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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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Avoid Automotive Rodent Damage

Here at DCH Gardena Honda, we want you to understand all potential risks to your vehicle. One of the more common problems that has been around for decades is rodent-inflicted damage.

Many automotive companies are starting to use plant-based biodegradable materials, which rodents feast on. This leads to damaged wiring, plastic, hoses and other car parts. You can buy a specially made roll of tape, often sold by dealerships, which contains capsaicin. This is the ingredient found inside spicy peppers, and as you can imagine, rodents avoid your car upon tasting it.  

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What Really Happens in a Windshield Repair?

While you are encouraged to get your windshield repaired in some cases, you may want to know all that goes into a windshield repair. When looking at the process of the windshield repair including the type of tools that are used, you will be more knowledgeable in your decision for windshield repairs or replacement.

When the windshield is repaired, a liquid resin is put in the cracks, which forces the air out of the windshield. This is meant to seal and strengthen the windshield in the area of the damage.  

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Protect Your Honda Car's Interior with Floor Mats

We here at DCH Gardena Honda understand the importance of being an informed vehicle owner so that you can select the right accessories for your car. When it comes to protecting the interior of your vehicle, finding the right set of floor mats depends on your particular needs.

Rubber floor mats work well in areas where there's a lot of snow or rain. Rubber mats can be cleaned easily enough with a hose and air dried. In most cases, you can choose from neutral color options such as black, tan, or gray. 

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Motor Myths Might Influence the Type of Oil You Use

There are two types of motor oil that are often used, including synthetic oil and conventional oil. However, there are a few misconceptions that are going around concerning the different types of oil and how they should be used. Clearing them will give you a better understanding of the misconception.

One of the common myths is that switching between the types of oils is going to bring harm to your engine. The truth is that it is safe to change oils. The factor you should be paying the most attention to when it comes to oil is the viscosity. 

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Keep Track of Your Tread

Since the tires on your car are important components and are responsible for assisting in moving the vehicle on the road, it's important to ensure that they are in proper condition. If you notice that it's difficult to maintain control of your vehicle on the road, especially when the road is wet, then you want to check the tread to see if your tires are slick.

The pressure of your tires should be at a level where they aren't too full of air but aren't flat. You can usually have less air pressure in the summer…

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Reasons Why You Should Consider an SUV for Your Next Vehicle

When you are shopping for a new vehicle, there are a lot of different makes and models to consider. The SUV is a vehicle that has really taken over the market. This is thanks to how practical and affordable many of these models are. The sport utility vehicle brings more power to the table than your traditional sedan. It still has plenty of interior comfort features, great technology and safety features throughout.

Many manufacturers are focusing their efforts on the design of their SUVs. Depending on what your budget is and what type of features you are looking for, the…

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When Should My Timing Belt Be Changed?

Practically every new vehicle has a timing belt, and that small device is a vital part of the engine. That is why drivers should have their timing belts replaced well before they become damaged or rip entirely. Allowing your timing belt to fray or tear could result in thousands of dollars in repairs down the road.

As a general rule, our service team recommends that timing belts should be replaced every 100,000 miles. That being said, you must always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend changing timing belts as often as once every 60,000 miles…

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What Purpose Does a Vehicle's Alternator Serve?

Your alternator is an important piece of equipment that is part of the starting system. You can think of it like a generator because it keeps the battery charged while your vehicle is running. Our staff at DCH Gardena Honda would like to help you stay informed about your vehicle, so here is some information about your vehicle's alternator.

Your vehicle's starting system includes a battery, starter, and charger. The alternator works with the battery to keep the headlights, windshield wipers, and other electrical components working correctly.  

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Finding a Car Seat Appropriate for Your Child

As a parent, you want to keep your child safe while you are on the road. DCH Gardena Honda wants you to do that, as well. We are here to help you make informed decisions when it comes to finding a seat that will keep your child safe in your car.

It is important for you to learn about the different types of car seats and the ages that they are each appropriate for so that you know what you should purchase for your child. Rear facing infant seats are made for young babies and there are also convertible and…

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