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Does Tire Pressure Really Matter When You Hear That Ding?

You're driving along, and you hear some sort of alarm or alert coming from your dashboard. Upon inspection, you notice that one of your tire pressure sensors has discovered that one of your tires is not within range of what it should be. Is this really an important situation? Do you have a few days to address the issue? Let's talk more about this.

Tire pressure is very important when it comes to efficiency. When your tire pressure is too low, this could lead to decreased fuel efficiency ratings. You may end up at the gas pump more…
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Compact vs. Full-Size Spare Tires

Is there anything worse than finding out one of your tires is flat? Driving on a "donut" spare and suffering a blowout on the highway could be much worse. Sometimes, drivers do suffer such dangerous blowouts because they don't know the limitations of a compact temporary tire. Perhaps they would be better off with a full-size spare.

A temporary compact spare tire is undersized and requires a massive 60 PSI to inflate. The tire isn't intended for long-term driving. The tire can't handle all speeds and road conditions. Usually, the tire allows for traveling short distances until…

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Get Your Vehicle Ready for Back-to-School Carpooling

Vehicle service is always very important as a way to protect the quality of your vehicle. With kids going back to school soon, you'll want to make sure your vehicle is running efficiently and reliably. Here are some back-to-school service tips from the trusted service technicians here at Honda of Salem.
  • An oil change can help clear out old and dirty oil. This can increase your overall efficiency as well.
  • Check the tire pressure in all four of your tires. A lot of vehicles come with a tire pressure monitoring system, but you'll want to do a double…
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The Downside of Using Winter Tires in Summer

Drivers like you may sometimes consider using winter tires all year. That would only be appropriate if we lived on Antarctica.

At Honda of Salem, we understand cars thoroughly, so we know that each tire model has a specialty. Winter tires drive well in slick, cold conditions. Summer tires handle nimbly on warm, dry pavement. And all-season tires should be forcibly renamed three-season tires. While winter tires are perfect for winter driving, they are below optimal in summer.

Snow tires and ice-rated tires feature tread patterns that fight slickness and find traction where 
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Tire Tread & Pressure Tips

At Honda of Salem, we note that some people do not maintain their tires as well as they should. To heighten your safety as you drive around Salem, we want to educate you about tire care. When you maintain your tires, they last longer, and tire maintenance is easy.

Routinely check your tires' pressure with an air-pressure gauge. Add or reduce air to the air-pressure value recommended in your automobile's manual. Over-inflated tires will poorly distribute your car's weight. Under-inflated tires will make your car handle badly. Both conditions can require early tire replacement.
 

 

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A Matter of Tons: The Differences Between Payload and Towing Capacity

Though your truck may be tough, it still has its limits. It's important to understand these limits to ensure you don't do permanent damage to your truck that could cost thousands to fix. To help understand your truck's limits, we at Honda of Salem offer this explanation of the differences between two of those limits: the payload and towing capacity.


Payload refers to whatever is inside the truck (including the bed) that is not a part of the truck itself. This is a limit that is closely related to the strength of the materials from which the…
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Don't Let Glare Ruin Your Driving

Glare is more than a nuisance to drivers. Even a small amount of glare creates a hazard risk to drivers. Taking steps to reduce glare should be something responsible drivers do.

A dirty or cracked windshield contributes to glare immensely. Make sure the glass is clean. In addition to cleaning it yourself, be sure to take the vehicle to a car wash at least once a week for regular service. And repair any damage to the windshield without delays. Avoid DIY repairs if you aren't capable.

Keep a pair of sunglasses in the car. If the sun ends up…

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Flat Tire Replacement Tips

The occasional flat tire is part of the driving experience. At Honda of Salem, we want to prepare you to easily handle situations we all encounter on the road, so let's cover flat tire replacement tips.

If a tire goes flat with your car in motion, turn on your flashers. Slow your car. Proceed cautiously. You must find firm, level ground before you stop. Remove your spare tire from your trunk, then properly place your jack. Before raising your car, loosen each lug nut on your flat tire's wheel a half turn. This will help you quickly remove…
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Learning How to Share the Road with Bicyclists

Salem is full of bicyclists sharing the road with drivers. This means drivers need to rethink the way they drive to keep bicyclists safe. The following are a few things you can do to increase safety.

No Dooring

You have probably seen someone open a car door in a movie or TV show and hit a passing bicyclist. This may sound funny, but it can seriously hurt someone. You need to check your mirrors and blind side before opening your car door. It may also be a good idea to open the door slowly.

Safe Distance

It is important that…
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Tackling Road Salt Residue

If you live in an area where winter weather is a reality, then the sight of road salt residue on your car is probably an unwelcomed and unfamiliar one. While you can be proactive in having wax protector applied to the paint before a storm, you should still remove the road salt residue from your car as fast as you can to prevent rust.

The caveat is that you should not try to wash road salt off your car while the temperature is still freezing. This will only hurt the paint. Carefully open and inspect each car door to make…
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