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Key Reasons Your Engine May be Overheating

Lost driving time while you sit and wait for your engine to cool is not the only result of an overheating engine. Certain components inside your engine can be damaged by high heat, such as valves, bearings and cylinders. Ensuring your car's engine remains in its optimal temperature operating range is vital to its proper functioning.

Low levels of antifreeze is the single most common cause of an overheating engine. 

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All of the Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

The team at Tom Scott Honda wants to help you understand the reasons why you should and shouldn't have a new Tonneau Cover over the truck bed.

The Tonneau Cover is going to eliminate those items in the bed from flying all over the place as you drive. Now you can store your work clothes or fishing gear under the cover and lock it up so it doesn't disappear. 

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Belts and Hoses Provide Necessary Functions in Your Vehicle

Keeping the belts and hoses in good working condition in your vehicle is part of regular vehicle maintenance. The belts and hoses provide power and fluid transportation to different engine components, and if they fail, the engine can be compromised.

Belts and pulleys serve the purpose of providing power to help drive many of the main engine components such as the fan, air injection pump, alternator, water pump and power steering pump. 

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What are Gaskets?

Gaskets provide a critical contribution to the proper running of your vehicle. They will tend to wear out and crack with time and use. These thin molded and die cut pieces fit securely between the parts to prevent leakage of gases and oil.

Some of the materials from which gaskets may be constructed include very thin layers of rubber, copper, or steel. 

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How Could Extreme Temperatures Affect My Car Batteries?

The inside of the car battery has fluids, and they can be impacted by extreme weather. In freezing temperatures, those liquids solidify, in heat, they evaporate. Testing the battery can help determine if it still has charging power.

  • Don't test the car battery until the engine and lights of the car are all turned off.
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Learn How to Avoid Hydroplaning and Stay Safe

It is important for you to do all that you can to stay safe on the road, and this includes figuring out how you can avoid hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle. There are some things that you can do to stay safe when driving in Nampa in wet weather.

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Rotate Tires for Long Life

Tires play a critical role in vehicle safety and performance. Like any other part of the vehicle, they can fail, and blowouts can leave you helpless on the roadside. Nampa area owners know that rotation extends the life of their tires, but rotating tires also reduces the chance of a blowout.

Blowouts can occur without warning such as when the tires strike a road hazard or the sharp edge of a pothole. 

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Try These DIY Tips to Restore Your Headlights

Headlight restoration may be what you are looking for when searching for a solution to dim headlights. Here are some ways that you too can restore your headlights to the bright lights you once enjoyed.

  • By scrubbing your headlight lenses with a warm moist cloth and toothpaste you may be able to wipe away the yellow, cloudy appearance that is in part responsible for the dimness. 
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The Alternator - Know its Needs

Our car's alternator is one of several parts of the vehicle that tend to be forgotten until it stops functioning and the car won’t start. Regularly scheduled maintenance is important so you can prevent a problem before it becomes a problem on the road. Stop in at Tom Scott Honda and get a quick inspection of your alternator and surrounding parts.

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