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Germain Honda of Dublin

6715 Sawmill Road
Hours and Directions Dublin, OH 43017

  • Sales: 877-686-4527
  • Service: 866-864-3930

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Is Choosing Summer Tires a Better Option Than All-Season Tires?

The tire technicians working here at Germain Honda of Dublin wanted to pass along some information about the benefits of switching to summer tires as the weather warms. Summer tires are better than all-season tires at improving handling, braking, and cornering, to name a few.

The unique tread design of the summer tires serves a number of purposes, all designed to make driving safer. The grooves actually increase the car's ability to handle the road, and at the same time push water out of the way so more of the tread is in contact with the road. This will…
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What is the Differential in My Vehicle?

Depending on your vehicle, you may have one or two differentials helping to power your ride. The differential contains fluids that are important for lubricating the gears and from keeping them from getting too heated to the point they can become damaged.

If you do considerable driving in your vehicle, not only is the differential helping to keep the gears to the transmission lubricated, the gears are working hard when you turn the steering wheel as well. Low fluid could expose the gears and increase the chances of them becoming damaged.


 
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Compact Temporary vs. Full-Size Spare Tires: Tire Guide

If you get stuck on the side of the road, the first thing you will need is a spare tire. Changing a tire is relatively easy with a smaller, temporary tire. These compact tires sell for under $50. However, they are typically not long-lasting tires that you can use over and over again. They may last up to 50 miles, which is about enough mileage to get you to a shop and fix the original flat.


 
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About the Cooling System

A vehicle's cooling system consists of the radiator, the radiator cap, the connecting hoses, the thermostat and the water pump. The components work together to prevent overheating from the extreme temperatures created in the engine. If any part of the system fails, heat levels rise and may damage the engine head, the head gaskets or ruin the engine. All of the potential disasters are costly repairs. Occasional maintenance ensures the system lasts the life of the car or truck.

Antifreeze levels should be checked periodically to ensure that the coolant protects the vehicle year round.

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When Your Car is at Risk for Tire Replacements and Paying Attention to Tire Tread

Tread depth on your vehicle is to be taken in 32nds of an inch. By using a penny test, you can measure how big your tread is.

If Lincoln's head on the penny is seen, then the tread you have is less than 2/32 inches deep. You will want to look for which direction your arrow is pointing toward the tread-wear bar. This bar indicates that you will need your tires replaced if it is 2/32 inches. The standard mark for when to replace your tires is milestone 2/32, and 4/32 is the newer consideration…
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Are You Listening to Your Car's Signals?

Your car has a language all its own. If your engine is running rough, or you see white or blue smoke coming from your exhaust, your car is definitely trying to tell you something. It is trying to tell you that you need to check the condition of your gaskets.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, then you know that you may have a head gasket leak. This means that two fluids are mixing, such as coolant and oil. It means that your engine is not running as efficiently as it should. This can affect the compression and power of…

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Headlight Maintenance: What They're Not Telling You

The tire pressure, oil pressure, and engine status are a few of the most important mechanisms to keep track of on your car. If you lose sight of these gauges, then you risk losing sight of the road at large. The road can be a dangerous place, keep an eye on these important lights to ensure your safety.

It is a good idea to have your headlights tested on a regular basis. Outdated headlights can be a safety hazard to pedestrians and drivers. It is often a better idea to have fog lights installed. The massive reach of fog lights…
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New Honda Insight Unveiled at 2018 NAIAS

Celebrating its 111th anniversary, Detroit’s 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) showed off the best of the best from the automotive industry, raising over $5 million for local Michigan charities in the process. Philanthropic endeavors aside, several new models captivated audiences during the NAIAS’s January run—but none more so than the 2019 Honda Insight prototype. When it officially hits showroom floors, the 2019 Insight will be available for lease and purchase at our Honda dealership in Dublin, OH. Until then, you’ll just have to drool over these new Insight photos.

  

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Do All Cars Need An Oil Change Every 3,000 Miles?

A rule of thumb for all cars has long been to change the oil once every 3,000 miles of driving. But we here at Germain Honda of Dublin are here to tell you that this number can be drastically higher for a variety of car types!

What isn't mentioned is that the 3,000-mile figure is based on traditional motor oil. Synthetic motor oils can last thousands of miles more and sometimes in excess of 10,000 miles even. We don't want you to pay for a service more often than you truly need it. The best…
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Sand, Salt, or Litter: What's the Best Choice?

Did you know that you can use sand, cat litter, or salt to get you out of a bind in the winter? They are all great to have in your car in the winter because if you get stuck, you can just throw some around the wheels of your car and get enough traction to get unstuck.

If you choose to go with salt, make sure that it is not table salt or it will not work. You need a good rock salt that has big chucks of salt to give you some good traction. It will melt at temperatures…
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