Sheehy Honda Blog in Alexandria, VA

Using Compact Spare Tires

Nearly every new car has a spare tire. Automakers often choose compact spares for their latest models. The compact spares save space; small tires are about half the size of a standard tire. When in use, compact spares do not operate like full-sized tires. The small size interferes with ABS systems, speedometers, and traction controls.

Alexandria drivers know the importance of spare tires. Flats can occur at any time. When the spare is a compact tire, then drivers must move quickly to repair or replace the flat. The compact spare is only temporary; the automakers design them to get 

 

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Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement Important Facts

The rubber of the wiper blades on your car wear faster than you might even realize. Here are a few things to consider about the longevity of those windshield wiper blades.

The rubber elements that make up the windshield wiper blades will break down because of oxidation or just from being exposed to the sun. Even the movement back and forth across the glass windshield is slowly wearing away at the flexibility of those wiper blades.

Once the rubber ends of the wiper blades become stiff and brittle, this is when it becomes more challenging to see clearly out of…
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Tips for Installing Child Car Seats

Child safety seats are a common part of the American landscape as their usage tremendously reduces the risk of death or injury in a car accident. The key to their usage is proper installation, and while placing one in the back seat of your vehicle can be intimidating, it won't be if you follow a few steps.

Take your time and thoroughly read through the manufacturer's instructions and make sure you understand them. Next, take a look at your vehicle's manual to see if it gives you any tips about installing car seats. If you have dedicated…

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How to Debadge Your Car

Customizing a vehicle can truly make it your own instead of just another car off of the assembly line.

One of the biggest ways to do this is by debadging your car. In order to debadge your car, you must first use either hot water or a hair dryer to loosen the adhesive on your car. Then, you can spray additional adhesive remover to the side of your vehicle which should allow the badge to be safely removed. Finish by applying a coat of car way to the vehicle and it may appear as if there was never a badge…
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Year-round Tailgate Essentials

Whether using the vehicle for work or play, it should contain a number of essentials to meet the needs in a variety of situations. All vehicles should be equipped with basic tools that include jumper cables, screwdrivers and wrenches to accomplish a simple repair task. Other necessary items include first aid kit, a flashlight, cleansing wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, sunscreen, a poncho and trash bags.

During the winter, vehicles should also have warm blankets, one or more small fuel cans, water and snacks. When planning a tailgate BBQ or picnic, you want to take...

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Understanding the Towing and Payload Capacity of a Truck

There are two rating associated with how much weight a truck can carry: Payload and towing. The two ratings refer to the different ways a load can be carried, and understanding the differences between them is important to keeping your truck free from damage.

The towing capacity describes the amount of weight that can be towed by a hitch attached to the bed of a truck or the frame below the bumper. This weight is generally more than the payload rating, which is the weight of the cargo carried in the cab and bed of the truck. Trying to put…

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It's Time for Back-to-School Service on Your Vehicle

Getting your vehicle to a service center as the school year is about to start so the mechanic can inspect the cooling system is the best way to avoid any potential overheating issues.

The mechanic will carefully check to see that all the belts and hoses are in peak working condition. the hose clamps will be check for rust, and the belts checked to ensure they are tight enough to power those parts.

The water pump will be checked for leaks, same with the thermostat housing. If the thermostat were to fail, it will not be able to regulate the…
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2018 Honda Odyssey vs 2018 Toyota Sienna vs. Chrysler Pacifica: Safety Test


See how well the Chrysler Pacifica and Toyota Sienna stack up against the Honda Odyssey in the IIHS safety tests!

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When it comes to choosing your next family vehicle, you want it to be comfortable, stylish, affordable and overall safe. At Honda, we understand that you and your passengers’ safety is the number one priority for most families when choosing their next car, which is why we are constantly improving the structure, body and overall…
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Hatchbacks: Why Buy?

Different vehicles provide different features. What might be really great for one driver isn't necessarily what someone else would want in a vehicle. One feature that is often preferred by many shoppers is a hatchback trunk style. This is a practical option that provides plenty of space, access and practicality. Let's take a closer look at some of the benefits of a hatchback:
  • Hatchbacks actually increase the fuel efficiency ratings for a vehicle.
  • A hatchback will actually provide a higher resale value when it comes time to find something else.
  • You get a much sportier look overall with…
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