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Simple Instructions for Safely Fixing a Flat Tire

The conditions of today's roadways almost guarantees that you'll eventually pick up a nail or other debris that causes a flat tire. You can save time and money by learning how to safely fix a flat tire yourself rather than calling a tow truck or automobile repair service.

Our service technicians at Honda of Frontenac in Saint Louis recommend the following do-it-yourself steps for safely getting back on the road after a flat. Park on a paved flat surface and apply the parking brake. Remove the jack, spare tire and other tools from your trunk.

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Motor Oil Viscosity: What Does It All Mean?

Motor oil viscosity ratings are an important thing to understand. Motor oil is essential for proper engine function. Choosing the wrong option can cause unnecessary wear on the engine's numerous components.

An oil's viscosity rating indicates how thick the product is. A lower rating means that the oil is thin and flows easily. On the other hand, higher ratings mean that the oil is thick. Generally, thin oil is best suited for cold environments. Any oil will thicken up once the temperature drops. 

 

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Getting the Best Deal When You're Buying a Used Car

When you're shopping for a used car, you may have to negotiate the price. While it may sound stressful, this process can help you save a lot of money. We want you to make an informed purchasing decision, so here are some haggling tips that you can use.

Before you start talking to a dealership, you need to know the value of the vehicle you're interested in. There are plenty of resources available online. With this information, you can make an offer. It's a good idea to start lower than the value. This will help you gauge…

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How to Debadge Your Car

An informed car owner is a good car owner, which makes it all the more important to know a few basic things about the maintenance of your automobile. For instance, one useful skill to have is to know how to debadge your car without creating long-term damage to the car's body. This means to take the imprinted logo plate off of it along with any residue left behind when it goes.

First, find out how the badge stays stuck to the car. If it has adhesive, soften it with hot water before using adhesive remover. However, if the plate…
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Payload Versus Towing Capacity: What's the Difference?

When you're loading your truck, it's important to make sure you understand the difference between the towing capacity and the payload capacity. Both ratings are based on the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, but mistaking the two could lead to a cracked truck frame and expensive repair.

The towing capacity refers to the weight that the truck can tow behind it. Towing is much easier on the frame of the truck, and the rating is based largely on the strength of the engine and functionality of the transmission. Meanwhile, the payload capacity is the weight that can be placed…

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Taking Care of Scratches and Dents

If there is one thing that is going to be inevitable as time goes on, it is scratches and dents on your vehicle. While vehicles are naturally going to degrade in appearance over time, there are certain occasions when a vehicle gets a nasty dent or a scratch. In this case, there are a few steps you can take to get rid of the dent.

Before getting started, you have to make sure that the damage is not so severe that you have to take it to get serviced. For the smaller scratches and dents, wash and dry your vehicle…

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How to Choose the Right Car: Things to Consider

One of the most interesting aspects of buying a used car is finding a car. When looking for the right used car, there are a lot of different things to consider so that you can get in the car that is best suited to you.

Among the things to consider when choosing a used car is what you are going to use it for. Another thing to consider is how often you are going to use it. If you are a heavy driver, then you may want to make sure that your vehicle can handle it. If you are going…

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Get Your Car Ready For Your Busy Fall

The fall season is full of changes. It's back-to-school time, and that can be busy for parents, teachers and students heading back to college. That means it's also a time full of heavy use of your car, and you know how important it is to have a reliable vehicle for the season. By taking care of your car, you can be sure to enjoy a great, busy autumn.

Make sure your car is stocked up with all the essentials you'll need in any occasion: have a spare tire on board, pack a flashlight, carry an ice scraper…

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Why You Should Own An SUV

Lately we are in an SUV boom- everybody wants to drive one! Even with the unpredictability of gas prices, people love all the perks of an SUV. Here we discuss several reasons to purchase an SUV.

Simply put, you can do so much more with an SUV versus a smaller vehicle. For one, it will fit more people- perfect for larger families. They also have more space, allowing you to carry more, as most SUVs have a large trunk and second or third row seats that lay flat. Need to go off-roading? You have that option too. Most are also…

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Great Road Trip Games

Road trips often become long and boring for younger passengers. When bored, the complaining, whining and fighting begins. Take the monotony out of road trips and help pass the time between stops by playing some games designed for road trips. “I spy” is a time-honored favorite that kids of all ages can play. With a pad of paper and a writing tool, older kids compete with each other while spotting license plates.

The alphabet game gets young minds thinking. The game involves going through the alphabet by creating a sentence using a name, place and thing starting with the same…

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