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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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Mechanical Reasons for the Engine Overheating

When your engine starts to overheat, you want to pinpoint the cause in order to avoid such damage in the future. There may be any number of mechanical reasons for such issues, and troubleshooting can help.

If the car has a faulty radiator or there is some issue with the radiator fan, you may experience significant engine overheating. The cooling is not occurring at the necessary levels. Similarly, water pumps may malfunction, which can result in leakage and bearing issues.  

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Vehicle Preparation For Camper Towing

The weather is warming up, and people will want to enjoy the great outdoors. For some, this will mean setting off with the camper in tow. DCH Gardena Honda wants you to tow safely, so here are some tips so that you are safe when heading out with a trailer.

Before towing any type of camper or trailer, you need to make sure that you are towing within your vehicle's capacity. Know your vehicle's capacity and know the weight of what you are towing. Pulling too much weight can seriously damage your vehicle.

Before setting out with a…
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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

If you have been thinking of cleaning your car professional, then you probably want to make sure that you are getting what you pay for. When your car’s wheels get a good clean, your detailer should use a foam applicator brush, professional grade cleaner, and tire gel. This ensures that you’ll get a clean, shiny tire.

Some detailers mess up and actually wash all of their vehicle at once, spraying on the tire cleaner to other parts of the vehicle or splashing up grime from the tires onto the body of the vehicle. In both instances, you want…

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Smart Tips for Eliminating Odors Inside Your Vehicle

Although it's important to keep the mechanical aspects of your vehicle in good working order, it's equally important to do some basic housekeeping on a regular basis to help prevent the build-up of strange and offensive odors in your automobile. Here are a few tips from our friendly service technicians.

It's a good idea to sprinkle all dry carpeted areas with a little baking soda every week, then vacuum it up to help neutralize existing odors. Don't allow trash or food leftovers to accumulate but remove them on a daily basis.  

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