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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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How to Protect Your Car from Pollen Damage

While pollen is certainly a hassle for most people, triggering itchy eyes and a runny nose, it’s not great for your car either. The thick layer of yellow dust is more than just an eyesore, it can cause expensive damage to your car if not dealt with properly. Plus, once it gets in your car, it will exacerbate your own allergies as it will be highly concentrated in a confined space. All in all, it’s best to take care of it before it becomes a problem. So, our import repair shop in Raleigh is sharing some tips on how you can keep your car cleaner inside and out and protect your car from pollen damage.  How Does Pollen Damage Your Car?  Pollen is considered “environmental fallout.” This means that even though it’s a naturally occurring substance, its presence can be damaging to materials - tree sap, decaying bugs, and bird droppings all fall under this umbrella, too.  See, to the naked eye, you may just see pollen as being some sticky dust tha ... read more

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Should I Use Premium Gas in My Mercedes?

Should I Use Premium Gas in My Mercedes?

You bought a Mercedes Benz because they are known for their quality, performance, and long-lasting reliability. Now, you want to make sure it holds up to your expectations and that means making sure you’re taking it in for proper maintenance and regular oil changes. Maybe you’re even paying more at the gas pump for premium fuel rather than regular gas, but is it really necessary? Our import mechanic in Raleigh is taking a closer look at whether you should use premium gas in your Mercedes or if regular is good enough.  What’s the Difference in Regular and Premium Gasoline?  First, let’s look at the difference between regular unleaded gas and premium. Unleaded gasoline is rated by octane - regular has an octane rating of 87, mid-grade is 89 and premium is anything above 91.    So, what’s octane? It’s the unit of measure determining fuel performance, specifically, how m ... read more

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Top 10 Winter Car Care Tips

Top 10 Winter Car Care Tips

While Raleigh winters aren't terribly extreme, we still see our fair share of freezing temperatures, snow, ice, and sleet. These can take a heavy toll on how your car looks and can even affect performance. Keep your car looking and running great all the way to the spring thaw with the top 10 winter car care tips from our Raleigh import auto mechanics! Check Your Battery According to Consumer Reports, a car battery only has about 50 percent of the cranking power at 0 degrees that it does at 80. The cold is hard on batteries, which is why dead batteries are a common problem in winter. If you don't want to be stuck in your driveway or stranded at work, you'll want to have a volt test done to make sure it's got plenty of juice to get you through winter. While charging can be a great way to get through winter if your battery is fairly new, if your battery is over five years old, you should replace it.  Restore Your Headlights There is less daylight in winte ... read more

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5 Tips For Getting Your Car Ready to go Back to School

Now that summer is coming to an end, fall is quickly approaching. Fall also means back-to-school season. It is a time for new clothes, haircuts, and the never ending school supply list. But with all the preparations for school, have you added car maintenance to the list of things to do?   Completing an annual vehicle maintenance checklist is important for your child’s safety. The car maintenance checklist highlights why tire service and vehicle repair is essential to maintaining a properly serviced vehicle. Please utilize this convenient and easy to use back to school checklist that is full of handy tips to get your vehicle ready for school this fall.   Back to School Vehicle Maintenance Checklist   Check Tires Sometimes it the simplest and most trivial tasks that ensure the most safety for all those that ride in your car. When was the last time you checked the tire pressure on all of your vehicle’s tires? It is recommended that you should check your ... read more

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5 Top Summer Car Care Tips for Import Vehicles

5 Top Summer Car Care Tips for Import Vehicles

With a brutally hot Summer in Raleigh bearing down on us, you know it's important to take care of yourself (sunscreen and lots of water), your house (having your AC serviced and cleaning out your gutters), but what about your car? Yes, Summer sun and heat is hard on your car, and without the right care, your road trip will be canceled as you'll be facing expensive repairs. Fortunately, you can protect your car with these five summer car care tips. Keep Your Engine Cool Your engine is naturally going to run hot when you're driving, but triple-digit heat outside only adds to the heat inside the engine. In fact, vehicle overheating is the leading cause of breakdowns in the summer. Your first step is to keep an eye on your temperature gauge while you drive, but you'll want to go further. Check your engine coolant levels once a week, and keep a gallon of coolant in your car for emergency use. You ca ... read more

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10 Essential Spring Car Care Tips

10 Essential Spring Car Care Tips

Springtime in Raleigh means warmer weather, sunny days, and more time outside. It also means car maintenance.   While winters in North Carolina are typically pretty mild, cold weather can really take a toll on your car. Here are a few things you should do every spring to combat any winter wear and tear and prevent lasting damage. Essential Spring Car Care Tips Check Your Tire Pressure Drastic changes in temperature, like the transition from winter to spring, cause fluctuations in tire pressure. The general rule is that for every 10 degree temperature change, your tire pressure will change by around 2%. In the spring, this means that your psi will go up with the temps. Take the time to check your tire pressure to make sure it’s in the correct range for your vehicle. Your car will handle better and you’ll get better gas mileage! Rotate Your Tires You should rotate your tires every six mon ... read more

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Simple Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Simple Winter Vehicle Maintenance Tips When it comes to winter, and the subsequent freezing temperatures, many individuals tend to neglect the thought of preparing their car. However, cold weather can certainly take a toll on your vehicle, prompting several negative effects that can dramatically decrease its lifespan. So, with the recent drop in temperatures in both North Carolina, and across the country in general, our Raleigh certified technicians thought it would be especially helpful to provide these 8 simple tips on protecting your vehicle from harsh temperatures. 1. Switch to Synthetic Oil Switching from conventional to synthetic oil (if it is appropriate for your car) is a helpful step to take in protecting your car from the freezing winter temperatures. This is because starting your car up in the cold weather is much easier on your engine when it is using synthetic oil. Synthetic oil flows more freely than conventional oil, meaning it does not need time to warm up and will ... read more

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8 Fun Facts About Acura Cars

8 Fun Facts About Acura Cars

Think you know everything there is to know about Acura cars? We put together some fun and interesting facts about the Acura brand. Check it out below! 8 Interesting Facts About Acura Cars #1 – Acura as an ‘Everyday Supercar’ The Acura NSX or the ‘New Sports eXperimental’ was the world’s first car that was produced completely with aluminum and was billed as the ‘Everyday Supercar’. #2 – First Japanese Luxury Car Created in 1986, Acura was the first Japanese luxury car brand to hit the market. #3 – Latin Origins The origin of the Acura name is derived from Latin — acu — defined as “done with precision” or “mechanically precise.” Originally, Honda pronounced the marque as “a-coor-uh,” but customers preferred “Ah-cure-uh” so the new name stuck. #4 – Honda Taps Into Foreign Luxury Market Wit ... read more

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