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Appropriate Wiper Blade Usage Can Save the Day

At Mathews Acura, we like to help our customers and others out by pointing out little-known but critical safety issues. One such issue that affects drivers in colder climates is poor visibility. While poor visibility can be an issue, individuals who make use of proper wiper and blade technology can greatly mitigate this potential risk.

Most wiper blades come in a few basic varieties, and these include winter and summer wiper blades. Summer wiper blades are light in construction and contain many exposed moving parts.  

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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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Coming Out of a Slide

While you're driving on an icy road, there is a possibility that you will start sliding. If you begin to slide in your vehicle, don't panic. You should also avoid slamming on the brakes as this can cause you to lose control of your car. Gently pump your brakes until you gain traction on the roadway.

As you're sliding, you want to turn the steering wheel in the same direction that the car is going. The car will likely turn in the opposite direction, but as long as you maintain control of the steering wheel, then you…

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Avoid Getting Your Vehicle Stolen with Preventive Tips

People assume that their vehicle won't be stolen, seeing how many manufacturers are including plenty of safety features in their vehicles these days. Unfortunately, there are still a number of ways that a thief can gain access to your vehicle. Don't wait until it's too late to pay attention to ways that you can prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

  • Pay close attention to where your vehicle is being parked. In the evening hours, your parking spot should be well-lit. During the day, your vehicle should be in a very visible space where people are constantly passing…
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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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A Useful Resource Explaining How to Properly Install a Child Safety Seat

Although you keep your child in a car seat for his or her protection when you are driving, it may not be installed properly. If it isn't, the chance of an injury will significantly increase if a collision does occur, which is why it it imperative to install it correctly. Read further to lean how to install a child safety seat.

Before you install a child safety seat in your car, read its manual for specific instructions about how it should be positioned in your vehicle. In addition, always put a car seat in the back of the car…

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What to do if You're in a Motor Vehicle Accident

No one plans to be in an accident, but unfortunately, sometimes motor vehicle collisions do occur. If you're in an accident, try to remember to stay calm. There are a few important things you need to do after the accident occurs.

Make sure you take pictures of the accident. Take as many photos as possible. Your insurance company may want these. If there is a question about which vehicle is at fault for the accident, pictures will help prove your innocence. It's also vital that you contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Let them know what…

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