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Keeping Your Battery Alive in Extreme Temperatures

While extreme temperatures can cause problems with the battery, there are things that you can do in order to make sure that your battery is able to survive the winter and the summer. As with other components in the vehicle, a battery is going to last longer with care.

The temperature that does the battery in depends on a few factors. One factor is the strength of the battery. If the battery is weak, then it can freeze at 32 degrees Fahrenheit. A fully charge battery can withstand temperatures down to -76 degrees Fahrenheit.  

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What Type of Mat is Right for Your Vehicle?

Deciding what type of mats to protect your car with is important in terms of keeping it clean and preserving the resale value of your car. Most people choose between rubber mats and custom carpet mats. Here are some of the major factors to consider when selecting your car mats.

Rubber or all-weather mats are a great option if you drive through dirty areas or think that you will be getting in and out of your car in bad weather. They are effective at keeping mud and snow off of carpets. However, custom carpet mats are the preferred option for…

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SUVs Can Provide Improved Safety and Efficiency

For many years, the majority of vehicles found on the nation's roadways were cars, vans, and trucks. In more recent times, the conveyances known as sports utility vehicles (SUV) have taken increasing sway on the roads. SUVs enjoy greater popularity than ever for many good reasons, including enhanced passenger safety and improved gas mileage. Here at our Honda dealership location, we take pride in helping our customers make informed SUV buying decisions.

On the passenger safety front, the benefits that SUVs provide are hard to ignore.  

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What is a Differential?

Have you checked your car’s differentials lately? Do you know when to check the oil? Differentials are located with the axle assembly in your vehicle, helping to turn the wheels. If you have a front-wheel drive, then you’ll find the differential with the front axle, and it’s the opposite with the rear axle. However, all-wheel drive will have two differentials, one for the front and one for the rear.

Differentials are important for your car to run smoothly. It allows the car’s wheels to turn on a consistent axle even as it rotates at different speeds…

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What do motor oil viscosity ratings mean?

Have you ever wondered what the numbers on motor oil means? Well our team of automotive experts here at Honda of Hayward wanted to be sure to make you aware that these are actually oil viscosity ratings. An example of this rating is 5W-20. This means that at a cold temperature, the oil has a rating of 5 and at a hot temperature has a viscosity rating of 20. A more viscous liquid will move far slower than a less viscous liquid. Heating up the motor oil makes it less viscous which means the second number will always be higher…
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Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

An informed truck owner seeks out both facts and opinions about truck accessories to see if they are right for them. That is why we here at Honda of Hayward want to tell you all about the advantages of Tonneau cover.

The biggest advantage to a cove is both keeping your property protected and improving fuel efficiency of your truck by making it more aerodynamic. One of the major things to consider is whether or not the total cost of a Tonneau cover, which can be quite high, will be less that the amount of savings you will realize in…
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Explore Common Auto Finance Terms

Car buyers who don't understand basic financing terms often end up paying far more in the long term and also end up regretting their choice in car due to the massive monthly bill they are now stuck with. That is why our experienced team at Honda of Hayward want to be sure that you know the basics of auto financing terms.

First, a down payment is the amount of money you pay towards the car before it is financed. This is money that accrues no interest and saves you money over time. Next, car buyers should know about depreciation…

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Using the Right Car Seat for Your Child's Safety

Car seats are for your child's safety, but their safety is compromised if they're in the wrong seat. Here's how to know which seat is right for your child.

Car seat manufacturers have height and weight guides, so check the seat information first. Infants and toddlers should use rear-facing car seats until they outgrow those guidelines. Some toddlers are big enough for forward-facing car seats, which are also the best seat for preschoolers. 

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What Does the Car Alternator Do?

The alternator under the hood of your vehicle does more than many realize. It is a common misconception the alternator only charges the battery.

Without the alternator running in a peak state, your car ride would be far less enjoyable. The alternator charges itself when the vehicle is running, by way of a belt attached to the block of your car engine. 

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How Brake Fluid Helps Your Vehicle

At Honda of Hayward, we want to help you keep your vehicle in the best possible condition. Brake fluid, or hydraulic fluid, is a vital substance that helps your braking system function properly. It is found in the brake lines, and without brake fluid, you wouldn't be able to stop your vehicle when you apply the brakes. To find out more about brake fluid, read further. 

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