Sheehy Honda Blog in Alexandria, VA

Get the Facts on Preventing Engine Overheating

Although overheating is usually associated with the hot temperatures of summer, engine overheating can occur at any time of year. Keep reading to learn more about the causes behind this commonly encountered automotive problem, and be sure to stay on top of your vehicle’s regular maintenance schedule by consulting your owner’s manual and contacting Sheehy Honda for a service appointment.

An engine is designed with a built-in cooling system that consists of thermometers to monitor temperature, hoses and pumps to circulate coolant and a radiator to disperse heat from the engine. 

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Are You Interesting in Refinancing or Trading In Your Car?

"What should I do with my car?" Even owners thrilled with their vehicle ask this question when age and mileage reach a certain point. Owners may wonder if they should trade in the vehicle, or if they should refinance the model to make ownership less costly. These two approaches are radically different from one another.

Trading in the vehicle means you wish to use "cash in" on the vehicle's value when buying a new car. When the dealer assesses the trade-in value at, say, $2,000, the dealer deducts that amount from the loan price. People usually trade their…

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Protecting Your Car from Winter Salt Corrosion

Salt is used in the winter on the roads to help reduce the buildup of ice. The team at Sheehy Honda wanted to help educate our audience to the damage that the salt can have on your vehicle if it is not removed often.

Avoid driving through large puddles of standing water because salt will collect there. As you ride through, the water splashes to the undercarriage, and the salt basically binds itself to the metal surfaces. This can cause those metal parts to rust and cause mechanical issues moving forward.

 

 

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Sheehy Honda Helps Good Shepherd Housing

Every year we participate in the Sheehy Auto Stores’ Annual Giving Campaign by choosing a charity in our community to help. This year we decided to support Good Shepherd Housing by donating $7,500 to this amazing organization that’s goal is to minimize homelessness in the Northern Virginia area.

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Keep Your Children Safer With LATCH

We know that the safety of our smallest passengers are of the utmost importance at Sheehy Honda. That's why we make it a priority to help parents understand the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system in all our vehicles. This system was designed to improve the functioning of forward-facing child restraints above and beyond the system of buckling the car seats into the vehicle.

Although studies time and again show that LATCH is more effective in keeping children safer in car crashes, the usage of these systems can vary from car to car. As a result, a…
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Keeping Rodents Away From Your Car

Regardless of what type of car you own, there is a good chance that rodents are trying to make their way through the engine area. This can be quite dangerous, especially since some rodents can be as large as a softball. There is, however, an action you can take to prevent rodents from accessing or even wanting to access your vehicle.

The main action you can take is to invest in rodent tape. This tape can usually be purchased at any major retailer, and it is as thick and strong as electrical tape. What makes this...

 

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Help Us Support Our Local Hockey Moms

Come donate used hockey equipment to support our local youth hockey players from now until March 26th!

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At Sheehy Honda we want to help “level the playing” field by providing kids in need with hockey equipment. As part of our Washington Area Honda Dealers partnership with NBC Sports Washington, the Washington Capitals and Leveling the Playing Field organization we’ll be collecting any used youth hockey equipment you have lying around the house. We’ll collect anything from helmets to skates to elbow pads to sticks, shin guards and gloves.
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What Makes a Dog-Friendly Vehicle?

Do you have a dog that loves car rides? If so, then you know what it’s like to ride along with a dog who won’t sit still. One of the best things you can do for your dog is get a pet safe car seat. These look like child seats in some ways, but the belts are different and may include harnesses to keep your dog in the seat.

In other cases, there is a doggy seat belt that will attach to your dog’s harness as well. This is also a good idea if you have a…
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What is Oversteer and Understeer?

If you have problems turning your vehicle, it could be due to several factors. At Sheehy Honda, we try to keep our consumers informed about how their vehicles function. Oversteer and understeer are two terms that refer to your vehicle's dynamics. Oversteer occurs when a car turns more than what the driver wants, and understeer happens when the vehicle turns less than what the driver wants.

If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, then you have a higher chance of experiencing understeer. 
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Locating a Mechanic You Can Trust

As a vehicle owner, there are times when you need to find someone who is well acquainted with cars and who can figure out what is going on with yours. There are times when you need to pay a mechanic to work on your car. Make sure that you know who you can turn to in those times.

If you know what someone like you can expect to pay in order to have certain services completed on their vehicle, you can know if a mechanic is being fair with you or not. Do some research as you are looking to…
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