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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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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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Impact Tests Help Buyers Make Good Decisions

Taking a look at safety information and crash data can help you make an informed decision when purchasing a car.

Both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) perform a variety of impact and other safety tests on all vehicles and provide the information publicly. If you see a star rating, the test was conducted by the NHTSA, which is a federal government agency. Single stars mean poor performance while five stars indicate the best safety results....
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