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Seeking Automotive Headlight Service

With so many brands and types of headlights to choose from, it can become overwhelming to take on routine headlight service by yourself. That's why we here at Honda of Ames encourage you to bring your vehicle into our location if you feel your vehicle isn't illuminating the road for you properly. We have a number of maintenance options that we can consider. This includes things like:
  • Changing out worn out bulbs for something that is newer and brighter. We have many different options you can select from that include different colors and brightness options.
  • It might be…
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Tips for Cleaning Tires

We can easily take our tires for granted, but they are the only point of contact our vehicle has with the road, so they should be cared for regularly to keep them performing their best. Every time you apply the brakes, minute amounts of metal shavings and carbon fibers fly off, some of them getting stuck in the grease around your tire. This mixture is highly corrosive and will damage metal surfaces.

Clean your tires with a dedicated tire soap, lathering it well and letting particularly dirty areas soak. Rinse with a strong jet of water, then use a terry…
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The Story Behind Payload and Towing Capacities

If you're a truck owner, you've likely heard the terms "payload" and "towing capacity." However, do you know what these terms mean? At Honda of Ames, we want to ensure you know all you can about your vehicle, which is why we offer this brief explanation of these often-confusing terms.

Payload refers to what you can haul in the truck itself. The strength of the materials the truck is built from influences the payload limit and this limit includes everything from passengers to pea gravel. The towing capacity of a truck is what the vehicle can tow in…
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Good Reasons to Change Your Tires When the Seasons Change

At Honda of Ames, we understand that it can be tempting to drive on your winter tires throughout the year. You may think that you can save money by just using that one set of tires each year. In some cases, the thought of having to spend time putting on and taking off tires is too much to bear.

However, it is important to use winter tires during the winter and summer tires during the summer. This is because they are made of different compounds that are formulated to handle the specific road conditions that you are likely to face…

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Avoiding Problems With Your Car's Tires

Avoiding a tire blowout depends largely on your ability to properly maintain your tires. If you notice a slow leak or think that you have debris in the tread, pull over and attempt to confirm your suspicions. It can also be a good idea to check air pressure with a manual or digital gauge.

Proper inflation is crucial because tires that don't have enough air in them can grip the road too well. An increase in friction can cause heat that can eventually cause the tire to tear or shred instantly.

If you see a cut, scrape or other…

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Prepare for Rainy Days on the Road

Rain is inevitable from time to time. The roads can get rough, so there are a few tips that can keep you a bit safer. At Honda of Ames, we want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to be safe.

You should always be aware of the amount of water on the road. If you slam on your brakes, you’re more likely to hydroplane. Instead, try to brake slowly. If you do end up skidding in the rain, keep your steering wheel and your eyes pointed towards where the car is heading.

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How to Apply the Wax to Your Vehicle

When it comes to car wax, one important piece of information is how it should be applied. The effectiveness of the car wax is dependent on how it is applied. Therefore, you are going to have to exercise a little bit of precision on how the wax is applied to your vehicle.

When applying the wax, you want to apply it in small and even circles. You want to have a good amount of wax. This means you don't want to put too little wax on the car. You also don't want to put too much wax on…

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Move Over Laws

Informed drivers are also usually the safest drivers on the road. That is why we here at Honda of Ames want to be sure that you are aware that all 50 states have move over laws which require specific things from drivers when they come across emergency vehicles.

First, its is always required that you pull into the other lane if there are multiple lanes to ensure that the emergency vehicle is given plenty of room to do their jobs. Additionally, many states also require that you slow down when passing emergency vehicles that have their lights on. This ensures…
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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

At Honda of Ames, we want to make sure you’re safe on the road. If you get a flat tire, knowing how to get the spare on will make it easier to continue down the road. There are a few tips that can help you out.

First, gather all of the supplies that you need. This includes the spare tire, a car jack, a lug wrench, and a flashlight. You also want to make sure that you pull off to the side of the road or in a parking lot so that you can safely change the tire.

You…
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Ways to Protect Your Car from Salt Corrosion

With all the snow that’s been falling everywhere, the road crews have been busy throwing salt everywhere. In addition to always being available, salt is the most cost-effective de-icer, but it can do a lot of damage when it gets on your vehicle. Our professionals at Honda of Ames want you to be an informed driver who is ready for winter.

As much as some of us hate going through the car wash in the winter, it’s important to wash your car about once a week to keep off the salt. Try to wash your vehicle during the…
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