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Tire Rotations: What You Need to Know

Do you realize how important getting a tire rotation really is? A lot of people don’t. Many people seem to think that this is just some kind of add-on service that auto repair shops try to hoist upon you. That is just not the case; tire rotations are extremely important.

Your tires are one of the most expensive consumer products that you may purchase throughout the whole year, and you should take good care of them if you want them to last. One way to do this is to get them rotated on a regular schedule. 

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The Importance of Routine Car Battery Replacement and Service

A properly running vehicle should have a fully charged battery that can be called upon for a number of electrical functions. A vehicle's battery is largely responsible for helping to start up your car. It also helps to power your lights on the exterior of your vehicle, the lights on the inside of your vehicle, and the radio. If you are having battery issues, you may notice:

  • Your vehicle isn't starting properly
  • Your lights are dimmed on the inside and outside of the vehicle
  • Your battery isn't holding a proper charge 
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Understeer Versus Oversteer: Know the Difference

It would be nice if our vehicles simply reacted to our steering in perfect correlation to what we wanted them to do. However, this is not always possible. They are mechanic devices, and they sometimes do not behave perfectly. When a vehicle does not react to our steering instructions it is known as oversteer or understeer.

What is Oversteering and Understeering?

Oversteering is when a vehicle reacts with more force and vigor to our steering instructions than what has been commanded. Understeering is the exact opposite.  

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How to Use Your Roof Rack

Roof racks are designed to hold different types of containers and boxes to make it easier to transport more items on your vehicle when you're limited on cargo space. Knowing how to use roof racks correctly will prevent your items from falling off of the car and becoming damaged.

Tips for Loading a Rack Onto Your Roof

Begin by measuring the bag or container that you plan to transport to ensure it fits onto the rack. Use a waterproof item to ensure the contents of the bag or box remain dry while spending time on the road.  

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How Does a LATCH Evaluation Work?

Here at Mathews Acura, we want you to be well-informed about the ease of installing a child safety seat when you are choosing your next vehicle. Today, we're talking about the IIHS LATCH system evaluations.

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) evaluations inspect the child seat attachment hardware within a vehicle and how well it performs in a crash test. Even though a car seat can be properly installed with regular seat belts, the LATCH system makes correct installation easier. 

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Cleaning Your Car Quickly Makes Room for Fun On Your Day Off

Nobody wants to spend all day cleaning out their vehicle. Yes, this is an area that can get pretty messy. This is especially true if you are someone that likes to eat or drink in your vehicle. However, we're about to give you some tried and true tips that will help you make quick work out of cleaning your vehicle.

Make sure you remove all garbage that is present in the vehicle. Spot treat any stains that have formed on the seats or floors. Make sure you're using a product that is designed for your type of interior…

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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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