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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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What Does a Vehicle Alternator Do?

The alternator is the driving force behind the electronics in your vehicle. Your battery, lights, instruments, gauges and other electronics require a working alternator to run correctly. When your vehicle does not start or seems to have a problem maintaining power, it can be either a battery or an alternator issue.

When the alternator is failing, newer vehicles may have an indicator light in the instrument panel that signifies trouble with the alternator. Dim lights and gauges that don't work can be indications that the alternator is on the blitz.  

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An Overview of Spare Tire Options

Compact spare tires can be great when you have a small trunk. However, they may not be so great for long-term use. Ideally, you will have the spare replaced with a regular tire as soon as possible after the original is damaged. For vehicles with larger trunks, they may come with a full-size tire.

This has the same attributes as the other tires on your vehicle. All you have to do is take off the damaged tire, put the new one on and drive away. It will last for as long as the ones already on your car or truck…

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Detailing with Clay Protects Your Vehicle

Detailing is a widely recognized way of making a car look shiny and new. The clay bar can pick up and hold contaminants and particles the cover the surface. The result is a smooth finish of the auto's original clear coat. The clay bar lifts away the dulling effects of roadway grime and airborne pollutants.

Marion, OH drivers know that driving can dull the vehicle finish and that frequent washes and waxes improve the appearance. The roads have a lot of dirt and corrosive compounds that can damage the surface and lead to rust. They include chemicals in the…

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Summer Tires vs. All-Season Tires: Which is Better?

Finding the best type of tire for your vehicle is essential. Whether you drive in snow, rain, or warm summer weather, it's possible to find a great style of tire for your vehicle. Here's what you need to know.

If you spend most of your time in the warm sunshine or in light rain, you may enjoy the design of summer tires. These have low tread depths and ensure you're able to quickly and easily navigate. Most importantly? They keep you from hydroplaning. 

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Questions About Car Wax? Mathews Acura Has Answers!

Most drivers have used wax on their vehicles at some point, but many aren’t familiar with why wax is an important component of a car care regimen. If that’s true for you, it’s time to learn more about the important protective qualities of this unique substance.

Wax has been used for a long time as a waterproofing material, and that’s the same property that makes it ideal for protecting the finished surfaces of automobiles today. Wax is obtained from natural plant sources, including carnauba and palm leaves, and may also be manufactured synthetically from silicone-based materials…

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Simple Ways to Improve Your Car

Taking care of your car can be a rewarding job, but it's also a lot of work. Fortunately, with the right car mats, you'll find that your maintenance requirements are minimized and that you're able to enjoy a more comfortable, luxurious-looking car.

If you tend to spend time getting your feet wet or dirty, choose rubber mats that are easy to clean. These will protect the floor of your car from anything you happen to drag inside. On the other hand, if you tend to stay pretty tidy, consider carpeted mats which can be purchased in multiple…

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