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Staying Warm While Waiting For Help On The Road

Incidents can occur at any time when you're driving in Ames. If they occur in the winter months, then the situation can turn severe as the temperature can drop in a short time. An emergency kit for your car can include items that you might need if you're stranded on the road.

Flashlights and flares can be used to signal to other drivers that you're on the side of the road. You can also use the flashlights to try to make repairs to your vehicle so that you can get back on the road. You can get…

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Winter vs. All-season Tires

Some vehicle owners prefer to change tire types when the weather changes. Others prefer using all-season tires regardless of the year. There are differences and benefits between the two. When needing tire repair or replacement, schedule a visit with one of our Honda of Ames garage technicians.

All-season tires are versatile and created to function in various conditions. They are acceptable on wet roads or mild winter conditions. However, the tires do not function optimally in the heat of summer or during extreme winter weather. During these times, the tires do not 

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The 2020 Honda Odyssey Is Family-Friendly

The 2020 Honda Odyssey is just right for families. It has unique features that are explicitly designed to make the trip more enjoyable for all family members. Honda of Ames has a selection of 2020 Honda Odyssey models that are ready for a family road trip.

The 2020 Honda Odyssey has a rear entertainment system with a 10.2-inch display. It allows programming for second and third-row passengers to make the trip a bit more fun. It is compatible with Blu-Ray, CD and DVD. It will also accept HDMI and USB input. CabinWatch allows you to enable a camera to…
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Connect Your Mobile Devices With the 2020 Honda Accord

Vehicles like the 2020 Honda Accord at Honda of Ames are designed to take care of all of your needs. Given that the world is connected to networks, you could benefit from being connected as well. Fortunately, the connectivity features of the 2020 Honda Accord make sure that you are able to get the information you need for you travels.

The 2020 Honda Accord offers you Apple CarPlay which enables you to access apps for navigation and entertainment. You are also able to get access to audible text messages so that you can avoid running into problems while you are…

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Is Your Spare Tire in Good Working Order?

Since a new driving season is approaching, it's a great time to be prepared by checking your spare tire. If you're currently using the compact spare tire provided with the vehicle, you might want to consider upgrading to a full-sized spare tire.

A full-sized spare tire is rotated with the normal tires to ensure even treading and wear. It provides you with an extra tire in an emergency, and you won't have to rush to the dealership for a replacement tire or drive at significantly reduced speeds. It's important; however, that you remember to replace the…
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Pay Attention to Your Tire Pressure. It Matters for the Safety of Your Vehicle

Many people hear the alert sound in their vehicle that lets the driver know the tire pressure in one or more tires isn't quite right. Unfortunately, many people choose to ignore this alert. It's not safe to keep driving on tires that are not inflated properly. Too little air, or too much air can lead to a very dangerous situation. Tire pressure matters more than you know.

People assume they can just fill up their tire with plenty of air and move on. In fact, too much air isn't a good situation to be in. You could…
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Tailgating Tips You Need Today

Here at Honda of Ames, we want you to enjoy your pickup truck to the fullest, and that includes being ready for tailgate season! We have included tons of tips for you to use so your tailgate party is ready for anything!

Most of your food can be prepped for grilling the night before. Kebabs can be loaded onto skewers and marinated, and hamburger patties can be shaped and packed between sheets of wax paper. Disposable foil pans are great for packing and transporting these, as you can toss them after use leaving you with less to clean up...
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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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