The Unique Features of Summer Tires

It's surprising to some to hear that summer tires actually perform better in wet conditions than all-weather tires. At Helena Honda, we can explain the different designs of tires and help you choose a set that fits your driving needs.

Summer tires are often called performance tires because of the sticky additives in the rubber that increase their grip. They are made of a stiffer rubber than all-weather tires and have shallower tread grooves. 

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How to Use a Clay Bar to Detail Your Car

You can have a much cleaner and shinier car if you start using a clay bar to detail your car. The process is not that much difficult, and there are only a few ingredients to this process.

To clay your vehicle, you will need a clay bar and some clay lube to get started. Divide the bar into three or four pieces. Make each clay piece about the size of your four fingers, besides the thumb. Apply clay lube to small parts of your car. 

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Important Tips for Reducing Distracted Driving

The instances of distracted driving accidents appear to be rising each year. Reduce the chance of you becoming a part of the statistics by taking some of these precautions, as suggested by the Helena Honda sales team.

Stop using the rear-view mirror in the car to finish up your grooming needs as you run late in the morning. Get up earlier and finish at home - don't use the car as your bathroom. Leave the hair combing, applying of makeup, and using lip gloss, for when you are safe inside your house and not driving your car. 

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What Information Can You Get From a Vehicle History Report?

A vehicle history report can be obtained for any vehicle that comes with a VIN number. The information that you can obtain from this report is important, especially if you are contemplating buying a new-to-you vehicle. You can find out all kinds of things from the vehicle history report, including:

  • Whether the vehicle was deemed to be a lemon at any point
  • Past maintenance performed on the vehicle
  • The accident history of the vehicle, and the extent of the damage 
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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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