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Daytona Beach Auto Repair

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Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Easy Way to Save Cash in Daytona Beach

The Easy Way to Save Cash in Daytona Beach

The hottest FL news story may be different every day, but there's one topic that seems to come up over and over again – the price of gas in Daytona Beach. If you feel like most of your paycheck goes into your gas tank, this post is for you. Here are several basic things people in Daytona Beach can do to greatly reduce their gas consumption, save money, and help the environment. You can really improve your fuel economy by how you drive – but first, here's a review of things you can do for your car that'll save gas no matter how you drive. The first one for Daytona Beach drivers is keeping tires properly inflated. That can save two miles per gallon. Driving on low tires is like driving through sand – your car just has to work harder. Most Daytona Beach service centers will fill up your tires for free, so just ask Honest-1 Auto Care. Also, make a habit of checking your tire pressure whenever you fill up. Many Daytona Beach gas stations have an air hose ... read more

How To Get Better Gas Mileage In Daytona Beach

How To Get Better Gas Mileage In Daytona Beach

There is no escaping it: things work better when you take care of them. Something most of us in Daytona Beach can relate to is our computers. You've probably noticed how they get slower and slower over time. It takes longer to start up and programs take forever to load. Eventually, many of us just get a new computer at our nearest Daytona Beach computer store. But computer experts know that there are things you can do to delay the need for a new computer purchase. You can run utilities that clean off temporary files and clean your memory registry. You can optimize your hard drive and a number of other things. What you're doing is maintaining your computer to make it efficient. It's the same thing with your car or truck. You maintain it to make it more efficient. It works the way it was designed to and that means it uses less fuel while you drive around Daytona Beach. And you save money. To help organize our discussion, let's think of thi ... read more

Severe Service Requirements

Severe Service Requirements

A lot of Daytona Beach drivers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their car owners' manual. It can be somewhat confusing, so we decided to consult an expert. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for over 30 years and is a speaker, a trainer, and a writer. Cricket says there's so much confusion on this topic because, "Most owners' manuals actually have two maintenance schedules. Sometimes these are called 'regular service' and 'severe service'. Sometimes they're simply called Schedule 1 and Schedule 2. A severe service schedule recommends that things like an oil change, air filter replacement, and transmission service be done more often: either in fewer miles or in less time." Foreign and domestic vehicle manufacturers create a specific schedule for e ... read more

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On Board Diagnostics for Your Engine

Starting in 1996, Honest-1 Auto Care service technicians have been able to use a standardized diagnostic system to help determine what is wrong with a vehicle. This diagnostic system works in tandem with the Engine Control Modules for each vehicle's engine. The Engine Control Module is a computer that monitors and controls many engine functions. Sensors throughout a vehicle send readings to the Engine Control Module. These readings help the computer to make adjustments in various vehicle systems to allow for constantly changing driving conditions and even to compensate for minor problems. However, if the computer encounters a situation it can't adjust for, it turns on the check engine light. (The check engine light is called the “service engine soon” light on some vehicles.) If the check engine light is burning steadily, it indicates a problem that needs to be taken care of soon. If it is ... read more

Honest-1 Auto Care Brake Service for Safe Stopping in Daytona Beach

Let's talk about something critical for all Daytona Beach drivers: your brakes. Your vehicle weighs several thousand pounds and it takes a lot of muscle to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop – so everything needs to be in good working order. Here's an explanation on how your disk brakes work: The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to your vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and rotates with the wheel as you drive around Daytona Beach. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel. The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which press on the rotor when you put your foot on the brake. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your vehicle brakes. Your brake pads start to wear the first time yo ... read more

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A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Daytona Beach

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Daytona Beach drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission will fail and lead to repairs. The transmission transfers power from the engine to the drive wheels. When it's clean and well - lubricated, it gives maximum fuel efficiency. But when it gets dirty or worn down, your transmission will suffer. Your transmission relies on transmission fluid to keep everything running well. This is why the transmission fluid must be changed periodically. Your owner's manual will give you a recommended time schedule for this service. Or, you can ask your friendly and knowledgeable Honest-1 Auto Care service advisor. Generally, the interval is around 35,000 miles (55,000 km) or every two years. But the interval fo ... read more

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Serpentine Belt Service at Honest-1 Auto Care

Most Daytona Beach folks occasionally have days when they've got a bunch of errands to run. Yesterday was my day off and I needed to fill the gas tank, pick up some groceries at my Daytona Beach market, swing by the ATM and get the kids from school. I could have made four trips . . . but that would have been totally inefficient. Instead I got unusually organized and planned my stops. I hit the ATM first and got gas next. Then I went to the supermarket and picked up the kids on the way home. I was proud of my wise use of time and money. What does this have to do with your car? Well, back in the day, each of your engine's accessories, like the alternator and air conditioner, were powered by separate belts. A vehicle might have five or six belts. These days, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories. It's called the serpentine belt. A pulley attached to the vehicle engine's crank provides the power to turn the serpentine belt. On the engine in the video, the ... read more

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Good Service at Honest-1 Auto Care Equals Good Fuel Economy in Daytona Beach

Whether we're trying to save money, save gas, or save the environment, most of us Daytona Beach drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in FL, but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our through preventive maintenance and more courteous driving? The US government has a website that actually answers that question. Let's look at some of the data and find out if any of these fuel-saving ideas are really worth the effort. We've all heard that a tune-up can improve gas mileage. It turns out that it can save us 4% at the pump. At $3.50 a gallon, that's 14¢ per gallon in savings, and at $4.00 a gallon, that's a 16¢ per gallon savings. Other common repair items can also save you a ... read more

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How Does Honest-1 Auto Care Know What to Recommend?

When you drop your vehicle off at Honest-1 Auto Care in Daytona Beach, they don't just poke around under your hood looking for stuff to do. Honest-1 Auto Care professionals have lists and procedures they follow for different types of service. First of all, your Daytona Beach service center will note the mileage on your vehicle. They'll then check to see what inspections and services the recommends for a vehicle of your make, model and mileage. If you are a regular customer, they will also check your vehicle's history. If the 's recommendations go beyond the services you've ordered, they'll let you know. They'll also indicate whether those services are or if you can wait a while to take care of them. The Honest-1 Auto Care pros won't do work that you don't agree to. They will, however, perform inspections while they're servicing your vehicle. They'll check belts, filters and fluids. They'll check your wind ... read more

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