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Pros and Cons of Having a Tonneau Cover on Your Truck Bed

Should you have a new Tonneau Cover installed over your truck's bed. Our crew here at Route 23 Honda wants to make you aware of all the advantages and disadvantages of getting one installed.

The Tonneau Cover can help improve fuel efficiency as the air glides over the bed instead of it resisting the flow. Another huge advantage to getting a new Tonneau Cover is that all your belongings in the bed are now going to be secure. 

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What's the Difference Between Towing and Payload?

A common question in the trucking community is what is the difference between towing capacity and maximum payload? The term seems to be commonly used as one and the same. That is why our team here at Route 23 Honda of Pompton Plains, NJ wants you to be an informed truck owner and realize that there is a big difference between the two terms and it can be potentially dangerous to misunderstand them.

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Why You Need to Make Roadside Emergency Kits

The roadside emergency kit is going to put you in the position to get from being stranded on the roads and possible limp to a local service station so they can make the repair. If you get a flat tire, having a few cans of fix-a-flat in the kit will put you in the position of getting the tire off the rim enough so you can safely drive a few miles.

The jumper cables are important and should be in the kit because now anyone who is willing to pull over and help can jump-start your vehicle. Bring an empty…

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What's the Difference Between Drivetrains?

The drivetrain to your vehicle matters. The front-wheel-drive configuration allows you to get more fuel efficiency. You typically see sedans, small cars, economical cars, and daily commuter vehicles with this type of drivetrain. However, if you are looking for power, then you would choose the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Traditionally, most muscle cars are RWD. This is because the vehicle is pushed forward. While it takes up more fuel, it's a better drivetrain for power.

All-wheel drive is the best for both worlds. You get power and a bit more fuel efficiency...

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Are Your Windshield Wipers Struggling? You Might Need to Replace Them

For most drivers, regular maintenance check-ups and oil changes are part of the deal when it comes to owning a car. Windshield wipers aren't something most adults consider repairing until it's raining outside and the blades aren't working well. What's a driver to do?

Did you know that you can have your windshield wiper blades replaced easily and simply at our office in Pompton Plains? 

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Is It Time for a New Timing Belt?

Have you had your timing belt inspected or replaced? This rubber belt plays a crucial role in keeping your engine running. If it breaks, your engine will stop running and can sustain expensive damage. Knowing the signs of a worn timing belt can keep your engine running smoothly.

The timing belt connects the crankshaft and camshaft, moving them in sync. 

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The Negative Impact of Extreme Weather of Your Car Battery

The longer that your car battery has to endure seasons of extreme temperatures, the weaker it becomes. Here is what is happening behind the casing of the battery:

In the freezing cold weather of winter, everything inside the housing of the battery could freeze. If the chemicals were to freeze, then that means they expand. If they expand too often, they could be causing permanent damage to the housing and require replacement before failing.

In the extreme heat of the long summer season, the opposite occurs as those chemicals start evaporating. If there is any loss of chemicals...

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What is a Powertrain Warranty vs. a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?

A warranty is important to have your new car. If you do not have one, then you may end up paying more for maintenance or repairs. However, not every warranty is the same. There is a powertrain warranty and a bumper-to-bumper warranty, and each one covers the car differently.

As its name suggests, a bumper-to-bumper warranty covers almost every part of the car between the front and the back bumpers. By contrast, a powertrain warranty only covers the essential parts that power the car, such as the engine, transmission, differential, driveshaft, and velocity joints, but not the wear items...

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Balancing and Rotating Your Tires

Your tires are your points of contact with the road. They're some of the most important parts of your automobile. They grip the road to give you traction. Because of this, they're key to keeping you safe as you drive. If their treads are too worn down, it can make it harder to drive, particularly in bad weather.

Here at Route 23 Honda, we're happy to provide tire balancing and rotation services. Tires wear unevenly based on whether your car is front- or rear-wheel drive. The part of your car that gets the most power first will…

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Understanding the Role of Brake Pads

Brake pads are an important part of the brake system. When you hit the brakes, the calipers squeeze the rotors to make them come to a stop. There are brake pads on either side of the rotor that provides friction. As the brake pads start to wear, you will want to get them replaced quickly. Otherwise, you could cause damage to both the calipers and the rotors.

As you drive around in Pompton Plains, NJ, if you hear scratching or squealing sounds when you hit the brakes, it could be an indication that you need your brake pads replaced. By…

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