August Service Tips

August 27th, 2012 by

If you haven’t seen them on our Perfection Honda facebook page, here is a summary of August’s Thursday Service Tips of the week.

Thursday Service Tip: Battery Disconnect

If you ever need to work on anything electrical and need to disconnect your car battery, always disconnect the negative (black), then positive (red) terminals in that order. If you disconnect the positive side of the battery first, the negative side is still connected to the entire car. If you drop a tool and it lands on the positive battery terminal and touches anything else on the car, you’ll have an electrical short. By disconnecting the negative first, you’re cutting off the return path for the current. Now, if a tool drops on to either of the battery terminals, it doesn’t matter if it touches part of the chassis or not – there’s no continuous path for the electrical current.

Thursday Service Tip: Heat Can Zap The Life From Your Car Battery!

Summer has the potential to cause faster evaporation of battery fluid, leading to corrosion on terminals and connections. Make sure all corrosive build-up is cleaned and ensure the clamps are tight enough so they don’t move. If your battery is over 3 years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested by your friendly service department at Perfection Honda. We’ll let you know if it needs to be replaced!

Thursday Service Tip: Tighten That Gas Cap!

If you gas cap is not secure, gas will evaporate from your tank as you drive. Not only does it need to be on tight, but you need to make sure to have the correct cap.Loose, missing or damaged gas caps cause 147 million gallons of gas to evaporate each year, according to the Car Care Council.

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