Fun Games to Play with Your Kids on the Road

Road trips can be long, but they don't have to be boring. We here at Piazza Honda of Reading want both you and your kids to have a fun trip this summer with your vehicle. So we encourage you to try out these fun car games with your kids.

A simple but classic game your kids can play is Tic Tac Toe. This only requires a pencil and paper to play. To make the game more interesting, award points to the winner. For your teenage kids, they could instead play Spot the Car. Their goal is to identify the…

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Take a Budget-Friendly Roadtrip This Summer

When you want to take your family on a trip but don't have a lot of money, there are a few tips that you can keep in mind so that you can explore other areas on a budget. Set a budget before you leave home. Your budget should include money for food and a hotel as well as money for a few inexpensive souvenirs.

Find small cafes that are off the road instead of eating at popular restaurant chains. You'll usually get more food for the same price or less than what you would spend at a larger…

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Signs Your Brake Pedal May Need Servicing

Brakes are a very important component to our vehicle in obvious ways. If we cannot slow or stop our vehicle adequately, it can become dangerous to drive on the road. When the brakes are performing correctly, then the brake pedal should feel firm when depressed. If it gives a "soft" or "spongy" feeling, then you should have the brakes checked.

A common cause of brake problems can be air in the airline, damaged brake lines or worn or damaged brake calipers and cylinders. Air in the brake lines is the usual culprit of brake problems and can be fixed by…

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A Well-Equipped Emergency Kit for your Car

If you're worried about not having the right tools to deal with a flat tire, dead battery, or another issue your car might have, having an emergency kit on hand is the perfect solution. A few select items make it easier and safer to get your car back on the road.

In addition to the basic tools needed to replace a flat tire, such as a lug wrench and jack, having a tire pressure gauge and bottle of Fix-a-Flat can save you time and stress. An air compressor that has a jump starter can let you resolve a variety…

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5 Benefits of Regular Oil Changes

  1. Better Performance
    The main purpose of engine oil is to lubricate the internal parts of your engine. These parts move rapidly and ensuring that your engine oil is clean helps your engine run smoother and quieter.
  2. Reduce Risk of Damage
    Engine oil helps keep your engine running smoothly, but it collects dust and debris throughout use. That's why regular oil changes are important when you replace engine oil you flush the harmful particles out of your engine that can cause damage to internal engine components.
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5 Summer Auto Tips to Keep Your Vehicle Running Smoothly

  1. Oil Changes
    Oil changes are crucial to the longevity of your engine. Engine oil helps lubricate engine parts, reduces wear, and dissipates heat throughout the engine to increase longevity.
  2. Coolant System
    The coolant system helps ensure your engine runs at a proper operating temperature. Be sure to have your coolant system filled, checked for leaks, and inspected for summer driving.
  3. Air Conditioning System
    If you don’t want to be stuck sitting in the sweltering summer heat, have your A/C system inspected and checked for leaks
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How to Replace a Flat Tire

If you have a flat tire, then you know it could be difficult getting back on the road unless you know how to change a tire. It basically comes down to having and knowing how to use the tools. To change a tire, you'll need a jack, spare tire, lug wrench, and wheel wedges. The wedges will help keep your car in place, while the jack will allow you to rise up.

Once you have the wheel wedges in place, you just need to jack the car up by placing the jack under your tire. You'll need to…

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Understanding Automobile Gaskets

Automobile gaskets are types of seals used to hold fluids as well as to maintain pressure and to prevent debris from entering an engine. Gaskets in good condition are absolutely vital for the proper operation of an engine.

Some gaskets inside a car are within the engine. Other gaskets connect the engine to other components of a car. The most common types of gaskets contained in an automobile include main bearing gaskets, cylinder head gaskets, intake and exhaust manifold gaskets, and camshaft gaskets.

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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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