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The Convenience of Android Auto

At one time, the only means of communicating with the outside world while driving involved listening to the radio or talking on a CB. Today, vehicle owners enjoy the convenience of linking their smartphones or other mobile devices directly with the infotainment system.

By downloading the Android Auto app, drivers and occupants have access to the virtual Google Assistant. Find maps to help you navigate the journey. Learn about weather conditions, obtain traffic reports or road hazards up ahead.  

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Get Your Brakes Fixed

You may think nothing of a sound when you brake. It could be a small squeal or even a loud screech. If you ignore this problem for too long, you may end up with more issues than you wanted to deal with. This is because it’s likely that your brake pads are wearing down. Once this happens, your rotors will start to grind on each other. This metal-on-metal grinding produces warped rotors, which will have to be replaced.

There are a few other things that you shouldn’t ignore when it comes to brake repairs. For example, if you…

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A Bad Idea to Drive Winter Tires in Warmer Seasons

If you are thinking about keeping your winter tires on during the warmer seasons, then you have to consider that there is a lot of harm that can come with driving on these types of tires during the warmer seasons. They will not work well during the warmer seasons.

For one thing, the winter tires are designed with deeper treads which are actually more effective. This is so that the tires can bite into the snow and make sure that the vehicle maintains traction during colder weather. The snow tires are more flexible in trading for the winter. 

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What is the Difference Between an Oversteer and Understeer?

One of the things we like to do at Tim Short Acura is to help educate our customers so they understand when there is trouble with their vehicle. Today we discuss what it means when your vehicle has a severe understeer or oversteer.

When your vehicle has an understeer, you can turn the wheel all you want, but the car seems to drift off the road. What happens here is you are turning the wheel correctly, but the wheel;s continue to plow forward and you keep winding up taking turns too wide and slide off the road. 

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Blind Spot Monitors Can Keep You Safer

When you're traveling around town, things can change at any time. Not only do you have to look out for objects in front of you, but you also have to be aware of vehicles in your blind spot. With a blind spot monitor, you can gain an extra pair of eyes. These systems are available on many of the vehicles at Tim Short Acura.

Blind spot monitoring systems use sensors embedded in vehicles. These sensors detect the presence of vehicles in your blind spot, and they can then alert you so that hopefully you don't change lanes at…

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Icy Road Driving - Correcting A Rear Wheel Slide

Icy road driving can be a bit dangerous, and this is one of the main reasons you need to stay extra careful when out there on the roads in the winter. When the vehicle hits that exact spot that might have black ice, sometimes the rear wheel slide effect is inevitable. The key that changes everything is how you respond to this response.

It is time to tap into your inner Qi and calm yourself. Focus, and respond accordingly. Slowly bring your foot off that gas pedal and whatever you do, never put on the brakes. 

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Surviving in the Winter With Your Car

While it may not be that common to take long trips in your vehicle in any time of the year, there are times when you might be in your car for a long time. Therefore, you must put together a kit made of everything you need so that you can survive these extended periods.

For your vehicle, you are going to have to be extra prepared for certain circumstances. Among the things you need to be prepared are extra jumper cables and extra batteries. Don't forget a good supply of food. Having multi-purpose tools is also a good way…

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The Purpose of Your Vehicle's Differential

It is important to us at Tim Short Acura to help you keep your vehicle running well, which is why we take the time to provide you with information that can help you do just that. A differential is an important part of your vehicle, but what is it? Let's find out below.

Your differential is a gearbox that is found between the drive wheels on your vehicle. In most cases, four-wheel drive vehicles will come equipped with a front and rear differential. A differential works with your vehicle's transmission system to deliver power from the engine to…

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The Importance of Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

Here at Tim Short Acura, we believe that it is our responsibility to keep our friends and neighbors in the know about the most important aspects of vehicle construction and maintenance. With this in mind, we wanted to provide our valued customers with more information on their vehicle's timing belt.

Put simply, the timing belt is the mechanism that keeps a car's camshaft and crankshaft turning at a consistent rate. In other words, your timing belt is an essential part of your vehicle's engine. If the timing belt were to fail, the entire car would likely shut…

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Explore the Differences Between Full-Size and Compact Spare Tires

Most vehicles that are currently on the market come equipped with a spare tire of some sort. This spare tire is located somewhere on or in your vehicle. If you experience a flat tire or other tire-related issue, you can switch that damaged tire out for your spare. This will give you some time to get your issue fixed. The type of spare tire that you have depends on the model vehicle. Some vehicles come equipped with a full-size spare tire. There are other models that come with a compact temporary option.

A compact temporary tire shouldn't be driven…

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