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Educate Yourself to Find a Good Mechanic

You're driving along and the "check engine" light comes on. You know you need to take your car for service, but how do you choose the right mechanic? There's a saying that a good mechanic could be worth their weight in gold.

The first step in finding the right mechanic is learning a little bit about your car. You can access basic auto information online. You can find out the meaning of your check engine light and learn what goes into basic auto service.

When it comes time to pick the mechanic, check to see if the technicians…

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Understanding the Basics of a Suspension System

Your vehicle’s suspension system is actually a complex collection of mechanical parts. All of those different components work together to give you full control over your vehicle no matter the terrain. That is why it is so important for all drivers to have a basic understanding of how suspension systems work.

When you are driving on surface streets in Bakersfield, your suspension is going to keep your tires pointing forward until you turn the steering wheel. As soon as you hit a speed bump or pothole, the struts and springs will keep the body of the vehicle relatively still…

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Signs That Your Differential Is Ready to Be Replaced

A properly maintained differential is going to last for years, but major mechanical problems can still happen at any time. Problems with your differential need to be caught early on so that other key components of your vehicle don’t become damaged. Here are a few early warning signs of differential problems that should never be ignored.

As a general rule, your car should be inspected by an experienced mechanic if you ever notice any unusual whirring or grinding noises. Those noises are often the result of a differential that is no longer properly lubricated. You might also notice...

 

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Here is How to Test Your Car's Battery with the Voltmeter

Testing the power of your car's battery is easy if you are using a voltmeter.
  • Before getting the test results, be sure the car engine is turned off and you are wearing protective glasses and gloves.
  • If there are any visible signs of corrosion on the battery terminals, use a small wire brush to create two clean contact points.
  • The voltmeter is simple to use because it only has two cables, red and black.
  • The red cable will be connected to the positive side of the car battery.
  • The black cable goes on the negative side of the battery…
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Maximize The Life Of Your Tires With Regular Rotations

Just about every driver on the road understands that tires do not last forever. As critical as they are to your vehicle's performance and safety, they are basically disposable. A new set of tires is not a cheap prospect, either. So it makes sense that when you put a new set on your vehicle you will want them to last for as long as possible.

The good news is that there are things that you can do to ensure that you get as much out of your tires as you can. For starters, pay close attention to the air…
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Exhaust System Problems

The manifold, catalytic converter, muffler, and tailpipe are known to reduce noise. However, more importantly, the system is responsible for converting harmful gases and eliminating them from the vehicle. If one or more components wear out or become damaged, toxic fumes may enter the vehicle's interior, which poses a threat to occupants. As the gases are colorless and odorless, vehicle owners may not initially be aware of the problem.

Regularly inspecting your exhaust system may head off problems before they become serious. With the engine running, hissing...

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Synthetic Motor Oil

When you have your oil changed at Barber Honda you have the choice between synthetic motor oil or a more conventional option. If you are someone who is not very familiar with the maintenance of vehicles, then you probably don't even know what the difference is. Synthetic oil serves the purpose of acting as a lubricant inside of your vehicle. Synthetic means it is manmade, so it has been created from various chemical compounds. If you were to use something that was more conventional, it would be made of raw resources that are found in the ground.

There are…

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Help You and Your Car Breathe Easier By Changing Filters

All vehicles are equipped with an engine air filter that keeps dirt and particulates from getting into the engine and reducing or impeding its performance. Many vehicles are equipped with cabin air filters. These filters keep dust and pollen in Bakersfield from coming into the interior when the air-conditioner and/or heater are in operation.

It's important that both engine air filters and cabin air filters be changed on a regular basis. Your car's manufacturer will have a schedule for when this needs to be done. If you drive in particularly dusty areas, the filters may...
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Are Your Headlights Working Like They Should?

Even the most conscientious vehicle owners often overlook the efficiency of their headlights. These lights are often taken for granted until they stop working. Many car and truck owners are unaware of upgrades that are available and can give you better visibility at night. Our professionals at Barber Honda can provide you with options such as:

  • Checking to see if your current headlamps are aligned properly or do they need an adjustment.
  • Replacing standard halogen bulbs with HID or LED types for wider and longer distance lighting view.
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What Does It Mean When Your Check Engine Light Comes On?

Obviously, to get your engine checked! There are many reasons why this light has turned on. The light is an indication that there are some issues with your vehicle. The check engine light is a part of the OBD or onboard diagnostics system for your car. The system controls and monitors the performance of your vehicle, and regulates factors like the speed of your engine, the mixture of your fuel and your ignition timing. The OBD can also tell the automatic transmission in your vehicle when to shift.

 

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