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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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Avoiding Paint Damage From Road Salt

Road salt is a useful way to make driving in winter a bit safer because it makes it more difficult for ice patches to form on surfaces. However, road salt can do lasting damage to your car if you let it sit on the paint for too long. Rust patches will follow.

If you notice a white or grey film on your car's paint after a winter storm, this is probably leftover road salt. Take your car to be washed right away, but make sure that the temperature is above freezing so that you do not harm the exterior…
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Rodents Can Cause Damage to Your Vehicle. Take Appropriate Steps to Keeping Them Away.

If you suspect that a rodent has been making its way into your vehicle, you may notice rodent droppings, fur or other items in your vehicle. If you would like to ensure those rodents don't come back, there are some simple products and tips that you can utilize to prevent infestations.

It is actually very common for rodents to get into your vehicle. There are lots of possible points of entry. Luckily, there are products that deter them. Special traps can be safely used inside of your vehicle....
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How to Make Your Winter Survival Kit

Breaking down on the highway or having a home disaster in the winter can be bad enough, but it’s even worse when you’re not prepared. While there may not be a way to properly prepare for these disasters, having an emergency winter survival kit can determine how you get through it all. Stop at Barber Honda, and let us offer you some tips on putting together a winter survival kit.

An emergency winter survival kit should include water, food that won’t spoil, blankets, first aid kit, fire extinguisher, cell phone charger, flashlight, batteries, tire gauge, portable air…
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How to Respond to a Recall

From time to time, car manufacturers (or the NHTSA) will issue a recall. At Barber Honda, we’re dedicated to helping you with a recall in Bakersfield. When a recall is issued, it is because there is some kind of safety concern with particular models and model years.

Some recalls are mandatory while others are voluntary. You will, usually, get a postcard or letter in the mail stating that your vehicle has been affected by the recall. However, if you don’t, you will be alerted that there is a recall on your vehicle the next time you bring it…
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