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Defining Brake Fluid

Brake fluid is a hydraulic substance that is critical to the function of the brake system. Simply put, without brake fluid, your vehicle will not come to a stop. The braking process can be explained in a number of steps.
1. You press your foot on the pedal
2. The pedal moves brake fluid delivering force to the brake pistons
3. The brake pistons at each brake caliper apply force to the brake pads
4. The brake pads apply pressure to the spinning disc brakes, causing the vehicle to stop

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Making a Carpool Group

When it comes to getting set for this next academic year, having a carpool in place can be a big stress reliever. Here are some helpful hints for getting your carpool team lined up before the school year starts.

Come up with a few parents you can trust to be reliable and safe when driving your kid. It is best to err on the side of more rather than only a few parents because you never know when someone will have a scheduling emergency. Start a contact list for all interested parents, and ask them to have a meeting or…
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Tailgate With Flare Using Good Preparation

When you are heading out to tailgate at the next game, it's beneficial to prepare as much as possible ahead of time. From planning your menu to knowing how to pack the cooler, good preparation will allow you to have fun while you are tailgating instead of trying to figure out what to cook.

Prepare your meats the night before. Make hamburger patties and marinate any steak you want to cook. Pack the meat in air-tight containers to protect the food. Make sure you have enough buns for the number of burgers you are cooking, pack condiments, plates, and…
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Understanding Tread and Pressure

Until we have a problem, most of us spend very little time thinking about our tires. Ignoring them even before they get a puncture or a blowout actually costs us money, so it's a good idea to regularly inspect your tires to ensure they're inflated properly.

Underinflated tires increase drag as the car propels them along, causing the engine to work harder and thus use more gas. They are also more prone to damage from potholes and can also experience a blowout. Keep your tires properly inflated using your owner's manual as a guide. 
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Tips for Effective Wheel Cleaning

While a lot of people do wipe their wheels down while they are washing their vehicles, their wheels are not always clean. There is typically a dirtiness to the wheels because of the ineffective manner in which they were cleaned. Fortunately, the right procedure for cleaning your wheels is easy to learn.

When cleaning your wheels, it is good to make sure that you are choosing the right cleaner. Some cleaners are made for tires while others are made for wheels. Using the wrong cleaner is very likely to have an unintended effect on your tires and wheels.

 

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Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

Should I refinance or trade in my car? That is a question that millions of Americans are asking themselves right now. The truth is, there is no clear-cut answer. However, a few factors can help you make the correct choice. These factors will help you make a well-educated financial decision on what to do with your car.

Refinancing a car loan has many advantages, it can lower your monthly payment, lower your interest rates and help you secure a better deal on your car loan. When should you refinance your car loan? If you love your car, then by all…
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How To Choose Your Teenager's First Car

Here at Thompson's Honda, we know how important it is to pick out the perfect first car for your teen. After all, you want to make sure that it is reliable and will keep them safe on the road.

When speaking to Terre Haute parents, we usually recommend that they try to find a vehicle that offers electronic stability control. New drivers are often surprised by how easy it can be to lose control on wet and slippery roads. This handy feature will help them to avoid any nasty surprises.

 

 

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Summer Tires vs. All-Season Tires

With so many tires on the market today, it’s hard to know what type your car needs. We at Thompson's Honda want you to be an informed driver and know what kind of tires you need so you don’t waste money on the wrong kind. Summer tires vs all-season tires have always been a dilemma for drivers. Here are some tips.

Summer tires are also called performance tires because they perform so well. They’re ideal if for spring and summer driving or if you live where they have mild winters. All-season tires will give you better…
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The Benefits of Buying a Crossover Vehicle

Crossover vehicles give you the passenger and storage capacity you want from an SUV, without the size. If you have a family that needs third row seating, a crossover vehicle is an excellent option instead of an SUV. With so many choices when it comes to customizing your vehicle, you can get exactly what you want.

When you drive a crossover, you will see that the gas mileage is good. It is more fuel efficient than a larger SUV, yet still allows you to bring more than four passengers in your vehicle. With added storage, you'll have an efficient…
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Various Reasons Why Your Vehicle Might Be Experiencing Overheating Issues

When you start to see that thermostat creeping up, your engine may be experiencing some form of overheating. This is an inconvenience, but it can be a common problem that many vehicles experience after a few years of ownership. Luckily, there are some common reasons why a vehicle might be overheating. This can include:
  • The thermostat being stuck closed within your vehicle's engine bay.
  • Your vehicle may be low on coolant, which is necessary for your vehicle to maintain a safe temperature.
  • The cooling fan may be malfunctioning and not providing enough air flow through your engine.
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