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Simple Guide to Jump Starting a Car

This simple guide to jump start a car will allow you to get the vehicle running in short order. You'll need a set of jumper cables, safety glasses, and a good pair of gloves to get started.

  1. Once the cars are close to each other, turn off the car lights and engine, then open the hood of both cars.
  2. The jumper cables have two red clamps that go to positive battery terminals, and two black cables.
  3. Connect the red clamp to the good battery, and the other red clamp to the bad battery. 
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Timing Belts: What They Are and What They Do

A timing belt is responsible for maintaining the correct timing of your displacement engine. If there is a problem with the belt, it could cause your engine to misfire. When you're driving around in Reading, PA, you want to be sure your engine's cam and crankshaft are in sync.

If your timing belt is giving you problems, you may hear a ticking noise or your engine won't turn over. There may already be misfires occurring, too. 

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The Effects of Severe Weather on a Car Battery

The longer that you have been driving your car with the same battery, the better chance severe weather has impacted the internal components and could lead to a failure. This is what your car battery has to endure through each of the seasons.

As the temperatures keep dropping, the liquids that are inside the car battery are getting thicker. As the temperatures keep dropping, the casing begins to expand, and the internal parts of the car battery could be damaged so bad they cannot be repaired. In the summer, as the temperatures reach dangerous levels, so too will those chemicals…

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Understanding the Differences Between Rear-Wheel and Front-Wheel Drive

Both front-wheel and rear-wheel drive provide their own unique advantages and drawbacks. Unfortunately, deciding which type of drivetrain is best for your specific purposes isn’t always so easy, which is why we’ll now present you with a quick overview of the pros and cons of each.

Front-wheel-drive vehicles have the benefit of being much more capable on wet, slick or snowy roads. In a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, there is a much higher chance that you’ll end up slipping or sliding around the road as all the power is coming from the rear.

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Clean Brake Fluid is Essential to Brake Performance

Every vehicle’s brake system requires brake fluid. When you apply the brakes, the fluid is sent through the hydraulic structure of your vehicle to evenly distribute pressure to the brakes. This process takes less than a second and slows your car down enough for you to stop when necessary. Without the fluid and the hydraulic structure, the brakes cannot operate effectively.

There are times when the brake fluid can become contaminated due to the environment or moisture. When this occurs, the brake performance can be decreased and sometimes nonexistent. The only way to know if the brake fluid,

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Let's Talk About Synthetic Oil

You already know that oil is necessary to keep your motor's moving parts lubricated and running smoothly. And you are probably aware that your motor oil needs to be changed regularly. But what you may not know is that there are different kinds of motor oil available: conventional and synthetic. Let's find out a little more about synthetic oil.

Synthetic oil differs from regular, conventional oil in that synthetic motor oil is carefully created using special chemicals in a laboratory. It is designed to provide the best quality performance, the best protection of your motor...

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Take Care of Your Car Before Getting on the Road

The holidays are a great time for visiting with friends and family. However, if you're traveling by car, there are a few things you should take care of before you start your trip from Reading, PA.

Be sure to get your oil changed before your trip. If you've had your oil changed in the last week or so, ask your mechanic to top your oil off and check the rest of your fluids to make sure that you have enough transmission and windshield wiper fluid to keep the inside of your car well lubricated.

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Do You Need Winter Windshield Wiper Blades?

Now that the winter season is here, you'll need to make sure that your car is in great condition and can withstand the cold weather. One of the ways to do this is to get winter wiper blades for your windshield.

One of the main reasons why wipers that are formulated for cold weather are important is because they are made of soft rubber. The rubber won't freeze during icy or snowy weather, so you can get debris and water from your windshield quickly, which helps to keep you safe while you're on the road. The soft…

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To Save Time, Try Scheduling Your Next Service Appointment with Us Online

Here at Piazza Honda of Reading we understand that your time is precious. You don't always have time to wait to talk to someone on the phone when you just need to make a simple service appointment.

So, we decided that in addition to having our staff on hand to field your phone calls, we also put a service appointment scheduling tool on our website to make life simpler for you. If you know what you need and want to just click and set up your appointment, it is just that easy to do.

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