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Maintain the Belts and Hoses to Protect Your Vehicle from Major Repair

You know that you need to maintain your vehicle to ensure that it will work for years to come, and there are a few belts and hoses that will likely need replacement during the lifetime of your vehicle. Belts and hoses serve a variety of purposes, and if they're worn out, you could damage other parts of the car. Here are a couple of the most important types of hoses and belts that you should have checked.

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A Well-Running Suspension is the Key to a Smooth Ride

Have you ever experienced a particularly bumpy ride in your vehicle or someone else's? When your suspension wears out, you can have a rough experience as the driver or as the passenger. There are a couple of parts that commonly wear out and a few reasons that your suspension might not be in tip-top shape.

 
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What a Car Alternator Does

Your alternator has a big job. When your alternator is working well, your battery is charged, and your electronics work correctly. With a failing alternator, your lights may be dim, and the power to run your vehicle may be low. If you ignore the problem, you can be left without power all of a sudden.

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Why Use a Clay Bar When Detailing?

Informed car owners detail their cars to maximize value. That is why we here at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda want to be sure you recognize the importance of using a clay bar to detail the exterior of your car.

The main purpose of using a clay bar is to remove the grime, debris and other contaminants from the finish of your car. If too many of these contaminants remain in the finish of your car, it can quickly erode away the finish and paint which will greatly decrease the value of your vehicle if you should ever choose to…

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Which Tire is Better, Summer or All-Season?

Being as informed as possible about your car helps you to make better decisions when the time comes to replace your tires. It can also help to save you money in the long run.

Despite the name, all-season tires can underperform in certain weather conditions. There are times when summer tires are actually the better choice. During warm weather, summer tires can provide superior handling in rainy conditions. They also outperform other tires on scorching pavement. 

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Roadtrip Games That Will Entertain the Kids for Miles

Keeping the kids busy without them needing mobile devices is easy with these simply roadtrip games. With the License Plate Game, the kids have to identify different states based on the license plates of cars passing you by on the road. The first child to yell out the state gets to mark it down, and either the first to 50 states or the most states at a certain time is the winner.

The I’m Going on a Picnic game is more of a mental challenge because you have to memorize a growing string of picnic items. One player calls…

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Tips for Taking a Roadtrip on a Budget

Not every road trip you take has to break the bank, so to speak. Here are a few ways you can cut down on costs and still have a memorable time on the road.

Instead of stopping at every restaurant on the way when the passengers get hungry, purchase a cheap cooler and fill it with a variety of cold cuts and condiments. When everyone gets hungry, stop at a park or rest area, and make a picnic out of the time. Everyone gets to stretch their legs and it won't cost you anything more. 

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Why Having a Roadside Emergency Kit in Your Vehicle is Important

Having a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle will enable you to make repairs or get the vehicle safely off the road until help arrives. Road flares can be helpful in alerting other motorists you might be stuck off the side of the roadway making repairs to your vehicle.

Jumper cables will allow just about any motorist to pull over and help you jump-start your vehicle. A flashlight with plenty of spare batteries means you can work in the dark to get your vehicle repaired or to help flag help.

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What to Spot When your Brake Pedal Needs Repairing

The brake pedal is one of the most important functioning parts of your vehicle. It should perform reliably to ensure that drivers are able to brake in emergency situations. When that ability is limited, the car and the driver may be in danger. However, prevention can be easy when you know what to watch out for.

One of the biggest warning signs to spot for a damage brake pedal is bad wheel cylinder performance. When corrosion within the wheel cylinder occurs, brake fluid may leak, which can result in performance issues on the road. A worn master cylinder may also…

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