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Putting Your Teen Driver in a Safe Vehicle

Teen drivers love the freedom they get behind the wheel. Their parents want them to enjoy that freedom, in a safe vehicle. One of the greatest pleasures our sales staff have here at Tim Short Acura is putting a teen driver in a vehicle that's fun as well as safe.

Here are some things to remember when buying a car for a teen driver. Avoid high horsepower. Many teens love to hit the gas pedal. Too much horsepower and an inexperienced driver can easily lose control. Go bigger and heavier.  

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How to Choose Whether to Refinance or Trade in Your Car

Trading in your vehicle is a good option for those who have a high monthly car payment and need to lower it immediately to avoid repossession. High payments cause anxiety, especially if you have suffered a financial loss. To get into a better situation, there are other options if you’d like to keep your current car, such as refinancing. Which one is the best for your situation? Well, it depends on the value and equity of your vehicle.

You build equity by paying every month on your vehicle. 

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Regular Car Washing Offers Attractive Benefits

No matter what make or model of car you drive, washing it on a regular basis pays big dividends. Whether customers at Tim Short Acura drive a new or pre-owned vehicle off our lot, we always recommend that they commit to washing it on a regular basis for a number of reasons.

A car represents one of the biggest investments that most people make in their lives. A clean, washed car not only protects its resale value, it also makes both the driver and the passengers feel good, whether using the vehicle for business or pleasure.  

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Spring is a Good Time for Car Maintenance

Once winter passes, many threats to your car's good looks go away. Don't assume, however, the spring months mean you don't need to take special care of the vehicle. Always follow smart tips for making sure the car stays in good shape when spring arrives.

If you aren't sure what work to do, refer to your owner's manual. The helpful book lists the recommended service at the corresponding mileage. Oil changes, tire rotations, and brake checks represent routine maintenance necessary for keeping the car in good shape.  

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Common Reasons That Cause Your Tire Pressure Light to Illuminate

Your vehicle is equipped with a tire pressure light, and it is an important component because it lets you know when the pressure in your tires has dropped below the minimum acceptable level. If your tire pressure light comes on, then it could be due to a number of reasons.

Tire punctures and temperatures can cause the tire pressure light to illuminate. During cold weather, the pressure in the tires will drop overnight, which may cause the tire pressure light to temporarily illuminate when you are driving to work in the morning.  

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Simple Maintenance Steps for an Automobile Engine

Over time, grease and grime will build up on an automobile engine. Environmental elements are risky because they can clog vital parts of an engine, which is why you must implement procedures to effectively and efficiency cleanse a heavily soiled engine components. By following a few simple steps, you can get rid of grease and grime that impact could engine performance.

Begin an engine cleaning project on a pleasant day. You shouldn't try to complete this type of job on a hot day since high heat will make the process of touching the metal components challenging.  

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Protect Your Car From Overheating

The thermostat in your vehicle opens and closes to regulate the flow of coolant to your engine. Overheating can be a sign that your thermostat is getting stuck in a closed position. When it doesn't open properly, coolant doesn't have a chance to flow through to your engine. Tim Short Acura can quickly remove the thermostat and install a new one as it's usually an easy job to complete.

Your radiator helps in allowing coolant to get to your engine as well. If there is a clog anywhere in your radiator or the lines, then it can…

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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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