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Learn About Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Have you heard of motor oil viscosity ratings but are unsure of what they mean? If so, we can help. At Honda of Ames, we strive to keep you informed about how your vehicle functions, which is why we invite you to read our summary below that explains motor oil viscosity ratings.

The viscosity rating is how well the motor oil can resist flow. For instance, a motor oil with a high viscosity rating is much thicker than a motor oil with a low viscosity rating. The number and W on the bottle is how you determine its viscosity 

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Using Temporary and Full-Sized Spares

Automobiles come with a spare tire. Today, many cars have a compact tire or “donut’’ spare. The difference is important. Full-sized spares look like the regular tires and operate at normal speeds. Temporary spares are smaller than regular tires and usually have limits for speed and distance.

Ames-area drivers know the importance of a good spare tire. When using a donut or temporary spare, the size and capacity is different from a regular tire and requires extra care. Drivers must watch their speeds and not use the tire longer than needed to carry out a repair or full-sized replacement.
 

 

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Discover How to Remove Badges from Your Vehicle

In about the same time as it takes to finish a TV show, you can give your car a new look. Removing a badge from your car helps it stand out from the crowd and leaves people guessing as to what type of car you have.

The first step is to determine whether the badge is attached with clips or adhesive. If it uses clips, you should be able to simply pop the badge off and cover the holes and then repaint the area. If the car uses adhesive to hold the badge, then you likely won't have to…
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The Dangers of a Damaged Timing Belt

If you hear a high-pitched squealing whenever you start your vehicle, you may be having issues with your timing belt. This component plays an important role in how your engine operates. It's important to maintain the timing belt and get it replaced regularly to avoid costly damage.

The timing belt synchronizes the camshaft and crankshaft. These two parts work to operate the engine's valves and to move its pistons. When your timing belt becomes damaged, it can snap off. This renders your engine ineffective. Your engine can suddenly stop, even if you're on the road. 

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Care for Your Vehicle by Touching Up Its Paint

Honda of Ames is here to help you understand how to take care of your vehicle. If you have a scratch on your vehicle's exterior, we want you to know how to paint over that and repair it.

It is important for you to clean the place on your vehicle where you have noticed a scratch and for you to sand down that area before you get started touching up the paint. You should also be careful to find the paint that is going to be an exact match to your vehicle, the kind of paint that was made…
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Truck Carrying Capacity Versus Towing Capacity

Are you confused between the differences between a truck's towing capacity rating and the carrying capacity? At Honda of Ames, we believe everyone should understand their truck so that they can properly use it without causing damage.

A truck's carrying capacity refers to the amount of weight that it can carry on the chassis. This includes passengers in the cab and anything that is being carried in the bed. This number is generally much lower than the towing capacity of a truck, and mixing up the two numbers can cause someone to overload their truck.

To ensure that…

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Is Your Car Ready to Go Back to School?

Dropping multiple students at different schools can not only be time-consuming but also hard on your car. It’s that time of year again to get your vehicle checked out and make sure it’s ready for all that additional driving.

Take a glance at your dashboard and see if you have any warning lights on that have been ignored lately. It’s easy to stop by Honda of Ames and see what those lights are telling you. We can also recommend the best service and maintenance to keep your vehicle in working order.

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Here's what you need to know about paint chips and your vehicle

Are you worried about taking care of your new vehicle? Are you concerned that you might accidentally chip your paint? Are you nervous about how to proceed if your paint does become chipped? Don't stress. You have options.

What many vehicle owners don't realize is that paint chips are very simple to fix and repair. It doesn't take much to paint and repair small chips in your vehicle's exterior. You'll need to clean the area around the chip thoroughly before you paint the damaged spot, though. 

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Simple Tips to Get Your Car Ready for the Upcoming School Year

A little bit of preventative maintenance will help you avoid a wide variety of problems while out on the road. Here is a look at a few steps that you can take to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming school year.

The first step in this process is contacting the service department here at Honda of Ames to schedule a checkup. We can also help you take care of scheduled maintenance such as changing the oil, topping off fluids, and rotating the tires. 

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Provide Extra Security with the Roof Rack

Roof racks are not only good for carrying extra luggage, but they do a good job at protecting it during your long journeys as well. However, there are some extra things you can do to make the roof racks even more secure than they already are.

After closing the cargo bag or box, you can use cam buckle straps to provide extra security. They are very inexpensive straps that will tie down the cargo to the rack. After hooking the straps onto the rack, you crank the cam buckle to tighten everything together. We suggest using a total of four…

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