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Got Chips? Touch Up Paint Can Help

If you love taking care of your vehicle, making sure it has the service car it needs, and driving in style, then dealing with a chip in your vehicle can be stressful. No owner wants to think about the possibility of dealing with chips in the paint of their vehicle, but for many owners, this becomes a real issue. Fortunately, you have options. Here's what you need to know.

Did you know you can purchase and apply touch up paint at home? This is a reasonable way to minimize the appearance of chips in your vehicle's paint. Clean…

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Benefits of Owning a SUV or Crossover

Here at McConnell Honda, we consider it our responsibility to help people who are looking to purchase a new or used car understand the many factors that are in play when purchasing a vehicle. After all, it is a decision that will likely have a significant impact on them for years to come.

One of the most popular segments of the automobile market is the SUV and crossover segment. There are many reasons that this is true, such as having the ability to easily transport many people. If you have a large family, then you are going to need to…

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The Lesson of Back to School Vehicle Service

It is quickly approaching that frenzied time where moms and students everywhere prepare for back to school. Getting the student’s vehicle serviced should be the first thing on the top of the list. If not, it could be a lesson that you do not want to learn.

Back to school time is a great time to schedule vehicle service every year. This is a great way to teach the importance of preventative maintenance and the potential costs of skipping it. Keeping your vehicle in top shape and following the suggested maintenance schedule is one way to help assure that…

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Infotainment Systems: What They Are and Why You Need One

The new buzzword in the automobile industry is infotainment. What is a car's infotainment system and why do you need one? This term is used to describe the vehicle's system for managing a variety of services including navigation, in-car communications, entertainment, music, and more. The information and entertainment features are displayed on a central touchscreen, making it an innovative way to distribute data to the driver. These infotainment systems are compatible with a myriad of applications including Spotify, Pandora, and more.
 

 

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Why Waxing a Car is Important

Some car owners wax, and other don't. Those who don't probably don't think it's really necessary, but waxing actually protects your vehicle.

What wax does is put a barrier between your car and what's outside. The sun's UV rays, pollution, things that blow in the wind and even water can all damage a car's paint. If damaged, at some point you could be looking at the cost of a new paint job. Wax also fills in any cracks, like those caused by micro scratches you can't see. That's another layer of…

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Jump-Starting One Vehicle by Using Another

Before you grab the jumper cables, it is always advised you are wearing protective glasses and work gloves before touching the car battery. To ensure the cables reach, drive the one car as close to the nose of the other car as safely as possible.

Once the jumper cables have been unraveled, you will have a red and black clamp on each end. Start with one red clamp, connect it to the positive side of the charged battery. The other red cable goes to the positive side of battery getting a jump-start. 

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Avoiding Accident by Preventing Blowouts

The biggest source of accidents on the highways of Montgomery, AL - or really anywhere else - are tire blowouts. It’s actually very easy to prevent almost all of these incidents with some easy regular inspections.

Tread

Checking tread is the easiest part. Place a penny in the grooves. If Lincoln’s head mostly vanishes, you’re well within the 4/32" needed for safety.

Front-End Alignment

Your front end can be thrown out of alignment if you hit potholes, curbs or speed bumps. If your car’s pulling in a given direction, see a mechanic immediately. 

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Fuel System Failure

Car owners know how important it is to check how much fuel they have in their cars, but many owners forget how important it is to check the fuel system itself. Like most systems that operate your car, the fuel system needs routine maintenance and if it needs to be serviced there will be signs. Below are two signs that your fuel system is in need of work:
  • Worse Fuel Mileage- Most car owners know how much gas their cars get per mile and use this information to know when to budget for fuel. If you notice that your car…
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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

If you feel a sponginess in the brake pedal when you press down, it may be time to have the brakes checked. There should be some feeling of resistance in the pedal. You want to feel it’s strong enough to stop your car as needed.

There could be one of several reasons why your brakes aren’t functioning as they should. One of them is air in the lines. It can obstruct the fluid from reaching the caliper and forcing it to press the pads and rotors together. Another issue can arise if part of the steel lines has…

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Before You Add Oil, Check the Label

Oil is critical to engine health. These days, it pays to check and double-check before adding oil to your vehicle. The leftover oil in your garage may not be right for your engine. It may be worth talking to your Montgomery mechanic to make sure you are helping, not harming, your automotive investment.

Your car manual will tell you the grade of oil, but it can't tell you which exact blend is best for your vehicle, especially if it is aging. There's regular oil, synthetic, and a blend of the two. Many oils have additives which may not…

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