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Auto Guide: What are Brake Pads?

Have you ever been driving along and heard your brakes? Well, that's not supposed to happen. If you are hearing a squeaking or screeching sound when you brake, it's probably because your brake pads are wearing down or have completely disappeared. It's important to get your brakes checked. Disc brake systems use brake pads to apply pressure to the rotors, so that the vehicle comes to a stop.

When the brake pads start to wear down, you might hear squealing or screeching. This means that the brake pads have experienced wear and tear. The next step is…
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Schedule Your Engine Cooling & Radiator System Check Today

The cooling system in your vehicle is a mix of several moving parts that all must work perfectly together to keep parts from getting damaged and the engine overheating. These are only a few of those parts that will be checked and maintained.

The belts power the fan and the water pump. If the belts are damaged or loose, then these parts cannot operate effectively and the moving parts don't get cooled adequately.

The radiator hoses have to be able to move the coolant from the radiator to the engine block. If the hoses are damaged or the clamps…
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Choosing between a donut and a full-size spare tire

Are you prepared if one of your tires has an unexpected blowout? Having a spare tire in your car can help you get back on the road. There are two types of spares: full-size and compact temporary.

A full-size spare is just like the other tires on your car. When you put it on, you can drive your car normally, and the traction control and anti-lock brakes should work properly. The downside is that a full-size spare takes up a lot of room inside your car. A temporary compact 'donut' tire is narrower than a regular tire. Therefore, it takes…
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Learn the Right Way How to Test Your Car's Battery

If you suspect trouble with your car battery, here is a simple guide for using a voltmeter to test its remaining power.
  • Before you can use the voltmeter, it is important the car is not running, and the car lights have been turned off.
  • If you see any white corrosion on the terminals of the battery, use a wire brush or terminal cleaner to remove it.
  • The voltmeter has two wire connects. Place the red (positive), on the positive of the battery. Place the black (negative), on the negative side of the battery.
  • Turn the meter on, a reading that…
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Brake Pedal Problems

Your brake pedal in your vehicle is basically the interior cabin connection that you have to the rest of your vehicle's brake system. It might seem like a very simple part but in actuality, if something seems wrong with your pedal, it could be a sign of something more serious. You don't want to mess around with your brakes since this is what keeps you safe on the road.

When something is wrong with your brakes you may notice something like a grinding or vibrating feeling on your foot when you press down your brake pedal. This is…

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The Dangers of Not Staying On Top Of Tire Maintenance

A lot of things can go wrong while you're driving. But there are also many things you can do to minimize your risks out on the road. That is why we here at Honda of Frontenac want to be sure that you know the basics of tire maintenance.

?Driving on tires with little to no tread can be extremely dangerous especially in poor weather conditions as your car will not be able to stop as quickly which could lead to a wreck and even personal injury. Driving on under-inflated tires can cost you more money each year in fuel…
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Knowing The Basics About Your Transmission

Knowing what makes your vehicle operate can be very important to a modern car owner. That is why we here at Honda of Frontenac want to give you the basics of your vehicle's transmission.

Without a transmission, your car is basically a fancy box wrapped around an engine. What this means is that without the transmission your car would not move when you press down on the gas. The transmission helps transmit the power from your engine to make the tires move forward when broken down to its simplest form. Most technicians agree that a good transmission can last…
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The Heart of Your Automobile- Your Car's Battery

Whether you drive a gas guzzling monster truck or a small compact car, every vehicle needs a battery to start, including electric or hybrid cars. Your car's battery is the heart of your automobile, and it is in charge of every electrical component. Here are some important facts about one of the most important parts of your car.

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