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Tire Pressure and Tread Check Important for Optimal Performance

One of the essential investments you can make in your safety on the road is to do a monthly check of the pressure and tread on your car's tires. Maintaining proper pressure in your tires and ensuring that the tread hasn't become worn not only promotes optimal tire performance but also enhances safe driving.

Overinflated or underinflated tires not only reduce your traction, but also reduce your gas mileage and increase the risk of a blow-out. Check your vehicle manufacturer's recommendation for proper tire pressure from your owner's manual or look for the doorjamb sticker. 

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Don't Let A Bad Alternator Leave You Stranded

The alternator is the powerplant of your car. Its job is to recharge the battery after the battery starts the engine. If your alternator is bad, you will find that you can go another mile or two, but then your car will simply die on the side of the road.

An alternator that is going bad will not be able to supply the energy that the battery needs to maintain a charge. One sign that your alternator is going bad is if your GEN or ALT light comes on and stays on. You may also experience a loss of power…

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What You Should Know About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

At Duncan Acura, our team wants you to be informed about your vehicle to keep it in the best possible shape. Its timing belt plays an important role in helping the crankshaft and camshaft rotate properly, and if the timing belt becomes damaged, your engine could suddenly shut down. Read further to lean more about your vehicle's timing belt.

A timing belt needs to be changed on a regular basis. With most vehicles, it should be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, a high-pitched sound could mean that it needs to be serviced sooner.  

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What Extreme Temperatures Do to Your Car Battery

Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, have a negative impact on your car battery. We want our customers to be well-informed as they search for a new vehicle. Therefore, we have explained what extreme temperatures do to your car battery and how you can minimize the negative effect.

Cold temperatures decrease battery capacity. Hot weather increases battery capacity but damages its lifespan. Other negative affects cold weather has on a lead acid battery in the winter are increased draw from starter motors and other accessories. Oil thickens in cold weather, which makes it...

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Avoiding Auto Accidents in the Rain

You do not want to be one of the 1.2 million drivers who are involved in an auto accident in rainy conditions each year. Stay safe on the road this summer by preparing your car with regular maintenance, including inspecting your tire pressure and tread, before you start driving in the rain.

The number one rule for driving in the rain is that you should reduce your speed without suddenly using the brakes. Try to reduce your speed to 35 mph or less. Definitely avoid using cruise control in the rain. If you do have to use the brake…

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Packing Your SUV Safely

Getting ready for your next summer trip should include thinking about how you will properly pack up your vehicle. Having a general sense of the weight of your luggage will help you make sure that you do not exceed your SUV's load capacity, which can range from 900 to 1,600 pounds. In addition to helping you maintain a good gas mileage rate, reducing your overall load helps ensure you are in control of your steering.

Even though it is easy to underestimate the amount of cargo space you have in your vehicle, you should avoid blocking the rear…

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Why A Dash Cam Is So Important

Modern life is full of sorts of different technology, and at times it can feel like we are completely surrounded by cameras and other recording devices. While you may feel like the last thing you want to do is add another piece of technology to your life, a dashboard camera can be one of the most prude and important investments that you make.

A dedicated dash cam is not only extremely easy to set up and use, but it can also save you thousands of dollars or more. It can often be difficult to determine fault in a car accident…

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A Comparison of Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive

At Duncan Acura, we value informed customers, and we want to help you make smart buying decisions. Today, let's compare the two most-common transmission constructions, front-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive.

First, let's define each setup. Front-wheel drive pulls a car due to its setup applying the engine's horsepower to the auto's front wheels. Alternatively, rear-wheel drive pushes a car by applying horsepower to the vehicle's rear wheels. These opposite constructions offer handling differences. If you prefer wet-road traction, then you should lean toward a front-wheel...

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Buying a Car? Learn About the Car Warranty Options

Car manufacturers offer warranties as a way to protect your investment and minimize the expenses of owning the car if a sudden problem develops. A powertrain warranty lasts for many years and covers most of the engine, transmission and drive train. It doesn't cover the battery.

A bumper-to-bumper warranty lasts for a year or two. It offers coverage for more of the vehicle's parts, such as the heating and air conditioning, audio and electronics systems. It also covers the brake rotors, most of the engine, the exhaust and the transmission. The bumper-to-bumper warranty does not cover...

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Upgrade Your Headlights for Better Visibility

There have been so many advances to modern cars, making them safer than ever for drivers in Roanoke, VA. Your new Acura likely serves you well, however you should not overlook its headlights or those of any other cars that you own. You may want to consider an upgrade to your lights for enhanced visibility, a relatively simple process if handled by professionals like us here at Duncan Acura. The following are options for improving your headlights:

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