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Tips for Charging Your Car Battery

When we sell you a car at Mathews Acura, we want more than the check that comes with it - we want to know that the vehicle we've sold is going to run well and exceed your expectations for years to come. That's why we think it's crucial that you know how to do simple maintenance tasks like charging your car battery.

The first step is to locate the positive and negative terminals located on either side of your engine, usually marked with an '+' and '-' indicator so you can't mix them up. If you're using a…

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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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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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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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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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