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Choosing Between All-Season and Winter Tires

Remember how back in the day drivers bought summer tires for the summer and winter tires for the winter? With the addition of all-season tires, tire-buying suddenly appears a lot more complicated. We at Thompson's Honda want to take the complication out of tire buying and help you to make an informed decision on which tries to buy.

All-season tires are a great option if you live in an area where you don’t get icy conditions and heavy snowfall. Although they will drive in these conditions, you’ll get better traction and handling with winter tires. 
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Discover Today’s Hatchbacks at Thompson's Honda

Choosing your next vehicle is an important decision, and here at Thompson's Honda we want you to make an informed vehicle purchase. When you are considering whether to make a hatchback your next purchase, there are many good reasons to give one a try.

Whether you are looking for more cargo space or just a more stylish vehicle, a hatchback might be a good choice for you. Modern hatchbacks are a far cry from the station wagons of yesterday. The length of current hatchbacks is shorter, now offering a more stylish look.

In addition to their appearance, hatchbacks boost…
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The Importance of Finding a Good Mechanic for Your Vehicle

When you invest in a new vehicle, there are a number of maintenance and repair needs that you will have over the next few years. If you want to make sure that this maintenance and repairs are done correctly, you will want to find a good mechanic to service your vehicle on an ongoing basis. Some of the qualities of a reputable mechanic will include:
  • Knowledge of various makes and models of vehicle, not just one specific brand
  • Flexibility when it comes to different days and times of availability for service needs
  • Many years of experience in the industry and…
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Find Out What Oil Viscosity Means for Your Vehicle

Oil viscosity is an important term you should understand before servicing your vehicle. Choosing the right viscosity is essential to the proper functioning of your vehicle under certain conditions. Learn how you can get the right viscosity for your needs.

In general terms, oil viscosity describes how fast an oil can move. A thicker viscosity will move slow, while thinner versions will flow fast. Therefore, a lower, or thinner viscosity is recommended for cold weather. This ensures that the engine can start faster in low temperatures. Conversely, a higher viscosity is 

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Driving With a Compact Temporary Spare Tire

Today, many automakers take advantage of small form spare tires to save space and reduce the weight of their latest models. Compact spare tires occupy about one-half the space of a full-sized tire. Compact spares are only temporary. They do not operate at normal speeds and should not be used over long distances. Compact spares can get the vehicle home or to a nearby repair facility.

Terre Haute drivers know that the small size of the compact tire causes changes in some vehicle functions. Compact tires can interfere with gas mileage, braking, steering, and the speedometer.

 

 

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Apple CarPlay Allows Hands-Free Smartphone Use

One of the best perks of getting a new or late model pre-owned car is the ability to stay connected with the rest of the world while you are in your vehicle. Apple CarPlay is one of the most popular in-vehicle technologies available as it allows you to use your Apple smartphone in a hands-free manner so you can concentrate on driving.

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Learn More About Car Alternators

Many people have the preconceived notion that the battery powers the electricity in their car. However, this is not the case. The alternator generates energy while the car is running so that the battery can be charged. Understanding how your vehicle works and having a better understanding of what the alternator does can help you make more informed decisions about your car.

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Suspension

A problem with your suspension can be a big deal for your vehicle. If you suspect that something is amiss with your vehicle then you should immediately bring it into Thompson's Honda. Our service technicians can diagnose a variety of problems in a short amount of time and can make the necessary repairs, getting you back on the road in no time. Some things to watch out for can include:
  • Your tires are wearing down at an uneven rate.
  • The air pressure in your tires is not wearing down evenly. You may have one or more tires that are…
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Payload and Towing Capacity

When you are going to pull a trailer with your truck or SUV or when you are going to transport a load within the bed of your truck or inside your vehicle, it is vital that you understand the difference between your vehicle's payload capacity and its towing capacity. Pulling too much weight or carrying too much weight can damage the vehicle's suspension.

The payload capacity of your vehicle is the amount of weight that your vehicle can hold within itself. On the other hand, your vehicle's towing capacity is the amount of weight that it can…
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Making Sure Your Car is Going to Start

A car is great to have. However, a car that won't start can be a nightmare. Often times, it seems like a car stops working out of the blue. In many cases, this is because some of the signs have been ignored. For instance, the starter is going to have signs that it is going to stop working.

One sign that the starter is getting ready to quit is grinding noise. 

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