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Keep the Clean Air Flowing Inside the Cabin and Engine

Your car's engine and ventilation systems require clean air to function properly. The filters that clean the air going into the engine and ventilation systems get dirty. Dirty air filters can lead to a multitude of problems.

If the engine doesn't get clean air, it can lower fuel efficiency, increase emissions, restrict air flow, and degrade engine performance. Air filters help keep the air clean. An air filter can appear to be clean, but microscopic particles can cause problems. Simply changing the air filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles can keep the air flowing clean. 

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Servicing Your Vehicle's Headlights for Optimal Performance

If you have made the investment and are now the owner of a brand new vehicle, it's important that you understand the various routine maintenance that is needed in order to protect this investment and keep your vehicle running. For example, oil changes will help protect your engine. Tire rotations will help your tires last longer. You can also have a professional perform routine maintenance on your headlights to ensure they are going to keep you safe while on the road. 

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What You Need to Know About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

Our team at Mathews Acura is here to help our drivers make the most of their vehicles by understanding how they function. Your vehicle's timing belt may sound insignificant, but it is one of the most important parts of your engine. Your timing belt synchronizes the crankshaft and camshaft to ensure that your engine runs properly.

Your timing belt needs to be replaced on a routine basis to prevent it from suddenly breaking. If you drive with a worn timing belt, then it could cause the engine to shut off while you're driving, which is dangerous. 

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Keep Your Windshield Clear By Changing Your Wiper Blades

We at Mathews Acura stress the importance of maintaining your existing vehicle as much as we try and find dependable vehicles we can for our valued customers. This is why we provide important reminders to customers to make sure they continue to take care of their vehicle for maximum safety and enjoyment for a long time to come.

The windshield wiper blade is made out of rubber material that is perfect for wiping away rain and snow. This material also becomes brittle over time and when it is exposed to the sun and air.  

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Tips for Charging Your Car Battery

When we sell you a car at Mathews Acura, we want more than the check that comes with it - we want to know that the vehicle we've sold is going to run well and exceed your expectations for years to come. That's why we think it's crucial that you know how to do simple maintenance tasks like charging your car battery.

The first step is to locate the positive and negative terminals located on either side of your engine, usually marked with an '+' and '-' indicator so you can't mix them up. If you're using a…

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Why is My Engine Overheating?

It is not unusual for a vehicle's engine to suffer overheating. There are a variety of reasons why the malfunction occurs. Commonly, the coolant system lacks sufficient fluid to reduce the engine temperature. The fluid may simply need to be filled. A hose may have a leak or the radiator may become clogged.

Other problems contributing to the problem may include a faulty radiator or a malfunctioning radiator fan. Thermostats are relatively inexpensive parts that also often wear out and need replacing.  

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Handling Unpleasant Vehicle Odors

Many have experience opening a vehicle door only to encounter a strong whiff of cigarette, old food, vomit or other nasty odors. There are a number of ways to handle the problem. First, toss out any trash that might be the culprit. When a spill occurs, soak the liquid as soon as possible to prevent it from being absorbed by the upholstery.

If the upholstery or floor carpet has already fallen prey, remove the mats and shampoo the fabric using warm water and mild household detergent. If needed, carpet, leather and vinyl cleaners are available where automotive products are sold…

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Oversteering vs. Understeering: Opposite and Serious Car Problems

Problems with a car's performance aren't limited to pick up or stalling matters. Steering problems can create serious issues for a driver concerned about safety. Oversteering and understeering represent two opposite troubles drivers don't like to experience.

With understeering, the car won't turn as much as the driver wishes. An oversteering issue, not surprisingly, refers to the vehicles steering more than the driver wants. The problems may sound minor, but they aren't. An inability to control a vehicle's steering could lead to an accident. 

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What Happens When You Don't Change Your Timing Belt?

As useful as timing belts have proven to be, you have to check it and change it on a regular basis because a catastrophe could happen in your vehicle if you fail to change the belt. The following is one of the things that are very likely to happen once the timing belt snaps.

When the timing belt finally breaks, one thing that will happen is that your vehicle will come to a complete stop. The pistons of the vehicle are going to be broken and useless. It will cost thousands of dollars to get those repaired. In some cases…

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The Importance of Your Vehicle's Differential

Here at Mathews Acura, we strive to help our consumers keep their vehicles in excellent shape. One important component that helps your vehicle run smoothly is its differential.

A differential is the gearbox that is found between the drive wheels of your vehicle. Vehicles that have four-wheel drive typically have front and rear differentials. A differential works with the transmission to move power from the engine to the axle that turns the wheels. 

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