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Take Care of Your Car This Winter

Here at Mathews Acura, we understand that your vehicle is one of your most important possessions. Winter can be rough on cars for a few reasons. That's why we would like to share a few tips on keeping yours going during these colder months in Marion.

Your battery is one part of the vehicle that can suffer in the cold. We recommend getting your battery tested to ensure that it's in good working order before it lets you down on a chilly morning. Also be sure that your coolant, also known as antifreeze, is full. This is vital…

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How to Guard Your Vehicle Against Salt Corrosion

It is that time of the year when the corrosive salt used to treat the winter weather roads has begun to build up and potentially damage vehicles. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to protect your vehicle from salt corrosion.

During the winter, it is imperative that you wash your vehicle, including the vulnerable underside, at least every 10 days. Salt that remains on a car for an extended period of time will encourage rust formation and damage the vehicle's finish. You should also wash your vehicle as soon as

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The Importance of Belts and Hoses Under Your Car's Hood

A careful examination of your current car's engine bay will show several belts and hoses. Each one performs a specific purpose that's critical for keeping the engine running smoothly. Routine maintenance and replacement is important.

A timing belt has a series of teeth that attaches to the engine's crankshaft. It is what synchronizes the movement of the camshaft, crankshaft, and distributor. The serpentine belts transfer power from the engines to accessories such as the water pump and the power steering. The belt can crack and split over time. Its coolant hoses move...

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How to Jump Start Another Car

When your car battery goes kaput, it’s time to get a replacement, but what happens if you can’t even start your car? Well, there’s always a jump start. While jump-starting doesn’t always work, you can try it to get one last trip in before your battery dies. This should be enough to get your car to the shop for a new battery.

All you need to jump-start a car is a set of jumper cables and another car with a working battery. In order to charge up your battery, you’ll need to attach the jumper…
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Restore Your Headlights Immediately

Even shops that could potentially make a profit off of selling you headlight restoration services are wise enough to know that it is better that you do it yourself. You are the one driving the car every day and the one who should notice if there is a problem with the headlights. The sooner that you address the issue the better.

A lot of people don't realize that there are special kits made to help those who want to restore their headlights. These kits are designed with the end user in mind. That is to say that they are…

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The Easy Process of Testing a Car Battery

Being able to test your car's battery can is essential to ensuring your safety when on the road. Car battery testing will help you avoid unnecessary delays on your trip or commute, and give you peace of mind while driving at all times.

Besides using a Multimeter, you can use a power probe to test your car's battery. Start by removing the battery's positive terminal cover. Then, connect the probe to both terminals using the connective leads. Make sure to connect the positive to the positive and the negative to the negative. Once this process is complete…

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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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