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Know When to Service Your Coolant System

It is important to keep an eye on your coolant system to make sure that you always have enough coolant. Every few years it is a good idea to have a coolant system flush at Barber Honda to ensure that coolant is flowing well throughout the entire engine. It is also important that you stop the engine immediately if your vehicle starts to overheat to avoid engine failure.

So how do you identify coolant system problems? Here are a few obvious symptoms:

  • Coolant leaking out onto the ground
  • Warning indicator light on dash
  • Temperature gauge in the red
  • Engine smoking…
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A Damaged Timing Belt Can Destroy Your Car's Engine

Our dealership wants to make you know the function and importance of your car's timing belt. The timing belt is responsible for keeping your vehicle's crankshaft and camshaft rotating at a synchronized rate. If the belt fails, your engine will shut down and can become damaged. This can lead to you being stranded on the side of the road and paying an expensive repair bill.

Your owner's manual will advise you on how often your timing belt should be changed, but it's usually between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. If you hear any high-pitched shrieking…

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What Does Oversteering And Understeering Mean?

What does oversteering or understeering mean? These terms refer to the sensitivity that a specific vehicle has to its steering. Understeering happens when the car does not steer as much as what the driver has intended. Oversteering is the opposite and means that the car steers more then what is intended by the driver.

Lateral Acceleration and steering angle are what determines both of these types of outcomes. Understeering seems to be a characteristic of a front-wheeled drive. The wheels seem to continue going straight even though the driver has turned the steering wheel to turn. 

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A Basic Intro to Synthetic Oil

Motor oil is essential to the overall health and longevity of your engine. It's basically an engine lubricant enhanced with additives. The additives keep your engine running smoothly during your daily commute through Bakersfield. Synthetic oil is an entirely man-made alternative that serves the exact same function, but it consists of different components.

Motor Oil and Synthetic Oil: Close Cousins

Motor oil consists of petroleum products derived from crude oil. Additives enhance motor oil's viscosity, which cause it to coat engine parts in a lubricating film. 

 

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Selecting Between a Compact Temporary Spare Tire and a Full-Size Spare Tire for Your Vehicle

When you purchase a vehicle, you take on the responsibility of maintaining all aspects of your vehicle. Even if you haven't experienced a flat tire recently, you may need to check on the spare tire that you have in your vehicle. If you don't have one at all or need to replace it, you have the choice between two different tire options.

One option for a spare tire is a compact temporary tire that is small in size. It's much slimmer than your average tire. While it can replace a flat tire, it can't be driven…
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Back to School Driving - What Your Car Needs

With another school year about to start, students and parents are busy arranging transportation to and back from school. Every member of our team at Barber Honda wants to help you get ready for the start of a new school year by ensuring your vehicle has everything it needs and is in good condition. We also have some helpful tips to make the commute as safe as possible.
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• Make sure you have emergency supplies (tool kit, spare tire, jack, emergency kit, flashlight) in the trunk.
• Make sure all scheduled recommended services are completed on the car. Use your owner’s…
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These Are The Signs That Your Exhaust System Could Have A Problem

Making sure our customer in Bakersfield know how to take care of their cars is something we strive to achieve at Barber Honda. This is why we are providing information on how to spot issues with a car's exhaust system.

The exhaust system is a critical component of a car that removes harmful gases from the car's engine and releases it outside via a tailpipe. Spotting the signs of a leaky exhaust can help car owners save money on repairs and prevent inconvenience.

 

 

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Finding the Right Brush For Wheels and Tires

In order to properly clean your vehicle, you are going to need a bunch of different tools. Different parts of the vehicle are going to have different tools built for adequate cleaning of the part. Therefore, you want to use the right tools in order to not only clean one part of the vehicle, but avoid damaging the other parts.

For the wheels, you want brushes that have feathered bristles. This is to avoid any scratching. For one thing, the wheels are designed to be really attractive looking. With scratches, the look of the wheels are ruined.

With the tires…

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Figuring Out Why Your Car is Overheating

People who have been driving for years have probably seen at least one car overheating. The car parks on side of the highway with smoke coming out of the hood. This is a major problem that could have a number of causes that you need to know about.

Why is the Car Overheating?

It is obvious that your car is not able to maintain its cool anymore, but one must figure out why this is happening. The following are some causes:

Leaks

Leaks can be the root of overheating problems. These leaks are not always easy to find, and they…
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Learn How to Replace a Flat Tire

We are auto experts at Barber Honda, and we believe every driver in Bakersfield should know how to change a flat. The following tips can help you quickly and safely swap tires.

When you realize you have a flat tire, you should reduce your speed, engage your flashers and proceed to a level, firm parking spot. Once you stop your car, locate your spare tire, jack and lug wrench. In many cars, the lug wrench is part of the jack set. You will have an easier time loosening the flat's lug nuts if you start them before raising the…
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