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The Benefits of All-Weather Floor Mats vs. Carpet

Choosing between rubber and carpet floor mats can be difficult for many drivers. Today we look at the reasons why each is beneficial for drivers.

Choose the rubber all-weather floor mats when there is always a mess inside your vehicle. Maybe you work in construction and drag in dirt each time you drive. Perhaps your pets are always filthy, or the kids when coming home from soccer practice. The rubber mats are great for drivers who live in areas that experience longer than normal periods of inclement weather.

The carpet mats are ideal for the driver who doesn't get…

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Automobile Warranties Provide Different Benefits

When warranties are developed, different terms are designed to give motorists financial advantages during maintenance and repair situations. If you need help selecting a warranty that will provide benefits on the road, you can simplify the scouting process by considering your driving habits.

A powertrain warranty is a practical choice for a sporty car that's driven regularly, as it will cover the main engine hardware and transmission components. If you drive a vehicle around Hickory on long roads, this warranty will help you protect all of the key hardware that powers the wheels...

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What's the Difference Between Front- and Rear-Wheel Drive Vehicles?

Most vehicles either have the front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive, while some also have the option of having all-wheel drive. To know which type to buy, you need to understand your own driving habits and how you will use the vehicle you buy and drive in Hickory.

Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a more solid design, which allows them to take more abuse on bumpy roads and in unusual circumstances. They also provide better balance and handling, except in the snow where it's easy to get stuck. A front-wheel drive vehicle is easier to handle when in snowy conditions.

 

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Learn How to Properly Test Your Car's Battery

Testing your car battery is simple if you have the right tool and understand how to use it safely. What do you need to check your car battery at home? All you need is a simple voltmeter and the advice from Hendrick Honda Hickory!

Turn off the headlights and the ignition before testing the car battery. You will need a voltmeter to get an accurate reading, but before connecting to battery, make sure to use a wire brush on battery terminals to clear corrosion and to make a clean connection. 

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It it Time for Brake Pedal Service?

If you notice that your brake pedal just isn't working the way it normally does or the way you think it should be, rest assured that our team of knowledgeable and professional technicians can take a look and figure out if there is an issue. Some of the most common complaints we see when it comes to your brake pedal includes:

  • A pedal that feels like it is loose when you press down upon it
  • A pedal that is making odd noises when compressed 
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Stop Your Car from Vibrating with an Alignment

A vibrating steering wheel while driving your car is a sure sign that there are problems with your wheel alignment. At Hendrick Honda Hickory, we will service your vehicle if you have a bumpy ride, putting your wheels back into alignment once again.

Take a good look at your tires. The tread should wear evenly around the tire. If the wear is on just the inside or outside of your tire, there are issues with your alignment. It's not difficult to get your tires aligned, and it's important to get the work done on your vehicle before you…

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Practice Proper Headlight Maintenance

Your vehicle's headlights need to be bright, clear, and in good condition. It is important to maintain them and inspect them often. It only takes a few minutes and is important for safe driving. Headlights are very strong, but sometimes they can crack, break, or chip. Depending on the vehicle, replacing a headlight can be as simple as lifting the hood and unbolting, or it may be more complicated and involved removing the front bumper.

If the headlamp is in good condition and only needs a new light bulb, the bulb can usually be replaced using common household tools…

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Do You Understand the Importance of Horsepower?

Horsepower is a term that most people are familiar with. It simply is a way to measure the amount of power a particular vehicle has in regard to its ability to run an engine. You can find out all of the horsepower details at Hendrick Honda Hickory on any vehicle of your choice.

The history of how this definition came about is very interesting. James Watt, the famous inventor during the 18th century, was looking for a way to sell his steam engines. He was studying ponies which were transporting coal from a coal mine. He deduced that one pony…

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Always Be Prepared for Rough Winter Conditions

Having a bag of sand, salt, or litter in your vehicle can save you one day. If you ever get stuck when driving in the winter, you need traction to get out. Your mats will work somewhat, but they will normally end up slipping out from under your tires and prove to be quite useless. If you sprinkle sand, litter, or salt down, it will stay put and help you to get going.

It doesn't really matter which one you use, but sand is the best bet out of the three options since it will not corrode your car…

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