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Vehicle Battery Testing for Beginners

Although batteries are designed to last a designated number of months or years, they may fail due to extreme weather temperatures and conditions. Signs might include malfunctioning electronic equipment or dimmed dashboard and headlights. When the battery charge seems to be dropping, testing the part is a sure fire way to determine if replacement is necessary.

Here's how you can test your battery safely at home. Make sure the vehicle and all electronic components are turned off. Attach the red positive voltmeter lead to the positive battery post. 

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Learn How to Dispel Common Motor Oil Myths

If you are diligent about changing your motor oil, you’re a car owner who cares about your vehicle. Unfortunately, there are several motor oil myths many drivers still believe. If you fall in this category or have concerns, stop at our Gardena Honda service center and speak to our qualified staff.

Here are two common myths many drivers still believe:

  • MYTH - If the oil is black, it needs to be changed. The oil’s job is to lubricate and clean the engine. If it’s black, that means it’s doing its job. The deep color of the motor…
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When is it Time for an Ignition Service?

It is important to keep your vehicle’s ignition in superb condition because a fully functional ignition ensures your vehicle will perform at its optimal level. You can get routine vehicle inspections to keep your ignition running properly, and you should also be aware of warning signs that could mean there’s a problem with your ignition.

The most prevalent sign that your ignition is experiencing problems is when your car won’t start. 

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A Safe Method for Jump Starting a Car

You never want to be stuck in a parking lot with a car that won't start. Here is a guide from the DCH Gardena Honda service team to help you jump start a car with a dead battery:

  • Bring the two cars nose to nose, then turn off the engine.
  • Identify the positive and negative ends of the jumper cables, then place the positive to the positive on dead battery. Do the same with the good battery.
  • Now place the negative cable to the negative terminal on dead battery. 
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Red Hot: Reasons Engines Overheat

As a car owner, you understand how important your engine is and how important it is to maintain and service your engine. To keep your engine running at its optimal level, it is important to make sure it is not overheating. Below are some reasons why an engine may overheat:

  • Cooling System Leak - In order to keep your car engine from becoming too hot, your engine has a cooling system that circulates coolant throughout the engine. Over time and due to use, the cooling system may become compromised. This could lead to a cooling leak, and without the coolant circulating…
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Springs and Steel Keep You Safe

You may think of a slinky or the small metal cylinder inside of an ink pen when you hear the word spring. In reality you are not that far off when it comes to the suspension springs in your vehicle. They are just more robust and heavy-duty versions of the springs mentioned above. Properly operating suspension systems help keep you safe and comfortable, and here at DCH Gardena Honda, we can check to make sure your suspension is operating as it should.

When you hit a bump in the road or have to turn suddenly, your vehicle will want to…

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Do Not Ignore Vehicle Warning Lights

Many drivers in Gardena, CA and beyond have seen a vehicle warning light appear on our dashboard and decided we would continue our journey before getting the issue checked. However, here at DCH Gardena Honda, we strongly recommend all residents monitor their vehicle warning lights and allow our technicians to assist whenever a light illuminates. Every vehicle warning light has its own meaning, and the meaning can range from a simple fluid fill to a more extensive correction.

You could see a light illuminate on your dashboard that warns of low coolant or a serious ESP fault warning.

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