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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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An Alternator is a Powerful Part with Powerful Duties

With so many parts that make up your vehicle, you might be surprised to know that the alternator is perhaps the most important. The alternator is the key part that keeps your electrical system operating properly. The part acts as its own power supply for the electrical accessories in your vehicle, such as interior lights, headlamps, the navigation system, and numerous others.

However, there is another vital part that relies on the alternator, even more than the accessories. It's the battery! The alternator is a continued electrical power supply to keep your battery charged to max capacity. 

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Why Does My Car Need a Timing Belt?

Your vehicle's timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft moving at a synchronized rate. The synchronization enables the engine to run. If the timing belt fails, your vehicle will shut down. You should always change the timing belt before it malfunctions. The engine will be damaged if the timing belt fails when you are driving. The damage can be very costly.

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