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Are You Considering a Hatchback? Here's Why You Should

Have you ever considered a hatchback? If you've been thinking about buying a car, you should consider one. And at Helena Honda, we want you to make a decision that will work for you that's based on a knowledgeable opinion. That's why we've put together a list of some of the most common reasons to buy a hatchback.

First of all, many people actually think that a hatchback is sleeker than a sedan. Indeed, hatchbacks have come a long way since the 70s and 80s, and they look better than ever before. Also, hatchbacks offer so…

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Tips for Your Next Test Drive

Test driving many vehicle that match your needs will give you a good idea of performance. Here are a few tips when comparing test drives. For starters, have a basic idea about the type of vehicle you are looking for. When you find one you are interested in, get in and see if it is comfortable. Start the motor and listen to the idle. Is it loud or smooth? Work the blinker, wiper blades, and windows before heading out.

When you are ready to hit the road, be sure to drive it up to speed on a freeway. Does it…

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Car Acting Up? Here's What You Need to Know About Transmissions

If you're a car owner, you understand just how important things like regular oil changes and maintenance appointments are, but have you been taking care of your car's transmission? Transmission fluid, like oil, needs to be changed on a regular basis. Here's why.

Transmission fluid helps keep your car's transmission in working order. The fluid helps to lubricate and cool your transmission. It also works to keep your transmission clean. Unfortunately, over time, your transmission fluid's additives will deplete, leaving it prone to problems and breakage. 

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Separate Myth vs. Fact in Auto Service

If you have ever wondered whether you need to go to the mechanic at 3,000 miles to get your oil changed, then you probably felt like something wasn't right. The truth is that you probably don't need to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. It's recommended that you do by some service professionals, but typically, newer cars and engine oils can last up to 7,000 miles or more.

In addition, the W in the grade of the oil doesn't stand for weight like most people think. It actually stands for the viscosity…

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Warning Signs the Fuel Pump is Failing

If there is trouble brewing with the fuel pump in your vehicle, pay very close attention for one of the following signs:

  1. You feel the vehicle surging as you are traveling at high speeds when the fuel pump is failing, almost like someone is depressing the accelerator. The RPM gauge is usually all over the place.
  2. When you are towing or hauling a heaving load, a sign of a bad fuel pump is when you experience a significant loss of power.
  3. A clear sign of fuel pump trouble is when the vehicle no longer starts because no gas is getting…
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Understand Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Your motor oil's viscosity rating might seem mysterious, so let's demystify it now. First, let's cover the concept of viscosity. It measures a fluid's resistance to flow. Think of a pitcher of iced tea. If you bump it, the tea will slosh. Therefore, tea and similar beverages are low-viscosity fluids. Conversely, a freshly made milkshake flows much slower than iced tea. Thus, milkshakes are high-viscosity fluids. What does this mean for your motor oil? 

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When You Can Safely Drive with the Tire Pressure Monitor Light Illuminated

A properly working Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) alerts the driver to low or high tire pressures. These alerts should come early enough for you to pull over and observe your tires, and if needed, check the pressure in them. If the system is working as it should, the alert comes early allowing you to inflate or deflate the tire as needed.

Driving with a Tire Pressure Monitor light illuminated without checking your tires is dangerous. You are ignoring a possible condition that may lead to disaster. 

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Learn How to Jump Start Another Car

It happens. You may be out shopping and notice that you cannot get your car started back up to travel home. There's an easy solution - Enlist the help of another motorist with a reliable vehicle to help you jump start your battery.

  • Bring the nose of two vehicles together to jump one battery with another.
  • Find the positive ends to the jumper cables, and attach to the dead battery first and then to the car with the strong battery.
  • Find the negative ends to the jumper cables, and attach to the dead battery first and then to the metal…
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Consider Essential Services for Your Vehicle

Avoiding preventable repair expenses is one of the greatest values that a car owner should hold dear to their heart. However, ensuring your car’s engine and radiator are in good condition takes more than just your thoughts; you’ll need to take your car to a dealer who understands how to carry out service maintenance for your brand.

A safe and efficient car cooling system offers nothing short of comfortable driving. As such, you need a service provider that understands how to treat your engine coolant as per your car’s maintenance schedule. 

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Avoid a Blowout: Inspect Your Tires

As a car owner, you understand the importance of keeping up with routine maintenance to make sure your car is safe for you and your family. One area that is sometimes forgotten is checking your car’s tires. Below are some reasons why it is important to check your tires:

  • Tire Pressure - It is important to check your tire pressure because the wrong tire pressure can lead to uneven wear of your tires, decreased fuel economy, damage to the tires causing them to blow out and cause an accident. 
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