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Keep Your Cabin and Engine Air Filters Pristine

Your vehicle's air filters are what keep you breathing clean air, and they also help your engine running efficiently. It's a good routine to switch out your cabin and engine air filters every 20 thousand miles or so to ensure the proper engine and climate control function.

Dirt Road Driving? We'll Inspect Your Air Filters

If you do a lot of driving on dirt roads, then your air filters are going to fill up with dirt from time to time. We can inspect your engine and cabin air filters and clean or replace them if needed. Keep…
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Prevent Hose and Belt Failures by Visiting Bend Honda

What Are Belts and Hoses?

At our dealership in the Bend area, we want you to stay educated about your vehicle. If your car runs off of fuel and not electricity, then it has a drive belt and hoses throughout the engine that help it to run smoothly and in a synchronized motion. Some cars have a timing belt instead of a timing chain that sets the firing pattern for each piston. It is necessary to do preventative maintenance on your vehicle by replacing all belts and hoses every 60-100 thousand miles.

 

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Clarity Means Everything on the Road

While some things in life are bound to change, others stay the same throughout. You can't simply put everything on hold once the cold weather moves into Bend. Your vehicle needs to be a reliable transportation vessel all season long. Those of us at Bend Honda understand that the customer may want to put on a set of winter tires or wiper blades during the cold months. It makes sense.

Toughness Around the Clock

You better believe that quality winter wiper blades will be different than summer ones. Summer blades aren't required to deflect snow, sleet and ice…

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What is an Alternator?

Every part of our vehicles play an important role in keeping us safe on the road, especially the alternator. Do you know what an alternator is or what it does? Alternators provide power to the electronics while keeping the battery charged. Drivers often think they have a dead battery when it’s actually a faulty alternator. Our team at Bend Honda can give you alternator tips and valuable information on keeping your alternator operating efficiently.

The alternator used to be called a generator because it provides energy to the vehicle in much the same way as a generator.  

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Preventive Maintenance for the Belts and Hoses on Your Vehicle

Just like your vehicle needs periodic oil changes, tire rotations, and topping off of fluids, there are various belts and hoses on your vehicle that must be inspected and maintained. With routine wear and tear, things like your timing belt and serpentine belt can fail. Here are some maintenance tips to remember for belts and hoses:

  • Use your hands to inspect the serpentine belt. You may notice small frays on the outside edges of the belt. 
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Adequate Headlight Performance for Safer Driving

Safe driving is impossible without adequately functioning headlights. While rain and construction zones demand bright, full-coverage headlights, good exterior lighting is always needed. Fortunately, a few quick tips will help you to see the road ahead of you.

The most important sign that your headlights need to be repaired or replaced is decreased visibility. Some common symptoms of visual woes include seeing faded colors and shadowy figures. Overall dimness is also another common sign your lighting needs an upgrade. 

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Tips for Jump Starting Another Vehicle

Can you imagine what it is like to be stuck and stranded without a working vehicle? Perhaps this has even happened to you at some point in your life. If it has, then you are well aware of what it feels like to be going through that. You just feel hopeless as you watch everyone else carry on with their lives as if nothing at all is amiss, because for them everything really is just fine.

Jump starting a car may be your best option here, and it happens when a kind person agrees to share their jumper cables to…

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There are Numerous Reasons Not to Use Winter Tires This Summer

There are many reasons why you should not use winter tires this summer. First off, winter tires are built to stick to the cold ground. This allows the tires to plow through snow, ice, and freezing rain. When winter tires are on warm roads, they do not stick to the ground, so they do not get hard and tough. Instead, they get weak.

Another danger of using winter tires in the summer is that the tires can possibly blow out. This happens when the winter tires take on too much heat, which they are not built for in the first…

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What's the 411 With Gaskets?

Here at Bend Honda, we provide our consumers with information that helps them maintain their vehicles and keep them running smoothly. Gaskets are an important component because they bind two or more surfaces, which prevents gases and fluids from leaking in your vehicle.

Gaskets can withstand extreme temperatures and can be made of a variety of materials. The most common material used to make gaskets is multi-level steel, but copper and rubber are other common materials for gaskets. Although they are long-lasting, they will wear and will need to be replaced with time.  

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Car Care Tips: A Few Reasons to Keep Your Vehicle Washed

We care about our consumers, and we want to help them keep their vehicles in optimal condition. Washing your car on a regular basis is important because it rids the exterior of dust, pollen, dirt, and other contaminants. Dirt that builds up on your vehicle can cause rust, scratches, and damage to the protective coating.

You also get better fuel economy when your vehicle is washed regularly. If you don't wash your car, it will have a coat of dirt, which will cause more drag. This will consume more fuel. With a clean car, you get 10 percent better…

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