Is it dangerous driving with wet brakes? What should I do in order to drive my Honda 600 home safely?
Wet brakes will basically decrease the stopping power of your car. You will have difficulty making the brakes to hold, and the pedal will be hard to press. The brakes may also grab or pull the vehicle to one side, so it will be wise if you run a little slower after going through a flooded area. But the good news is that wet brakes can easily be dried simply by applying light pressure on the pedal. Slowly you will feel that the brakes are holding until the car finally stops in a smooth manner. And then, you're good to go.
I almost panicked when my brakes suddenly started going erratic. And then, my car suddenly pulled to one side and locked. What could possibly cause the problem?
Erratic braking, pulling, and locking symptoms can be traced back to a handful of possible causes, from serious braking system damage to other faulty auto parts affecting the braking performance. But since you said that the abnormal changes with the brakes were sudden, and based from the symptoms that you mentioned, there's a big possibility that the problems are related to incorrect tire pressures or a bald tire. Check your car manual for the recommended tire pressure. You can also find that recommendation on a sticker posted on the driver's door. If the tires are properly inflated and their treads are fine, have a professional mechanic do a thorough checkup of your brakes so as to determine the real cause.
How do correct tire pressures help my car? And what would happen if I drive with incorrect pressures?
Correct air pressures on all four tires, plus the spare, help ensure better handling, smoother ride, more fuel efficient engine, maximized power usage, and safer travel. Don't forget that they also help extend the lives of the wheels and tires. Significantly, you have to follow the recommended tire pressure listed in your car manual in order to avoid problems related to any of the car aspects mentioned.
It's winter time again, and I don't want it to ruin what's left of the paint finish of my Honda 600. Can you give me some tips on how paint can overcome cold weather?
High mileage vehicles, such as your Honda 600, are more susceptible to rust buildup basically due to longer years of exposure to corrosive elements. It will be wise if you inspect your car for any signs of rust buildup underneath the paint before deciding to take it out when the snow starts to fall. Look for bubbles, cracks, nicks, and scratches, and have them dealt accordingly. If you don't, the moisture, water, snow, and salt will increase rust buildup at a significant rate. Drying the car's paint finish before leaving the garage will also be of great help. If you have extra budget, making the garage air tight will be a good investment. But if you don't, you may opt for a carcoon.