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What to do When Your Windshield Gets Chipped

Imagine you are driving down the road, and then out of nowhere, a stone gets kicked up and chips your windshield. What do you do? Most people have been in this situation or at least know someone who has, but many of these people don't take the proper steps to make sure this minor incident doesn't become a costly one. Here at Loving Honda, we want all our customers to know what to do if this happens to them.

The first thing you should do is take it to a specialist. They will be able to diagnose if…

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What is Understeer?

One of the two possible steering issues you can experience while driving around is understeer. Understeer is a phenomenon where your vehicle refuses to turn at the same angle you are setting with your steering wheel. At issue is the safety of you and your passengers. When driving in town, the problem may be slight, but when you are on the highway and traveling at higher velocities, the problem is exacerbated.

Understeer is a product of the difference between wheel angle and car heading. When you experience understeer, you are experiencing wheel slippage which comes from a lack of tire…

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What is a Timing Belt?

As a car owner, it is important that you understand some of the basic elements of a vehicle. One such element is the timing belt.

A timing belt, also known as a cambelt or timing chain, is a component of an internal combustion engine. A timing belt synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft with the camshaft. This coordination permits the valves in the engine to open and close at proper times. The valves must be times appropriately with the intake and exhaust strokes.  

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The Importance of Your Vehicle's Alternator

As a vehicle owner, you want to keep your car in the best possible shape, which can be accomplished by understanding how your vehicle functions. Your vehicle's starting system includes the battery, starter, and alternator. To learn more about your vehicle's alternator, read our content below.

The main function of an alternator is to help the battery stay charged when the vehicle is turned on. It also helps to keep electrical components in your car working, such as windshield wipers and headlights.  

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Scratched paint? No Problem! DIY touch-up paint

In Lufkin, you encounter plenty of hazards that threaten your car’s paint job – rogue shopping carts, low-hanging branches, people whom don’t know how to park, etc. This is usually perceived as a significant cost of time and money to address. This is not the case, however. You can easily fix this yourself!

First, clan the scratch and sand it lightly with 220-grit sand paper. Be sure to repeatedly wash it out with soapy water and a garden hose as you do so.

Once dry, if the scratch penetrates all paint layers, apply primer. Once it dries, sand it…

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How High Temps and Low Temps Affect Your Battery

Most of us at one time or another will experience battery trouble with a vehicle.

Nine times out of ten, that trouble will happen on a day that is either extremely cold or extremely hot. Temperature extremes can have a negative impact on battery performance in many different applications. This is because lead-acid batteries generate power through a chemical reaction process. Chemical reactions are sensitive to temperature and humidity among other factors.

The reaction taking place inside your car battery can be simplified as the transfer of ions between lead and lead dioxide plates...

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Don't Overlook Signs of Brake Trouble

The braking system on your vehicle is complex. The system works on fluid pressure that starts with pressing the brake pedal. The brake pedal should feel firm, and the car should slow noticeably when a driver applies pressure. For many drivers, a soft pedal is the first sign of brake system problems.

Local drivers rely upon good brakes to keep themselves and their riders safe. At the first sign of brake problems, it is important to consult with an expert. Trouble signs include poor braking and traces of leaking fluids. Good brakes are essential for driving safety.

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Why A Dash Cam Is a Great Addition to Your Car

Here at Loving Honda, we believe that an informed and knowledgeable vehicle owner is a happy vehicle owner. As such, we wanted to take a moment to let you know a little more about one of the more popular vehicle accessories on the market today - the dash cam.

A dash cam is exactly what it sounds like - a camera that sits on your dashboard. It is particularly helpful if you get into a traffic accident, or have any issues in parking garages or when navigating around pedestrians. The camera will be able to prove exactly what happened if the other…

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Are Rubber or Carpet Floor Mats Better?

If it's time for you to get some new floor mats for your vehicle, you might be wondering if it is better to go with carpet or rubber mats. The choice ultimately depends on the type of use that your vehicle receives.

If you live in an area of the country that gets a lot of rain and snow, you should probably get rubber mats as they are easier to clean. Rubber mats are also better if you have pets that will be traveling in the car frequently. Mats made from carpet material will look nicer, and they are…

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Discover a More Simple Way to Jump Start a Vehicle

Here's a simple guide on how you should jump-start your car, prepared for you by the Honda parts and repair team at Loving Honda. You'll only need some work gloves, safety glasses, and jumper cables to get started.

  • Bring the nose of the working car to the nose of the one being jumped.
  • Open the hood of both vehicles and locate the battery.
  • Make sure the car lights and ignition have been turned off before starting.
  • Your jumper cables have four clamps, two red and two black. One red goes on the positive part of the good battery…
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