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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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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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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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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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What are the Signs of a Bad Fuel Pump?

Anyone who has driven a car knows and understands how important fuel is; without it, your car is going nowhere. Not only is it important to make sure your car has fuel, it is important to make sure your car's fuel system is working properly. Below are two signs your fuel system may need to be serviced:

  • Engine Sputtering - If you notice that while driving at a high rate of speed that your engine begins to sputter unexpectedly and then goes back to running fine, you may be experiencing a problem with the fuel pump. 
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