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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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Possible Reasons Your Engine is Overheating

Zipping through the streets of North Charleston can be taxing on a car, especially when something is wrong. This could lead to all sorts of issues, like your engine overheating. At Stokes Honda North, we want you to be aware of common reasons your engine might overheat.

Why Engines Overheat

The following is a list you should consider:
  • There's a leak in the cooling system; sometimes, you can see coolant drip.
  • It's too cold, and the coolant has hardened.
  • Engine oil levels may be too low.
  • The water pump may be malfunctioning, or it may be broken.
Of…
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Protect Your Car From Road Salt

During these harsh winter months, there is a lot of road salt being placed down in order to keep drivers from sliding all over the place. Road salt helps keep the roads safer, but it can cause significant corrosion on your car. Stokes Honda North has some tips to help protect your vehicle from road salt.

The best means of protection against road salt damage is car washing. Make sure to wash your car at least every ten days if the weather is above 40 degrees. Pay special attention to the areas around the wheels, and don't forget to…
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Features of Studless Winter Tires

With winter tires, you are probably wondering what it is that make them so ideal for winter. There are a ton of features that make the winter tires a better thing for the winter than even the studded tires. For one thing, you can maintain traction without causing any damage to the road.

One of the features of studless tires is flexible rubber which make it easier to control on the road. You also get deeper tread depths which allow you to manage all of the snow and the slush as it disperses under the tire. This gives you a…

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Discover How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for Your Vehicle

Stokes Honda North does more than simply sell vehicles, we like to take time to inform our buyers about ways to stay safer on the roads. One way, building a winter survival kit, is easier when you know what essentials should be included.

Be sure to pack a thick blanket in your kit. This will help keep passengers warm if the heat is not working when the car is disabled or out of fuel.

Fill a bag with a few non-perishables. Things like chips, cookies, granola bars, raisins, and a jar of peanut butter, will help with those hungry mouths…
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How Temperature Can Affect a Car Battery

It can often seem overwhelming to learn the intricacies of your car's engine when you're not a mechanic. Even a little bit of knowledge about how your car functions can help you to avoid problems before they become major issues and save you money over the life of your vehicle.

Extremes in climate can cause plenty of problems for engine components. As the source of electric power for your engine, a battery is essential to it functioning properly. Once temperatures plummet below zero, the battery's liquid can freeze, shutting it down and leaving your engine dead...
 

 

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Tips for Finding the Best Mechanic in Your Local Area

If you are in search of a new mechanic to help you with all of your vehicle needs, we're here to help you make the best decision for your investment. Here are some tips that will help you along the journey of finding a good mechanic.?
  • Ask people that you know and trust who they current utilize. Some people might be loyal to a specific location that doesn't necessarily provide the best service, so you will still need to do a bit of research on your own.
  • You can also ask people what shops you should avoid in…
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How to Use a Multimeter on Your Car Battery

There are a number of reasons why you should test your car battery from time to time. If it needs to be replaced, it’s better to know ahead of time. A multimeter is a simple tool that will tell you about the voltage of your battery.

There are two leads on the multimeter. These will connect to the positive and negative cables on the battery once the ignition is off.

The reading on the multimeter will tell you how well the battery is charged. Typically, 12.45 volts is the reading you want to see to show you that…

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How to Change a Flat Tire

Every driver will occasionally experience a flat tire. Instead of feeling helpless at the side of the road, knowing how to change a flat tire is a useful skill that can have you back on the road fast than if you wait for help.

Make sure your vehicle is equipped with a jack, spare tire, lug wrench, tire tools and an emergency flare. Park your vehicle as far away from traffic as possible. Loosen the lug nuts slightly before jacking up your car and then remove the tire completely. Put the spare tire on and perform the process in reverse…

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