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The Benefits of Using Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is a engine lubricant that has been specifically formulated to protect your car's engine. Compared to conventional oil, it can help you car operate more efficiently in times of extreme heat and extreme cold. This can be helpful when you need to get to work in Poughkeepsie on a cold winter morning or after you have let your car sit in the sun.

You may also benefit from using a synthetic oil if you tend to drive in harsh conditions. For instance, if you are on a busy road during rush hour, you may need to start…

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Is Your Spare Tire Ready for the Weather?

If you've ever had to change a tire and replace it with a compact "donut" tire, you're familiar with how important the spare tire is. Many of our customers request information regarding a full-sized spare tire after they have this experience. Friendly Honda is glad to provide you with information, so you'll be able to decide which spare tire would work best for your vehicle.

A full-sized spare takes up a little more room, but it doesn't require immediate attention or reduced speeds like a compact spare tire. You'll have to keep it rotating with…
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Master Tailgating This Season with These Tailgating Essentials

Whether you have been tailgating for years or you're just getting started, you're going to want to plan ahead in order to have a successful football season. We here at Friendly Honda want to help you make the most of your tailgating time, so here's a list of our favorite tailgating essentials.
  • If you want to tailgate properly, you're going to need good food. Get ready to cook with a portable grill, grilling utensils and a high-quality cooler.
  • You can make a kit of paper plates, plastic utensils and other disposable items that will make eating…
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Basic Technical Details of Auto Suspension Systems

An automotive suspension system is designed to dissipate vibrations from the wheels. Even when rolling on a smooth highway that's covered in asphalt or concrete, the tires are still exposed to significant forces. Without a suspension system, you and any other occupants in the moving vehicle would experience some harsh shocks from all angles. Fortunately, springs and dampers are powerful enough to resist the major impacts between the tires and the ground.

Coil springs and leaf springs are some of the most common installations in contemporary passenger cars. 
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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Choosing to clean your tires is a simple yet effective way to improve your vehicle’s maintenance. Tire cleaning can be done during any season: winter, summer, spring, and fall. It is especially important to clean your tires during the winter season. During the winter, stubborn snow can become stuck between your tire’s axle and the tire, which causes friction. Cleaning your tires only takes minutes to do and can be easy if you follow these tips.

Effective tire cleaning starts with having the correct tools for the job. You will need a microfiber towel, sponge, and soapy water…
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How Towing Capacity Differs From Payload Capacity

Many of our customers at Friendly Honda come to us looking for trucks that can handle tough jobs. When you're shopping for a truck, there are many factors you'll have to consider. This includes payload and towing capacities, which are two distinct measures.

Payload capacity is the amount of weight your truck can carry. This refers to everything that may be in the cabin, in the truck bed, and on any roof rails. When trucks are manufactured, they're given a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) to indicate how heavy it can be when loaded down with cargo…
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Changing a Flat Tire

Few things can be as frustrating as discovering you have a flat tire, especially when you’re away from home. Knowing how to change a tire can take a little of the stress away from the situation. Stop at Friendly Honda and allow us to assist you or offer advice on changing flat tires.
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• Park the car on the side of the road with the emergency brake on.
• Get spare tire, jack and necessary tools out of the trunk.
• Loosen lug nuts
• Jack up the vehicle
• Remove lug nuts and tire
• Put on the spare tire
• Tighten lug nuts
• Lower…
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Restoring Your Headlights

Restoring your headlights is a great way to increase visibility when driving at night. It can be a lengthy process, but following the below steps will help you get through it.

Start by carefully taping the area surrounding the headlights with painters' tape. This protects the rest of your car from getting scratched up. Wipe the surface of the headlights off with a rag to remove any visible dirt or dust. Use a high-grit piece of sandpaper that has been wetted with water to scrub the surface of the headlight. You are trying to get the top layer of grime…
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Avoiding Salt Corrosion

It is inevitable that you will have to drive your vehicle during the winter. This means that you are bound to encounter your fair share of road salt, especially right before and after a snow storm.

Take care to wash the road salt off your car as quickly as you can after the storm has cleared. You should never attempt to wash your vehicle when the temperature is below freezing outside because this can further damage the paint on your car's exterior.

A great way to prevent road salt from corroding the paint off your car is to have…
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How to Tell if Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

You want to drive safely down the roads of Poughkeepsie. To ensure this happens, you need to make sure you have good tires on your vehicle. There are a few ways to know if you need to replace your tires.

Take a good look at your tires. If your tread is worn, they may even be bald in certain areas. You may even have cords showing on the sides of the tires.

If your car s shaking or you can see cracks in the rubber, it’s another sign that your tires are old. You don’t want to drive…

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