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Oil Myths Debunked

We here at Tim Short Acura want to be sure that you as a car owner are as informed as possible. That is why we want to debunk some common myths about motor oil so that you can get the most out of your car.

The first, and perhaps most widely spread myth about motor oil is that it needs to be changed once every 3,000 miles that are driven. This is not true for all vehicles. In fact, some cars can go up to 10,000 miles without needing an oil change. The place to see how far…

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Replacing a Flat Tire

No one ever wants to go through the headache of dealing with a flat tire, but you can get yourself out of that jam easier than you might think. You will need an inflated spare tire, jack, lug wrench and possibly your owner's manual.

Once you are in a safe location, turn on your hazard lights. You should also make sure that the parking brake is on. Put the wheel wedge on the opposite end of the car you are working on. Remove the hubcap with the lug wrench. Loosen the lug nuts using the lug wrench. Place the…

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The Best Ways to Avoid Hydroplaning in Your Vehicle

Driving your car can become more difficult when it's raining out. Roads can become slippery from the water, especially when combined with any oil that is on the surface. To avoid hydroplaning while you are driving, pay attention to road conditions and slow down to stay safe on the road.

Have your tires rotated on a regular basis? Visit our service center at Tim Short Acura to learn more about tire maintenance and have your tire tread checked. If your tires are too worn or the pressure is low, this can cause your car to hydroplane more easily.

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Don’t Forget about the Slow Down and Move Over Laws

Most people know what to do when they are being followed by the flashing lights of a police car, but surprisingly, very few know what to do when they are approaching a police car that has its lights on at the side of the road. According to a report released by the National Safety Commission, nearly 71 of all US drivers have no clue what a Move Over law is.

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Belts And Hoses In Your Vehicle Keep Everything In Working Order

There are a ton of moving parts under the hood of your car. That is why we here at Tim Short Acura want to be sure that you understand the basics of how all those moving pieces come together to make your car work.

Belts and hoses are the main sources of movement under the hood. Belts act as a pulley for gears while hoses transport fluids from one place to another. Because belts are typically made of rubber, they can dry out and break if they are subject to frequently high temperatures. If you see liquid pooling under your…
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How Could a Full Tank of Gas Cause a Difference in Cold Weather?

One of the simplest things that you can do today to make winter travel safer is to top off the gas tank often. The things that will happen with a full tank can make winter travel a little easier this year. Imagine what happens to the car when you come in contact with black ice. The rear tires lose contact with the road, and your vehicle could slide into oncoming traffic. The full gas tank does add some considerable weight to the car, so the rear tires can better grip the road surface.

If condensation forms in the gas tank…

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How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed?

Finally. Real answers about oil changes for your car. It's pretty common to hear the statement about having your oil changed every 3,000 miles. In fact, you've probably heard that the entire time you've been driving.

Car enthusiasts are now shedding some light on this situation. For the normal driver, having your oil changed every 5,000 miles is perfectly acceptable. A normal driver is described as someone driving their car for daily commuting (generally less than 50 miles per day), and normal errands are taken into consideration for this.

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There Is a Difference Between All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive

With all of the crossover vehicles, trucks, and SUV's on the road today, it is safe to say that the off-road capable vehicle is more popular now than ever before. But before you decide on which vehicle to purchase next, it is important to understand that some are offered in all-wheel drive, while others are offered in four-wheel drive. There is a difference there, and understanding that difference will help you to make an informed decision.

All-wheel drive vehicles operate with all-wheel drive all of the time. As you drive, the vehicle keeps an eye on the traction at…

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Helpful Tips for Using Windshield Washer Fluid This Winter

Windshield washer fluid is primarily for cleaning, removing debris and windshield protection; however, manufacturers have added formulas and active ingredients so that drivers can get more benefits from the product.

Did you know that windshield washer fluid also acts as a de-icer? It’s actually very helpful with the South Charleston, WV morning cold-starts when warming up your vehicle. Instead of spending time scrapping your windshield while it’s freezing cold outside, it’s better to first use washer fluid by pumping a few blasts to your windshield.

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