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Back-to-School Vehicle Maintenance Tips

It's that time of year again. With kids heading back to school, it is important for drivers to make sure that their cars are prepared. Think about some of these things that you can do for your vehicle to keep your family safe and your car running smoothly.

One of the most important things that you can do for your vehicle is familiarize yourself with the owner's manual. This will make sure that you not only prepare for your car's unique needs, but that you have a relatively regular maintenance schedule to follow as the seasons change…

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Try These Games With Your Kids On Your Next Road Trip

Going on a road trip with the kids can be a fun and rewarding experience. If you have kids, then you will also want to be able to keep them occupied. Here are some games that will help keep the kids occupied during the long car rides.

You can start with some simple games such as tic tac toe. All you need are some sheets of paper and a pen or pencil to play this game. Another simple game that kids will love is called connect the dots. 

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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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How to Test Your Car Battery

A well charged battery is important when it comes to starting a car. When was the last time you had your car's battery serviced? A few choices are available to help you determine if there is still life in a battery or if it is time to swap it out for a new one. If you're the do-it-yourself type, here is how you can test the battery in your car. You will need a voltmeter for this task.

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

When you are stuck in Roanoke traffic and you are having to stop and go quite a bit, you might notice there is something going on with your car. You might notice that the brake pedal seems to be a bit squishy or spongey, rather than something that has some pushback or seems solid when you push down. If this is the case, you are going to want to make sure that you are getting your car looked at sooner, rather than later.

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