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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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Know Your Basic Acura Maintenance

Getting a car can be fun, exciting, and a symbol for change. However, it is incredibly important to know how to properly care for your car so your car will stay functional for the long haul, and so that you will be able to catch when something is wrong sooner.

For starters, make sure you complete routine tire rotations and oil changes. Brake fluid, coolant, and transmission fluid need to be checked frequently. If necessary, make sure you top them off as well. Invest in wiper blades if you haven't changed them in a while if they have already…

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Protect Your Vehicle With The Right Car Cover

There are all sorts of advantages to using car covers for a vehicle. The covers come in a variety of sizes and textures in order to appease the needs of its buyer. They exist to protect a vehicle from the elements of its particular environment. Car owners benefit from car covers, which provide protection for the exterior and interior of their automobile.

Many drivers have a great incentive to keep their vehicle in the best condition possible. The resale value is very important. Erosion and damage to body work drives the sale price of any automobile drastically down. 

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How to Prepare for a Summer Road Trip

We here at Mathews Acura believe that everybody should get the opportunity to take their car on a summer road trip, because it is an experience that will undoubtedly last a lifetime. In order to help you achieve this goal, here are some tips that you will hopefully find useful in planning and organizing a spectacular summer road trip.

Make sure to create a budget, you don't want to find out halfway through your trip that you are out of funds. Figure out the expenses that you are expecting, and then make sure you have enough resources to leave…

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Keep the Roads Safe and Avoid Distraction

Distracted driving is a roadway menace across the country, as more and more car crashes are caused by the phenomenon. With the rise of the smartphone and other technologies, it's harder than ever to stay focused behind the wheel. We know that you care about safety, and keeping a few tips in mind can help you avoid dangerous distractions.

If it's your phone that poses the greatest risk of distraction, preparing yourself can help. Putting your phone in an inaccessible place can help to remove the temptation posed by the device. 

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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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Does Your Vehicle Battery Need Testing?

If the battery in your vehicle is dead, then it is obvious that the vehicle will not start. But even if the battery isn't dead, it can still have problems powering the engine if it is not fully charged. The only way to know if the battery is the culprit is to test it.

A voltmeter is used to test the battery and can be either digital or analog, but the digital variety is more accurate. First, turn off the engine, the ignition and the vehicle lights. Attach the positive test lead to the positive terminal on the battery…

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How to Tell if a Tire Needs to be Replaced

You'd like for the tires on your vehicle to stay in perfect shape forever, but that is not possible. The tires deal with the elements and they withstand a lot of use and abuse. Your tires will wear out eventually, and you need to know when they are ready to be replaced with a new set of tires.

If your vehicle is slipping when you try to stop it or not slowing as quickly as it used to when you apply pressure to your brakes, that could be the result of worn tires. If the treads on your tires…

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Stay Safe: Repair Your Brakes

The brakes on your vehicle must be able to stop in any possible situation that can occur while on the road. Being aware of any changes in your vehicle's braking system will help you avoid the possibility of an unsafe situation. Take your vehicle in for service if you notice any of the following brake system warning signs.

  • Your brake fluid has not been serviced or is low.
  • The need to press the brake pedal to the floor for the vehicle to stop.
  • Squealing or pulling to one side when stopping your vehicle. 
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