greatest threat of breakdown is your engine overheating. To ensure you're not stuck on the side of the road, have your coolant system inspected and filled before the summer heat hits.
  2. Wipers
    Wipers in poor condition will leave streaks across your windshield and reduce your visibility.​
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Honda Starts Production of All-New 2019 Honda Insight Sedan in Indiana

On May 14, 2018, Honda announced their excitement of starting mass production on the all-new 2019 Honda Insight. The announcement, accompanied by a $61.5 million investment in Indiana and Ohio production plants for the growing Honda lineup, is a big achievement for local communities and American consumers alike.

Beyond an investment in the local areas, the production of the 2019 Honda Insight exemplifies the commitment of Honda to introduce more electrified vehicles into America. The initiative is proudly headed by the Indiana plant that will produce all Honda Insight models

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Tips for Replacing a Flat Tire

While changing a flat tire may be a relatively easy task to complete, it is important that you do it correctly. You should never attempt to change a tire on grass or dirt as the jack could sink into the ground. That could result in the vehicle tipping over and landing on a person or object.

Once you have found a flat spot to raise the car, use the jack to lift the vehicle off the ground. Once this has happened, you can start the process of taking the wheel and tire off. After the damaged tire is off, you…

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What are Gaskets?

The head gasket goes between your cylinder head and engine. It seals in the combustion chamber. Most cars have a custom gasket, so it depends on your car's make and model. The gasket allows for the right compression and also keeps in gases from the exhaust. Altogether, the gasket is needed to make your engine more efficient. However, there can be issues that arise from long-term use and certain types of cars that are more prone to blown gaskets.

The head gasket seals in things tightly and allows pistons to run through the metal sheet. If you notice that…

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How to Jump Start Another Car

When you’re prepared with a set of jumper cables, you may be able to help another motorist or yourself. They’re not difficult to use, but you do need to practice a few safety precautions. One of the first things you need to recognize is which of the cables represent the positive and negative charge. Once you’ve identified that, you’ll need to make sure they don’t touch any other metal surface once they’re connected to a battery.

The red, or red stripe, cable represents the positive charge. The black cable is the negative. It’s…

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Does Your Car's Ignition Need to Be Serviced?

When you insert the key into the ignition and crank the engine, you expect the car to start up right away. If you see smoke or smell a foul odor, this is a sign of a problem. There could be an oil soak or a problem with the starting circuit, both of which require immediate service.

Unusual sounds are also a sign of a starter problem. Grinding and whining sounds may come out of the engine when you crank it. These sounds happen when the starter drive is not engaged with the flywheel. 

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What Extreme Weather Can Do to a Car Battery

Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, take a toll on the performance of a car battery. Most people associate a dead battery with below zero temps, but extremely high temperatures are just as guilty. Unless you're living somewhere where the temperatures are around 77 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, make routine battery maintenance a top priority.

In cold weather, as the mercury drops, so does the capacity of lead acid batteries. At -22 degrees Fahrenheit, the battery runs at around 50% of its normal capacity. Because motors demand a stronger boost to start in cold weather...

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Rear-Wheel vs. Front-Wheel Drive: Is One Better Than the Other?

Traction, control, handling and fuel efficiency should all be among your primary concerns when searching for a new car. Still, you may not be aware that your choice of front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive can directly impact all of these important factors. For this reason, we’ll now take a look at these two drivetrains side by side so you can understand the differences.

You’re probably aware that a front-wheel drive vehicle is driven only by the front two wheels, and this provides certain advantages to a vehicle. Primarily, FWD vehicles offer improved traction and control on wet or…

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How Does Brake Fluid Make Car Brakes Work?

Brake fluid is an essential part of any car's brake system. It provides the force needed to stop a vehicle at whatever speed it may be going as quickly as possible.

In modern automotive brakes, each wheel has a brake pad that clamps down on a rotor that's attached to it. The friction this creates slows the wheel to a stop. This action is performed by cylinders that are powered by pressurized brake fluid when you step on the brake pedal. When brake fluid leaks, the amount of force the brakes can apply is reduced because of the…

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Why Would I Choose Synthetic Oil?

When it comes to choosing the right kind of oil for your vehicle's motor, you have a couple of options. Here at Piazza Honda of Philadelphia, we want you to have all the facts so you can choose the right oil for your motor.

Oil that comes from nature with just a few added chemicals is called conventional oil. It is a basic lubricant that keeps motors running smoothly most of the time. Synthetic oil is created in a laboratory and scientifically designed to be the best possible motor oil. Always check out your owner's manual to see…

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