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Keeping Your Car's Brakes in Top Shape

At Stokes Honda North we think every car owner should be familiar with braking systems. Brakes should always operate at maximum efficiency to prevent accidents. Here is some helpful information about brakes for drivers in North Charleston.

Brakes consist of an assortment of large and small parts. All of these parts must work together in order for brakes to function properly. The brake pads, rotors, and lines for carrying brake fluid are independent parts, but they affect one another. Failing to replace worn brake shoes can damage the rotor. A fluid leak can compromise the whole system. 

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Keep Your Vehicle’s Transmission in Good Working Order

As its name would suggest, an automotive transmission is responsible for transferring the power created by the engine to the wheels so that the vehicle can move. This makes the transmission one of the most important parts of any car, truck or van.

The internal workings of a transmission are lubricated and pressurized with a specially formulated fluid. This fluid should be checked regularly to ensure that it remains at the proper level and must be changed out periodically at an interval recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer.

 

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Overview of Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

If you're like most people, you've heard of a timing belt but may not specifically understand what role it plays in the operation of your vehicle. A timing belt is designed to control the operation of the camshaft and crankshaft in an engine. The crankshaft works to manage the workings of an engine's pistons. Meanwhile, the camshaft opens and closes an engine's valves.

Your vehicle owner's manual will set forth information about when the timing belt needs to be replaced. The failure to replace the timing belt in a timely manner can result in it…

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Why Does the Pressure in Your Tires Matter? Let's Look Closely

Many vehicles now come equipped with tire pressure sensors in all four of the wheels. This system is designed to monitor the amount of pressure that is within your tires. If one or more tire has too much or too little pressure, you'll get some sort of alert when you start your car. Some people choose to ignore these alerts for some time, before addressing the issue. It's actually quite important that you take care of this issue immediately, and here's why:
  • Tire pressure is incredibly important when it comes to the quality of your tire. An…
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Comparing the Differences Between a Compact Temporary Tire and a Full-Size Variety

Replacing a worn-out spare tire in your vehicle poses a couple of different options to select from. Depending on the make and model of vehicle that you have, your decision may already be made up for you. If you have options, here are your two main types of spare tires.

A compact temporary is something you'll usually find in the trunk of a sedan. It's essentially a miniature version of your regular tire. You'll need to head to a service center quickly if you have one of these on your vehicle.

The full-size spare is great for…
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Which Auto Suspension Parts Get Replaced?

Your vehicle is supported by a suspension system that consists of dozens of connected components. Rigid springs with a coiled configuration minimize linear and lateral movement of the chassis. Shock absorbers also dampen harsh vibrations that would otherwise cause significant deformations in the chassis. Oil and pressurized air operate on cyclical hydraulic mechanisms inside the shock absorbers.

A modern suspension system also includes small parts that facilitate the movement of other larger installations. 
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Getting Ready for Tailgating Season

It's time to pack up your vehicle and head to your local stadium lot! Preseason football has begun, which means that you'll be able to enjoy tailgating soon enough. Now is the time to make sure that you have everything you need. Here are some of our favorite items that we keep on hand.
  • There's nothing that kicking back with some tasty football food. You need to have all your serving items on hand in order to streamline this process. Pack up a small tote with all of the plates, utensils and napkins you'll need for…
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How to Clean Your Tires

Tire maintenance is an often-overlooked task related to keeping your vehicle operating at its most efficient level. Fortunately, it's a fairly easy job that can be taken care of at home. If you have any questions, we'd be happy at Stokes Honda North to offer recommendations.

The first thing you'll do is to use a cleaner designed for tires and wheels. Most cleaners should work on most tires and wheels, but if you have a specialized product, make sure your cleaner 
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Tire Care Tips: Tread & Pressure

When it comes to tires, Stokes Honda North knows how efficient tires look, drive, and feel. It is vital for your tires to be carefully examined regularly to prolong your tires’ lifespan. Maintaining your tires regularly also helps your vehicle get the best performance.

One factor that can damage tires is having an improper inflation. Some tires have a low tire pressure, while other tires’ pressure could be too high. If you notice that your tire’s pressure is low, feel free to put some air in it. Be sure that your tire’s pressure is not too high. When…
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Share the Road, Please

While we sell vehicles at Stokes Honda North that can make you feel like you own the road, we ask you to please share it with bicyclists. Whether you mostly drive around North Charleston or another area, please read our tips for sharing the road.

When you drive on roads that have bike lanes, routinely check those lanes for potential cyclists. Even with bike lanes present, bike riders can ride in your lane. While you may pass them, do not cruise beside a cyclist. Our nation's lanes are simply too narrow. Only pass with care. Never impede other motorists…
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