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How Many Parts Make Up a Brake System?

The original brake systems were relatively simple in design and use. When depressing the brake pedal, the driver was pushing forward a set of blocks on the forward wheels to create friction to slow, and eventually stop, the vehicle. Since then, many brake designs have been used. Today, the brake system coordinates with the whole of the vehicle for many purposes.

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Schedule Your Vehicle Engine Cooling & Radiator Maintenance

The cooling system in your vehicle has a number of parts that all need to be operating together in order for the engine parts to stay at a certain temperature. These are a few of those parts that will be inspected during the cooling system check-up.

  • The radiator and fan work together to move the engine coolant so it stays at just the right temperature.
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What Causes a Motor to Overheat?

One of the reasons a car’s motor overheats is because the radiator clogs. Dead bugs can plug up a radiator. Sediments and rust can build up inside the radiator also. Another cause of overheating is a broken or slow-moving cooling fan.

There are many components to a vehicle’s cooling system, and all of them need to work at optimum conditions in order to keep the engine from becoming hot. 

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When Should I Replace My Fuel Lines?

If for no other reason than accessibility, fuel lines often run along an exposed path from the fuel tank to the engine. Such fuel lines consist of metal and are pre-bent and flared before installation. The fuel is not the culprit that makes one of these lines spring a leak. The principal reason for leakage in this area is impact. 

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Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Your vehicle isn’t much use to you unless you can see where you’re going. Windshield wiper blades help provide you with that ability by keeping the windshield glass free of rain water, snow, ice, and dirt. With the constant clearing away of the elements, the rubber on the wipers begins to crack and lose effectiveness. They need to be replaced periodically.

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The Importance of Muffler Maintenance

While you may think something like the engine or the tires on your vehicle are most important, the muffler is actually one of the more important parts of your vehicle. Without this as part of your exhaust system, your vehicle would be extremely loud and it would be extremely inefficient. In addition to your muffler and exhaust taking care of the noise levels that your vehicle is producing, your muffler will also contribute to the backpressure that is provided to the engine. 

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Avoid Getting Stranded With Battery Service

Your battery is going to keep your car running well, but only if you take good care of it. Every electronic component of your car depends on the proper functioning of your car battery, yet many people neglect getting the right maintenance done.

If you've had recent trouble starting your car or your battery dies easily, it's time to bring your car to Island Honda to get your battery tested. We can see how powerful your battery is and determine if your battery needs to be replaced or there is a problem with the battery terminals or cable…

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Learn About the Types of Belts Inside Your Vehicle

While a lot of modern engine components are electronics, with computer chips and circuits telling the car what to do, a surprising amount of your vehicle's function is still dependent on belts. Belts help deliver power from one engine component to another or help drive mechanical parts of the vehicle. At Island Honda, we are able to service both types of belts you will see in cars: timing belts and accessory drive belts.

Timing belts help keep the different parts of the motor and drive shaft in sync, ensuring an efficient and smooth running engine. 

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What is Horsepower?

The term horsepower was created by James Watt, who invented a new kind of steam motor in the eighteenth century. He used the term as a means to measure the power of his engine to that of the horses that worked in coal mines. He wanted to sell his engines to a customer base who were used to using real horses to perform their daily work.

Today, the term horsepower remains a unit of measurement to describe the power and capacity of an engine.

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Why 3,000 Miles Is No Longer the Time for Oil Changes

Over the past nearly twenty years, the automobile industry has gone through some pretty revolutionizing changes and key among them is the engine and oil design. Vehicles today are built smarter and use the oil far more efficiently than they ever have in the past.

For most of us, vehicle owners out there the 3,000-mile oil change rule has been the thing to go by, but that is no longer the case. Many manufacturers are recommending oil changes every 7,500 miles or more depending on your driving habits.

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