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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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Trade in or Refinance Your Vehicle with Friendly Honda

If you’re looking for ways to lighten your financial load, refinancing or trading in your vehicle are two options that you should definitely consider. Keep reading to learn more about both so that you can pick the direction that’s right for you.

Both refinancing and trading in can serve to lower your monthly out-of-pocket payments, but they do so in different ways. Refinancing simply stretches out your remaining payments over a longer period of time. Trading in allows the owner to take advantage of the equity that's been built up in one auto by using it to…

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Buying a Used Car for Your Teen

Most families can't afford to buy a brand-new car with all of the latest safety bells and whistles for their teen. That doesn't mean, however, that you still can't buy a good vehicle with your new driver's safety in mind. Here's what to look for when choosing a pre-owned vehicle.

Look for cars that originally had high safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). One safety feature the car should have is electronic stability control (ESC), which helps maintain control on curves and slippery…

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Apple CarPlay is the Future of Vehicle Technology

Apple CarPlay delivers the technological advancements drivers appreciate. If you want hands-free options to access music, phones, a GPS, or many other apps, Apple CarPlay provides the gateway. Apple put much effort into the CarPlay experience. The features and functions contribute to the system's immense popularity.

Access to the popular Siri system allows users to dictate messages. The world is a busy place. Multitasking becomes unavoidable. Dictating notes through Siri in conjunction with Apple CarPlay allows for getting the word out and things done.

 

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Discerning Between Summer Tires and All-Season Tires

If you're in the market for a new set of tires, there are a few different types that you can select from. Depending on where you live, how often you drive your vehicle and the type of terrain that you drive on most often, this will help you determine what you should invest in. The two main types of tires that you can select from are summer tires and all-season tires. Let's take a look at their differences.

All-season tires are a purchase that will last you throughout the year. You won't have to change your tires…
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