Yearly Archives: 2021

How to Replace or Adjust a Headlight Bulb in 2021

How to Replace or Adjust a Headlight Bulb in 2021

f you’re driving down the street at night and all of a sudden your scope of vision isn’t illuminated, is it the street lights or your headlights? If you determine it’s a headlight on your car, don’t worry. Replacing or adjusting a headlight bulb isn’t very difficult and is easily a do-it-yourself project, if you are so inclined. Reliable Imports is experienced in working on headlights and headlight bulbs, as well as repairing electrical issues. In this article, we want to give you the information you need in order to diagnose the problem, and replace or adjust a headlight bulb. But, as always, we are here to help in any way we can.   Diagnosing the Problem - Replace, Adjust, or Something Else? First, you need to determine if the headlight bulb is out, has slipped out of alignment, or the problem is something more serious. Look at the headlights to see if it is just one bul ... read more

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Auto Maintenance

How Often Should I Change the Brake Fluid in My Toyota?

How Often Should I Change the Brake Fluid in My Toyota?

When it comes to car maintenance, you know how important it is to have your oil changed to keep your engine running smoothly and why you need to rotate your tires regularly to keep them wearing evenly. But what about your brake maintenance, specifically how often should you change the brake fluid in your Toyota? To provide you with some clarity on the topic, our Toyota repair shop in Raleigh is sharing what you need to know. What Does Brake Fluid Do? First, why is brake fluid so important? Basically, this is a chemical solution used in a hydraulic brake system that won’t compress under pressure, so when you push the brake pedal, it pressurizes the fluid so that it multiplies the force you’re applying. Without it, even all your weight on the pedal wouldn’t be enough to bring your car to a full stop.    In order to be effective, brake fluid must have three qualities:  Proper viscosity so it ca ... read more

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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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Tips & Tricks

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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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