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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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The Value of Having a Test Drive Checklist

How many times have you ever gone out shopping for groceries, only to find that you left your list home? It happens to all of us, and when it involves a forgotten box of cereal it is no big deal. When you are shopping for a car, it can mean making the wrong long-term commitment.

Making a checklist before going for a test drive will save you from making this mistake. When you are shopping for a car and doing your research online, make sure to keep a list of features that you want and the characteristics that you do…

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Is it Possible to Take a Road Trip Without Spending Lots of Money?

When you leave the lot at Bend Honda in your new vehicle, the first thing that probably crosses your mind is that you now have a better vehicle to accompany you on your day-to-day adventures. What you probably do not think about right away is that you now have the perfect vehicle for a weekend getaway or long-distance road trip. Luckily, a weekend getaway can be had on a budget.

There are a few things to consider when planning a budget road trip. The first and most important thing is the route and the destination that you'll be heading…

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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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Learn About Android Auto

More and more vehicles are utilizing Android Auto because of the hands-free offerings that it gives on the road. At Bend Honda, we can’t wait to show you some of the new Android Auto compatible vehicles that are available to you.

You can choose to say, “Okay Google,” or use a voice command button on the steering wheel. From there, you can make adjustments to what’s playing on the radio, use an app that offers a playlist, or call one of the contacts from your phone. 

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A Few Reasons Your Vehicle's Engine Could Overheat

If you've ever seen steam coming from the hood of your car, you might have had an engine overheat. If you drive a vehicle with an overheated engine, you're likely to break your engine, which can cost you thousands of dollars to repair or replace. But there are some signs to watch out for and some preventative maintenance to ensure that your engine stays cool.

Your engine can overheat if the coolant is low or in some other way inadequate for cooling it and the radiator. This is why you should have your coolant flushed and replaced periodically…

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