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Should You Pay Attention to Your Tire Pressure Monitor?

As part of routine maintenance for your vehicle, your tires should be monitored regularly to make sure that they have the appropriate amount of air in them, they have a good amount of tread on them and they are wearing down evenly. If your tires are in good shape and all of a sudden you notice that your tire pressure light has illuminated on your dashboard, something is going on that warrants a quick check.

In addition to common problems like your tires needing air, there are some other issues that could be occurring. 

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How to Jump Start a Dead Car Battery

The Honda service professionals here at Gillman Honda of Houston understand that no one likes hearing that dreaded click indicating the car battery is dead. Unless you know how to do it, you could damage the electrical system of your vehicle attempting to jump start it. These tips can help.

  1. Check to make sure the battery cables are fitting tightly. If not, maybe tightening them will get the car to start again.
  2. If jump starting the vehicle is the only answer, make sure you have access to a vehicle with a charged battery and some jumper cables. 
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Understanding the Mechanics Behind a Timing Belt

The timing belt is an integral part of an internal combustion engine. It is also called a timing chain or cambelt. The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the rotation of the camshaft with the crankshaft.

The purpose behind a timing belt is to ensure that an engine's valves operate in a proper manner. The timing belt operates to open and close valves with each cylinder's intake and exhaust. As a general rule, a timing belt is what commonly is described as a toothed belt. In other words, it is a type of drive belt with teeth located…

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What Is Motor Oil Viscosity?

Motor oil is the lifeblood of any engine. It keeps all the moving parts from grinding against each other and causing irreparable damage. When you buy motor oil for a car, you might notice a variety of viscosity ratings like 0W-20 or 10W-40. What does that mean?

One of the difficulties with motor oil is the wide temperature range engines start and operate at. In cold weather, motor oil needs to be thin enough to allow the engine to start. At high operating temperatures, the oil needs to be thick enough to provide lubrication. The two numbers in viscosity ratings…

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Always Slow Down and Move Over to First Responders

In a staggering statistic, 150 law enforcement officials have lost their lives since 1997 at the hands of motorists who struck them. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund keeps track of these incidents, and believe if more drivers were aware of the Move Over law, these fatalities could have been avoided.

Mason Dixon Polling & Research conducted a national poll concerning the Move Over law, and it was revealed that 71 percent of all drivers in the US have no idea what this law is. Since the law is on the books in all 50 states, this number is truly…

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The Importance of Brake Service in Houston, TX

Brakes are among the most important safety components of your car. Making sure that your brakes stay in top working order at all times is one of the best ways to ensure the safety of you and your occupants.

Although modern cars' braking systems are designed to last many times longer than systems of just a few decades ago, it is still crucial to stay on top of maintenance. While there are no set rules as to how often brake pads, calipers and rotors should be replaced; it is generally wise to have your brakes checked out at least once…

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Newer cars mean fewer oil changes

People that are tired of having to spend their day off getting their oil changed will be happy to know that vehicles that have been built within the past couple of decades can go anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 miles without needing an oil change. The technology of oil has advanced to a point to where formulated blends of oil can resist thermal breakdown that normally occurred to older oils. These oils can stay resilient for a great deal longer in normal driving conditions...
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Protect Your Visibility With Windshield Wiper Fluid

Keeping your car's windshield clean is quite important if you want to avoid accidents on the road. Your visibility behind the wheel is one of the biggest considerations when it comes to road safety. Thankfully, your windshield wipers are designed to keep your glass clean and preserve your visibility.

There are some drivers, however, who think it is OK to substitute water for windshield wiper fluid once it runs out. This can be both frustrating and dangerous because of water's higher freezing point. If it turns to ice in the reservoir, then it can no longer keep the…
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