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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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Safety Tips for Using a Roof Rack

Even if you have a vehicle that has a lot of storage volume or towing capacity, sometimes you need more room to travel, especially if you are traveling long distances with passengers in all rows. That's where a roof rack comes in handy. Luggage and other personal items can be easily stored up top.

Pay attention to the directions that come with your roof rack for securing it to your vehicle. Remember that you'll probably travel at a speed of at least 55 mph, so you don't want to risk the damage that could happen if it…

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How to Save Money on Your Next New Car Purchase

It's important that you don't let yourself get overwhelmed with the process of buying a new vehicle. While the sticker price of some new cars might be shocking to you, there may be some room for negotiations. Don't immediately count out a vehicle that you think might be outside of your budget.

Talk to the representative that you're working with. See if there is any wiggle room on the price. You want to first negotiate that amount. When you have the actual price of the vehicle, talk about discounts or rebates that are currently being offered…

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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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How to Install a Child Safety Seat

When it's time to install your child's safety seat, know that you do have options. There are experts that can show you how to install the seat properly or even do it for you. If you do choose to install yourself, you'll need to be certain that you are following proper instructions.

Check the safety seat manual and determine if the seat should be forward or back facing. This is based on age, weight, and height of the child. If possible, always install in the back seat. This is where any child under 13 should be seated…

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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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How Do Brake Pads Work?

Brake pads are the part of your brake that come into contact with your wheel and slow your car to a stop. If you've ever had a bicycle, the little rubber part that clamps onto the wheel when you squeeze the brake is the brake pad. Your car's brake pads work in almost the same way.

Of course, cars are much heavier and much faster. That creates a lot of friction that wears your brakes out over time. Worn out brake pads can reduce your braking power and increase your chances of an accident. 

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DIY Tips for Debadging a Car

If you want to debadge your car on your own, be ready to take your time so that the paint is not chipped. Make sure that you have a good glue remover that works with your car's paint before you start.

Coat the logo area in adhesive remover, which should be left alone for a while to work on the glue removal. If you start to scrape it away and notice that you are pushing too hard, you can add some heat from a blow dryer to get it looser. 

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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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Make the Most of your Test Drive by Following These Tips

Before you purchase or lease a new car, it is a good idea to try out the vehicle first by taking it for a test drive. We at DCH Gardena Honda have prepared some tips for you to keep in mind when test driving new vehicles.

When you are shopping around for a new car, it is wise to set aside a day just for test driving. You do not want to test drive and buy a car right away. Give the test drive some thought and be sure to test a few cars out before you settle on a…

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