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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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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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