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How to Program a Honda Key Chip

How to Program a Honda Key Chip

How to Program a Honda Key Chip A Honda remote electronic car key, commonly known as a key fob, is helpful in controlling the car doors, trunk, and the alarm system. If you find yourself with a new fob, or if the battery has died on your existing fob, or if your fob has malfunctioned, you will need to program/reprogram it. Just remember that your remote will not work if the key is in the ignition. If you have lost your keyless entry remote, reprogram your Honda remote to protect your vehicle from theft. It’s easy to do yourself, and not necessary to go to a dealership. We will walk you through the 11-step process in this article.  Steps for Programming Honda Key Fob Step 1: Gather All the Remotes You need to get all the remotes and have them together while you program. Actually, you only  need one remote to access the programming mode, but all the remotes need to be programmed at the same time. Step 2: Repla ... read more

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How to Update Toyota Navigation Maps

How to Update Toyota Navigation Maps

  It’s the 21st century and we are reliant on our GPS and navigation systems for getting us from point A to point B. We use navigation to get to appointments, vacation destinations, friends, and many more important locations...just about anywhere we need or want to go. Accuracy of the navigation maps on our cars is critical. The navigation maps need to be current and up-to-date.    But, these systems can become incomplete over time as roads and points of interest are changed. Updating the map database for your built-in Toyota navigation system requires either a self-install DVD or a visit to a certified Toyota service center, depending on your model.   How can you be sure that the Toyota navigation system in your car has the latest update? Let our experienced and knowledgeable team at Reliable Imports help you. We know how important this system is for you. With the same attention we provide in servici ... read more

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What is Emission Testing and Why It Is Important

What is Emission Testing and Why It Is Important

Emission testing for your vehicle is important to you, for your car or truck, and for the environment.  This test indicates the levels of pollutants your vehicle is emitting in order to comply with standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.   The first emission test was performed in 1966 in California. Now, it is required by law in more than 30 states on regular schedules. If your vehicle fails the emissions test, you must make the appropriate repairs and have the vehicle retested.   In North Carolina, 22 counties require emissions testing annually for cars between 3 and 20 years old. At Reliable Imports, we perform the necessary emission testing as part of the annual inspection on your vehicle. In this article, we wanted to discuss what emission testing is and why it is important. What is Emission Testing? Emission tests are standard tests that measure exhaust emission for different types of engines and ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

How Reliable is a Honda Civic?

How Reliable is a Honda Civic?

How Reliable is a Honda Civic? If you’re looking for a car that has a long history of reliability, look no further than the Honda Civic. For over four decades, the Honda Civic has been known for gas efficiency, low maintenance costs, and dependability. Ever since the Civic came out in 1972, it has kept a solid reputation of a car that can be trusted.  It was created during the fuel shortage in the early 1970s in Japan and it didn’t take long for the car to make its mark in the automobile industry. Today, it is still a mainstay in the compact car arena. US News says that the 2021 Honda Civic is one of the best compact cars on the market. It’s hard to beat it for reliability. And, not only is it durable, it’s also fun to drive! Reliable Imports services Hondas so we wanted to take a look at what makes the Honda Civic so reliable and such a great car for the average American. Dependability The Honda ... read more

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4 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioner Needs Freon

4 Signs Your Car’s Air Conditioner Needs Freon

It’s no secret that summer (and spring and much of fall) is hot enough to require the air conditioner being on when you’re driving around Raleigh. If it can’t keep up, your drive is probably pretty miserable and uncomfortable. Could the problem be coolant? Here are three signs your car’s air conditioner needs Freon and what you should do about it.  Your Car Probably Doesn’t Use Freon First, it’s important to note that your car probably doesn’t use Freon. Freon, or the generic term, R12, is a coolant that was found to be highly detrimental to the ozone layer, so car manufacturers stopped using it in 1994. It’s just that, like Band-aids and Kleenex, the brand name became commonly used.    If your car is older than 2018, you probably have R134A, a better refrigerant that is also efficient and effective. If it’s newer than 2018, your car most likely has R1234yf, a highly efficient coolant that breaks down rapidly in t ... read more

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Should You Worry About Your Subaru’s Head Gasket

Should You Worry About Your Subaru’s Head Gasket

Subarus are generally reliable, dependable vehicles, and their drivers tend to be incredibly loyal. However, one common concern people have with Subarus is the vulnerability of the head gasket, and this worry may stop them from buying one. Our Subaru repair company is taking a closer look at this issue, breaking down what the head gasket is, signs there’s an issue, and which models are most likely to be affected. What Is the Head Gasket in a Subaru? First, let’s look at what the head gasket does and what makes it important. Your engine is divided into two sections:    1. The engine block where the pistons and cylinders are; 2. The cylinder head where the valves, spark plug, and cam shaft are located.    Between these two sections is the head gasket. Its role is to seal the internal combustion process within the engine block while allowing coolant and oil to move separately th ... read more

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What to Do When Your Lexus Maintenance Required Light is On

What to Do When Your Lexus Maintenance Required Light is On

What to Do When Your Lexus Maintenance Required Light is On If you are seeing the Maintenance Required light on the dashboard of your Lexus, it isn’t a bad thing. So, what do you need to do? We are programmed to pay attention when a warning light comes on the dashboard of our cars. Most of the time,when a dashboard light illuminates we experience the increased heart rate and sweaty palms that accompany a feeling of fear or dread. This is especially true when the Check Engine light comes on because it usually means something bad has happened with the operation of the car. But, not to worry here, because Lexus has given us something like a personal assistant, so to speak, in the Maintenance Required light.  The Lexus Maintenance Required is a light that reminds us there is something that we need to do, but it isn’t an urgent requirement. It doesn’t mean that something is terribly wrong. This article explains the meaning of this light so you know what to do. And ... read more

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7 Symptoms of a Bad Starter

7 Symptoms of a Bad Starter

7 Symptoms of a Bad Starter   When the starter in your car goes bad, you are “dead in the water,” so to speak. You can’t go anywhere when the starter no longer works. It can seem like it happened all of a sudden and without any warning. But, guess what? There are seven symptoms that can indicate you have a bad starter or one that is failing. If you are aware of these signs, you can possibly avoid being stranded. Your trusted automotive professionals at Reliable Import Service are experienced in diagnosing and fixing a bad starter problem. Come see us if you notice any of these seven symptoms of a bad starter. What Is a Starter? The starter is composed of these two main parts: the primary motor that turns the crankshaft and starts the engine, and the solenoid (the relay) that simultaneously engages the starter’s drive gear and closes the main motor’s electrical contacts. The starter in a car is powered by the battery. The purpose of the starter is ... read more

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Auto Repair

Common Clutch Problems and Symptoms to Look Out For

Common Clutch Problems and Symptoms to Look Out For

If your vehicle has a manual transmission and you drive it long enough, the clutch will probably go out along the way. The clutch isn’t built to last forever. And, when it goes bad, you can’t really drive it effectively. So, it’s definitely an important part of the car’s mechanical systems. There are a couple of ways that a clutch fails. One is it fails to disengage and the other is it fails to engage fully. In this article, we wanted to shed some light on some common clutch problems and the symptoms you should look out for when a clutch is getting ready to have problems. Reliable Import Service has ASE certified, professional import auto mechanics who can properly diagnose and repair any issues with your clutch. Don’t hesitate to call us when you have signs of a bad clutch. What Is the Purpose of the Clutch The clutch allows the engine to connect with the transmission. In other words, th ... read more

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What to Do When Your Car’s Air Conditioner Stops Working

What to Do When Your Car’s Air Conditioner Stops Working

​So, you’re driving along in the heat of the summer season and so comfortable with the air conditioner working splendidly. But, wait a minute, now you are starting to sweat. Why? Because suddenly your A/C is blowing out warm air! And, of course, it is one of the hottest days of the year! An air conditioning system that is improperly operating can not only be uncomfortable but also dangerous, especially for children, elderly, and people with compromised health. Ensuring that your A/C is in good working condition should be a priority. Before the season gets in full gear, be sure to get the system checked.  When your car’s air conditioner goes out and is blowing warm, stale air instead of cool, refreshing air, there are several reasons why. In this article, we detail five common reasons for your A/C ceasing to work properly. Our recommendation, however, is to call us at Reliable Imports to schedule a service as soon as possible. Our team of professional, knowledgeable ... read more

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