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What's the Deal With Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings?

As a vehicle owner, you're probably very familiar with how different weather can affect your driving experience. Higher or lower temperatures can affect all sorts of things in your car, especially when it comes to motor oil. Here at DCH Gardena Honda, we thought we should give a quick rundown on motor oil viscosity ratings so that the subject is a bit easier to understand.

The numbers on the front of motor oil containers indicate said oil's viscosity - this refers to how well the oil flows in certain temperatures.

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A Guide to a Quick Car Cleaning When You're Low on Time

At DCH Gardena Honda, we want you to stay proud of the vehicle you purchased. That's why we've pieced together this quick guide for when you need to clean your vehicle quickly, but are running low on time.

Sack It!

Grab an old sack and start throwing any and everything in the bag. You may even wish to have two bags, one for trash and one for random items. No matter what you do with your stuff, just be sure you get it out of plain sight.

Wash It!

Grab a microfiber cloth and some lubricant and apply…
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Should I Have My Battery Serviced or Replaced?

When it's working perfectly, most drivers don't spare much thought for their battery. It can quietly go about its job for years before an issue arises that causes it to malfunction. Being met with a dead battery unexpectedly can be a huge inconvenience, so keep up with its maintenance to reduce the likelihood of anything going awry.

There are things that can mimic the effects of a dead battery, so if you're having trouble turning over your engine, rule out a faulty alternator as the cause before the battery gets the blame. Clean corrosion from the battery…

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Why Does My Car Grind When I Try to Start it?

When the weather is cold, sometimes your car can be hard to start. Many times, people automatically blame the battery. If your vehicle makes a grinding or whining noise, it might be your starter, and it might not be the weather either. The grinding sound could mean that it is time to have your starter serviced in Gardena, CA.

The starter is a gear that helps to crank the engine and start it turning. If you stick the key in the ignition and you hear a grinding noise, it might mean the starter gear is worn. If you hear whining…

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Learning the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

Here at DCH Gardena Honda, we find it important to inform you about your automobile's performance and terminology. So let's go over the differences between understeer and oversteer.

What Is Oversteer?

Oversteer is when the car steers more than the driver wanted it to. This is a common occurrence in front-wheel-drive cars.

What Is Understeer?

Understeer is when the car steers less than the driver wanted it to. Picture the wheels turned to one side, but the car is still moving straight. This commonly happens in cars that are front-wheel-drive. 

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Some Basic Facts About Your Car's Headlights

The headlights on your car should light up the road so you can drive safely at night. If you are traveling in an area with limited visibility, you need your lights to function properly. You should not wait to service your lights until they go out when you are traveling down a dark road.

Most automotive experts recommend you change both headlights when one or both are starting to fade. On many car models, one bulb works for both low and high beams. Older car models use separate bulbs. If you are uncertain which type of headlights you should use…

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Learning to Jump Start Another Car

If you forget to turn your lights off in your car after you turn off the engine, the odds are that you will wake up to a dead battery the next day. You might be able to get your battery charged by following the below steps.

First, you need to park a running car up to the front end of the car with the dead battery. The jumper cables have to reach between the cars, which means they should be fairly close together.  

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Washing Your Car Offers You Many Benefits

We at DCH Gardena Honda want out customers to drive safe and clean cars that they can feel proud of owning and driving. One of the ways you can have a vehicle worthy of your ownership is to keep it clean by washing it regularly.

It is common sense that a clean car will look newer and sport an overall better appearance. There are other benefits to washing and cleaning the vehicle inside and out. Regular washing and cleaning will get rid of germs, dust, and pollen that can cause disease and trigger allergies. Keep the car clean, and you…

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Why You Should Use a Dash Cam

As a vehicle owner, owning a dash cam is one of the smartest investments you can make. Whether you want to record accidents or meteors, you can be assured that a dash cam will be very beneficial to you.

Being the victim of a car accident is something no one ever expects. If no one is seriously injured in the crash, the two parties may begin playing the "blame game." Installing a dash cam will ultimately help record the facts so that you can avoid post-accident legal headaches. 

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Why You Should Keep Your Car Clean

At DCH Gardena Honda, our team wants our customers to be informed vehicle owners. It is important to keep a vehicle's exterior in good condition for resale and trade-in value. While washing a car takes time and money, there are many benefits of giving your car a regular wash.

Keeping your vehicle washed will extend its lifespan. Research has shown that a regularly washed vehicle will maintain its exterior beauty longer. It also prevents damage to the exterior. When dirt is left on a vehicle, it can lead to scratches, and it can also cause rusting and damage to…

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