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Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires

While most cars and trucks come with all-season tires, having a set of winter tires to put on during the winter months could increase the performance of your vehicle. At Midlands Honda, we're happy to explain the differences between all-season and winter tires, and we'll help you decide which you need for driving in Columbia, SC.

All-weather tires are designed to last a long time and perform well in many different conditions, including light wintery ones. Winter tires are made from a softer rubber that can grip the road more effectively. 
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What are the disadvantages of using a tonneau cover?

The open beds of pickup trucks allow you to load and unload your vehicle with ease. You can load your bed to capacity as high as you feel comfortable driving around. Light materials are tied down to keep them from the wind and heavier items, like refrigerators, are haulable in the preferred upright position. When using a tonneau cover, the ability to haul items is severely limited.

The security provided by a tonneau cover is produced by a solid cover that hooks over every side of the box. The cover lies flat and does not allow you to haul anything…

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Mufflers & Exhausts: What Should You Know?

An informed car owner will usually get far more out of their vehicle than someone who simply leaves the wellness of their car to chance. Knowing what signs to look for of reasons to take your car in for a service appointment can extend the useful life of your car by full years. That is why we here at Midlands Honda of Columbia are excited to teach you all about signs that you should have your muffler and exhaust system serviced.

First, although it is normal for some light-colored smoke to come out of the tailpipe when your car is…
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A Truck Bed Cover Provides Key Advantages and Disadvantages During General Routines

In Columbia, there are many roads that have hazards. When a vehicle rolls over a hole in the road or a stump on a trail, some lightweight items will fly in the air. If lightweight cargo is hauled on a truck on a road or path that has many hazards, various items could launch up in the air and land on the street since a truck bed lacks a ceiling.

Besides the ability to contain items on rough roads, a truck bed can also keep items dry in rainy climates. All truck bed covers are designed strategically so the edges…

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Don't Tread on Worn Out Tires

Tires are sort of like the feet of a vehicle, but unlike like human feet, tires don't last a lifetime. Every time you drive, car tires wear down a little. Over time, they get worn out, and that's dangerous. Stay safe by knowing how to detect bad tires.

Tire manufacturers make detecting bad tires easier with "wear bars" inside the wheels. When tread goes too low, wear bars display a cross-bar pattern. Even without that feature, it's easy to recognize bad tires. Just put a penny inside the groove, making sure Lincoln's head is upside down…

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Debadge Your Vehicle for a Streamlined Look

Removing your vehicle’s emblems is an easy project that usually takes no more than a few minutes. With some basic household supplies, you could give your car or truck a much more streamlined appearance. Here are some simple tips and tricks that you can use to debadge your vehicle without damaging the paint.

One of the easiest ways to remove a vehicle’s emblems is to pry the plastic off with a thin plastic scraper or credit card. If you don’t want to damage your credit card, then you can also try to pry the emblems off with…

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Tailgating Essentials for the Upcoming Football Season

In order to keep the tailgating party going, you need to follow a few tips first.

Since the truck is going to be the central point of the party, chances are good you will be playing music, hooked up so others can watch the television, or using all the charging stations. That excess load will really hurt the battery, and could leave you stranded at night when everyone has left. Keep a good pair of jumper cables in the bed so you can ask for help if the battery gets weak.

Place a big metal pail in your bed for…
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Is Towing On The Agenda At Vacation Time?

Hitting the road to take a vacation sometimes requires hauling a trailer. Keeping everyone happy and safe can be achieved by learning the do's and don'ts of towing. A little time spent preparing for your towing adventure can make all the difference in your vacation experience.

Stress doesn't have to be a by-product of facing the task of hooking up a trailer and hitting the road. Learning a few do's and don'ts can make the whole process run smoothly. For instance, when you load your trailer you should make sure the items are balanced on…
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Tips for Applying Touch-up Paint to Your Car in Columbia

Little scratches on the top coat of your car's paint might not cause serious body damage, but they detract from the look of your vehicle. You can take care of these small cosmetic issues yourself with the use of touch-up paint. This type of paint is available at most auto parts and auto supply stores.

Use the manufacturer's matching guide to select the same color of paint. This helps you to achieve a perfect match. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions on cleaning and prepping your work area. After applying the...

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Back to School Vehicle Maintenance

Here at Midlands Honda we want you to know how to care for your vehicle so it can provide you with many years of solid service and safety. Whether you're getting ready to send the kiddos back to school or your older children are heading off to college, there's no better time to get your vehicle in for a thorough check-up.

If you're not already, make sure you know when to get your vehicle in for basic maintenance service when it's needed. Your owner's manual can let you know how often. Make sure the fluids…

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