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Put Your Child Safely and Securely in Their Car Seat

Don't you want your child to be as safe as possible when driving in the car? An improperly installed safety seat can leave your child vulnerable in the case of an accident. With these steps you will have a happier, safer child while travelling:

Choose the Correct Car Seat

Making sure that you read all the directions is crucial when installing a safety seat. If your child is 6 months old, there is no reason why you should have them sitting in a car seat that is designed for a 1-year-old. 

 

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Advice for Using a Roof Rack

At Ed Martin Acura, we believe it should be stress-free to add extra cargo space to your vehicle. Adding a roof rack to the car that you drive around the country can let you carry a cargo box or attach sporting equipment with ease.

What Should You Know About Roof Rack Weight Limits?

The roof of your car has a certain weight limit that must be respected. This weight might be less than the rating of your rack, so be sure to understand both numbers before loading your cargo. When you're not using your rack, removing it will increase…

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How Does a Car Alternator Work?

Our Ed Martin Acura team boasts its fair share of auto enthusiasts who love discussions of all things auto parts. The alternator is arguably among the most important and unsung of all auto parts. How does a car alternator work actually? Read on to find out.

Keeping Your Car Battery Charged

An alternator is a generator. Using mechanical energy from your vehicle's motion, say, as it's traveling over roads in your neighborhood, your alternator creates electrical energy your car uses to power its electrical systems. 

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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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Reduce Glare With These Two Tips

There are a couple of times during the day when the sun can make glare almost impossible to see through. Sunrise and sunset tend to make seeing much more difficult. At Ed Martin Acura, we want you to have all of the strategies that you can get to ensure that you get from one point to the next safely. We've come up with a few driving tips to reduce glare.

First of all, clean both the inside and outside of the windshield. Dirt creates a haze that makes it more difficult to see through when driving into the sun…

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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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