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Keep Belts & Hoses in Good Repair to Avoid Breakdowns

Drivers who don't pay attention to the condition of the numerous belts and hoses that help keep their cars running smoothly often end up on the side of the road, waiting for an emergency repair truck. The technicians working hard in our Acura service department alert all of our customers whenever they notice belts or hoses that have cracks, breaks, or leaks.

Did you know that everything from the fuel line and the radiator to the air conditioner and the brakes depends upon having either a belt or hose connected to it to help it do its job? 

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Simple Cosmetic Problems Can Impact a Headlight's Intensity

When an automobile is parked underneath a tree or in direct sunlight, harsh environmental elements can cover various areas on its front or back headlights. If enough grime coats a headlight's housing, its bulb won't be able to produce bold, bright light, and other drivers on the road won't see the beam clearly from a distance. Headlight restoration is the solution to this problem, and you can get this type of service while visiting a reputable automotive maintenance shop.

Although LED and halogen bulbs are bright, they can't effectively shine through heavy grime.  

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Prevent Engine Trouble by Maintaining Your Radiator

You don't want to pay thousands of dollars for a new engine. Yet, that could happen if you fail to maintain your vehicle's radiator and coolant system. Preventive care of your radiator isn't difficult or costly. There are a couple of things to remember to do on a regular basis. You should have your radiator routinely flushed according to the recommended schedule provided in your vehicle's owner's manual.

The second thing to remember is to have various components of your cooling system checked for wear and tear. You can checked radiator hoses for leaks and…

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Timing Belts: What are They and Why Do They Matter?

Timing belts are a critical component of your vehicle and you may not even realize it. They help regulate the flow of air and gas into and out of your engine. That matters because you have to get the combination just right for the vehicle to run properly. Just a slight variation off and you can have serious mechanical problems on your hands.

There are a lot of important parts to any motor vehicle, but it is almost beyond argument that this is among one of the most important parts. If the timing belt starts to go out on your…

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Time to Renew Your Car for Spring

With spring in full swing, you may notice your travel bug becoming a little more insistent. At Ed Martin Acura, we want to ensure you can enjoy many happy miles ahead, whether you stay in town or travel across the country. To help with that, here are a few spring car care tips.

To prepare for the extra dust that's often associated with the warmer months, spring is a great time to replace your vehicle's air filters. New air filters will help your engine run more efficiently and keep the interior of your car smelling fresh. 

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Vehicle Knowledge: Let's Learn About Gaskets

We make it a priority to keep our customers informed about their vehicles. Your vehicle has hundreds of gaskets that are used to seal two surfaces together. This will prevent fluids and gases from leaking and mixing.

There are many kinds of gaskets, which include head gaskets, intake multifold gaskets, exhaust multifold gaskets, and bearing gaskets. Gaskets are usually multi-surface steel, but they can also be made of copper, rubber, and other materials.  

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Car Washing 101

Our team at Ed Martin Acura has a goal to help our customers care for their vehicles. Keeping your car washed on a regular basis is necessary to maintain a visually pleasing exterior, which will increase its resale or trade-in value.

How often you should wash your vehicle depends on several factors. If you primarily keep your vehicle parked in a garage, and the weather where you live is mostly mild throughout the year, then washing your vehicle once a month is probably enough.  

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The Importance of Swapping Out Your Winter Tires for Warm Weather Ones

In order to stay safe while on the road in the winter, it is important that you have tires which provide enough grip. Winter tires are going to provide you with enough traction on snow covered roads, icy, slush, etc. While a new set of tires can be a big investment, there are ways that you can protect your tires. This will allow you to use them for years to come.

Winter tires should primarily be used during the months of the year that are very cold and snowy.  

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Spot the Difference Between an Oversteer and Understeer

One thing our team at Ed Martin Acura will do from time to time is pass along information that can make driving safer. Here are some of the ways to spot the differences between an oversteer and understeer in your vehicle.

When the car is dealing with an understeer, the vehicle will leave the road in many instances. As you turn the wheel, the tires tend to skid instead of turn, and your vehicle will drift into the shoulder and beyond, depending on the severity of this condition. The driver is going to basically have little response from the steering…

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What to Do And What to Avoid in a Front Wheel Skid

There are many types of skids that you need to know about so that you can apply the correct procedure in correcting the skid. There is the front-wheel skid and the rear-wheel skid as well as other types of skids that you need to know about.

When it comes to the front-wheel skid, you are going to have to lighten up on the accelerator at first. Then correct the path on the vehicle. For vehicles with manual transmission, you want to depress the clutch in order to work towards gaining control of your vehicle. Also, apply the brakes. 

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