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Spare Tire Information and Safety

Small spare tires have become standard emergency equipment on many newer vehicle brands, but these tires differ greatly from full-size spares. We here at Cawood Honda want every driver to be fully informed about spare tire usage as well as other important aspects of vehicle ownership.

Once you’ve changed out a damaged tire with a small emergency spare, it can be tempting to keep going until the spare itself wears out, but that is not recommended. Emergency spares, as their name would suggest, are designed for use in short-term emergency situations only. 

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Let Us Tell You About Some Signs of a Bad Fuel Pump

There are a lot of components to your vehicle, and knowing the symptoms that will occur when any single part begins to go bad can be challenging. That's why at Cawood Honda, we love educating our customers. Today, we would love to tell you about some of the tell-tale signs of a faulty fuel pump.

If you ever have a complete loss of power when you're driving at high speeds, it might be your fuel pump. When your vehicle needs a lot of gas, such as when you're driving up a hill or at high speeds, a…

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Drive Safely This Winter

If you are planning on driving in Port Huron this winter, it is important that you are prepared for the elements. Ideally, you will have an emergency kit in your car that can keep you safe until help arrives. This kit can come in handy whether you are stranded in a rural area or are stuck waiting for a tow truck on the side of the highway.

Ideally, your emergency pack will include a cellphone, a radio and batteries for each tool. It should also have gloves, a hat and a blanket to keep you and your passengers warm.

 

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Conventional Oil vs. Synthetic Oil: Which Option Should You Choose?

Is it time to schedule your oil change? Nowadays, vehicles are manufactured in a way that the engine performance is greatly enhanced with synthetic oil, as opposed to conventional oil. Which one is best for your vehicle?

Conventional Oil Benefits
 
  • Less friction of internal engine parts
  • Lubrication of crucial internal engine parts
  • Improves the longevity of an engine
  • Enhances fuel economy
Synthetic Oil Benefits
  • Reduces oxidation thermal breakdown
  • Provides greater resistance to engine sludge
  • Higher degree of oil viscosity
  • Less evaporation

 

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What is the Difference Between Full-Sized and Compact Spares?

Dealing with a flat shouldn't be a nightmare. Replacing the damaged tire with a spare often solves the immediate problem. Be sure to know the difference between a full-size spare and a temporary compact one. Significant differences exist between the two.

A full-size spare matches the size of the other tires. Essentially, the spare is not different from the four placed on the wheels. Drivers might not need to rush to replace the tire, but doing so usually makes sense. Driving on the space means no spare rests in the trunk.

 

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Signs Your Headlights Might Need Service

Car headlights enable you to see the road ahead of you in dark and difficult driving conditions like night driving or bad weather. It's important to keep your headlights in top shape so you can continue to clearly see the road. You can have the headlight bulbs replaced or repaired for optimal driving. If your headlights become yellow, foggy, or scratched, you may want to take your car in for service. Your technician can perform a comprehensive assessment on what needs to be done.

Changing the headlight bulb is straightforward. 

 
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Packing Up Your Tailgating Essentials This Football Season

Get ready to head to the game this fall and not only enjoy a football game, but you can enjoy the tailgating experience that happens beforehand as well! Some people actually prefer to hang out in the parking lot before and after a game. We here at Cawood Honda want to make sure that you're prepared for this event. Here are some of our tailgating essentials.

  • You need some comfy chairs to lounge in while you're eating and hanging out with friends. Make sure they can fold up nicely to save space in your vehicle.
  • One of the…
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How to Safely Avoid Hydroplaning in Your Vehicle

When the tires on your vehicle are unable to scatter rain water fast enough, the result could be your vehicle skids off the road. To avoid hydroplaning, consider these safety tips when you drive.

Never drive on wet roads with the cruise control activated or the rear tires could continue spinning while you lose control of the vehicle.

Always drive in a low gear on wet roads, and try to avoid hard braking so you maintain control of your vehicle.

On wet roads you will need to put more distance between you and the car ahead. This will allow you…
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Symptoms of a Leaking Exhaust System

Your car needs an adequate exhaust system to travel Port Huron streets safely. While it may sound intimidating, the exhaust system is a simple set of pipes that carries dangerous waste gases away from the engine and car. Since it's such an important system, quickly spotting issues is essential for performance and safety.

One of the more noticeable signs of a problem exhaust system is unusual vibrations. Some vibration is unavoidable in a moving car. New vibrations from the car seat, foot pedals, or steering wheel can mean there is hazardous rust in your exhaust system.

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Roadside Emergency Kit Essentials

Being prepared for the worst is the best way to make sure you are not caught off guard. This advice rings true especially when it comes to being prepared in case your car breaks down. Making sure you know how to do general repairs and that you have the tools to do so is essential.

One of the most important things to keep in your kit, especially in Port Huron, is a set of triangle reflectors and maybe even a road flare. This is so other motorists can see you when you are working on your car, and they may…
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