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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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The Ins and Outs of Blind Spot Monitoring Systems

In a quest to put ever-safer vehicles on the road, more and more auto manufacturers are equipping their new car, truck and van models with blind spot monitoring technology. Keep reading to find out how these safety control systems can benefit you and your family.

All vehicles come standard with rear-view and side mirrors that allow the driver to see an approaching vehicle in an adjacent lane. However, it’s possible for an approaching vehicle to be located in a spot that’s not visible in any mirror.  

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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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Take Necessary Steps Toward Preventing Vehicle Theft

If you are concerned with your vehicle being stolen, there are some very simple tips that can go a long way towards preventing a theft. These are in addition to the vehicle you choose coming with some great safety technology features. Let's take a look:

Think about where you park your vehicle for the day. If you're situated in a monitored parking ramp, this is the place to be. If not, stick to someplace that is well-lit and in view of the street where people are going by frequently. 

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Tire Tread and Pressure Maintenance and Service Tips

If you are looking to perform routine maintenance on your tires, there are a few different parts of your tires that you should monitor. Your overall tire tread is very important. When the tread wears down too low, this can compromise the grip that you have on the road. This poses quite the safety risk. Also be sure that your tread is wearing down at the same rate.

As for tire pressure, make sure that your tires has the recommended amount of air them as outlined by the manufacturer. There will be times that you need to add additional air…

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Keep the Wheels at the Same Speed

When you're driving on a road, the differential allows for driving the wheels of the vehicle while also making them rotate at the various speeds of which you drive. The RPMs of the wheels will be proportional so that there is an equal speed between the tires, whether they are turning or going straight.

If the differential is damaged, there are a few signs that you might notice. You might hear a shrill or whining noise while you're decelerating. You could also hear a whining sound while you're accelerating over a small speed. Sometimes, there will be…

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The Importance of Your Car's Timing Belt

Our team at Ed Martin Acura shares a goal to help you stay informed about keeping your vehicle in exceptional condition. An important piece of equipment that is included in your car is its timing belt. When the timing belt goes bad, your vehicle will suddenly shut down and can result in expensive repairs if the engine becomes damaged. Learn more about your vehicle's timing belt by reading our content below.

You should have your timing belt changed routinely, which is typically between 60,000 to 100,000 miles. Check your owner's manual for specific guidelines on how…

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Learn About Your Vehicle's Alternator

Your automobile's charging system consists of the battery, starter, and alternator. The alternator is important because it helps the battery stay charged when the vehicle is running. In addition, it also helps to keep your vehicle's electrical components, such as the windshield wipers, working. Here at Ed Martin Acura, we want to help you stay informed about your vehicle, which can extend its life, so we have included some information about your vehicle's alternator below. 

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What is ASE Certification?

ASE (National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certification is more than just a sign you’ll see when you visit an automotive service center. It’s a testament that their mechanics have been certified by a company that promotes excellence in automotive service, repair and parts. At Ed Martin Acura, we have ASE-certified service technicians ready to help you.

When an automotive service technician is ASE certified, it means that the individual has sufficient work experience and/or a degree in automotive repair and has passed certification exams created by professionals in 

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The Crucial Importance of Regular Fuel System Service

Comprehensive fuel system service is a must. You simply cannot overlook it and have a vehicle that runs efficiently or even safely. There are a number of important benefits associated with regular fuel system service.

Appropriately times fuel system service optimizes fuel efficiency. This saves you money and also benefits the environment more generally.

Regular fuel system service optimizes the functionality of the engine. It also extends the operational life of your engine and prevents different issues that arise in the absence of proper service and maintenance.

 

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