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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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When Shopping for a New Vehicle, Take Some Time to Consider an SUV

The SUV has been part of the vehicle market for a number of years now. There are a lot of great benefits to this type of vehicle. So much so, many manufacturers are focusing a large portion of their lineup on the sport utility vehicle. With a compact design, plenty of power under the hood and great safety, the SUV is a vehicle that should be considered as part of the upcoming model year.

Your typical SUV is going to seat anywhere from five to eight passengers. The great thing about the SUV is that it varies from brand to…
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How to Protect Yourself From getting Cheated By A Mechanic

Car mechanics are needed in order to make sure that your vehicle is running well. However, there are a lot of mechanics to watch out for. There are also certain ways that mechanics can cheat you. Fortunately, there are things that you can do in order to lower the chances of being cheated by the mechanic.

One thing you can do that we at Barber Honda recommend is understand the anatomy of your car. One of the most important things is to be able to show any mechanic that you have some kind of knowledge of your vehicle.

Among the…

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How Your Vehicle's Alternator Works

If you have an understanding of the components that make up your vehicle, it can give you a heads up if there is a problem with one of them. Your vehicle's alternator is an important piece of equipment that is needed to help your vehicle function. To learn more about your vehicle's alternator, read our content below.

Your vehicle comes equipped with a starting system. This system includes the battery, starter, and alternator. The alternator's main function is to keep the battery charged when the vehicle is running. In addition, it also keeps electrical components....

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The Definition of Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Motor oil viscosity explains how thick the motor oil is, and it is an important factor when it comes to which type of oil that should be used in your vehicle.

You can find out the viscosity rating by looking on the bottle. A common viscosity rating is 5W-30. If you look at the numbers and letter, the W stands for winter. The number before the W indicates its viscosity in cold temperatures. The number 

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How to Select Your Child's Car Seat

Child car seats are vital equipment for drivers that transport children. Whether on a daily or occasional basis, drivers must ensure that children have the right type of seat and that it is properly installed. To be effective, children must use the car seat whenever they ride in the vehicle.

Bakersfield drivers know that they must match the type of car seat to the child's age, weight, and size. Infants and toddlers need the highest level of protection or their heads, necks, and spines. Despite the most careful selection, manufacturers sometimes discover problems with car seats 
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Understanding the Towing and Payload Capacity of Your Truck

Mixing up the meanings of payload and towing capacity could cause you to overload your truck and cause damage to its chassis, frame, suspension, or tires. Barber Honda will help you understand how much weight your truck can carry and how much it can tow.

The payload rating of a truck measures how much weight can be placed in the bed and cab of the vehicle. It is calculated from the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and the strength of the frame. The payload capacity is generally far less than the towing capacity, which is a measure of how much weight…

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Know How Bad A Scratch Is Before Attempting To Apply Touch Up Paint

Taking care of your car requires paying attention to details. This means details on the inside and the outside. There is nothing more frustrating than coming across a new scratch, ding, or dent. This is especially true if a chip in the paint happens. For minor chips, it is not always necessary to take your vehicle into a Bakersfield shop for a complete exterior overhaul. Using touch up car paint is a DIY project that many people can accomplish.

Always choose the color of paint that matches your car’s color code. This code can be found next to a…
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How to Get Through a Roadside Emergency

A roadside emergency can be a stressful situation. The first step to getting through such an event is to make sure that you are safe. This means either pulling to the side of the road or getting as far from the car and traffic as possible.

An emergency situation may also be easier to handle if you are familiar with the tools available to you. For example, knowing how to use a jack can reduce the time it takes to change a flat tire. Having a cellphone with you makes it possible to call for a tow truck or otherwise…

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Why Buy A Crossover?

When SUV's first hit the market they were known for consuming a lot of gas. While you could find one that would be relatively efficient when it came to the sticker price, you ended up spending a lot on the ongoing fuel costs. Currently, there are crossover vehicles on the market that are very efficient. You get a lot of the same features that you will find in many of the SUV's on the market. However, you get the great efficiency of a sedan. Depending on what manufacturer you prefer, there is likely an option for you to…
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