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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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Everything You Need to Know in the Event of an Automobile Accident

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us here at Duncan Acura. Nobody likes to imagine the worst case scenario, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be prepared in the event of an accident.

Call 9-1-1 immediately after an accident if there are any injuries. Never leave the scene of an accident, but you should ensure that you're out of the path of oncoming traffic.

Call the police and submit a report, even if the other drivers tell you it's not necessary, it's the law. Exchange information with the other drivers involved in the…

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How to Install a Child Safety Seat

Are you getting ready to install a child safety seat in your car? Before you get started, there are a few things you need to know. Getting started is a simple process. Make sure the backseat of your car is clear from clutter and debris. Then you can begin.

Place your child's safety seat in the backseat. Ideally, the car seat should be placed in the middle seat. You'll then utilize the seat belt. Slide this through the back of the car seat and buckle it into place. Tighten the strap if necessary to ensure the car seat…

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Be Prepared for a Vehicle Emergency by Being Proactive

Sometimes there are going to be emergency situations that you have to deal with as a driver. To prepare yourself for those situations, make sure that you always drive with a vehicle emergency kit, which should include jumper cables, a flashlight, emergency flares, batteries, and essential tools. Additionally, you should have a first aid kit.

Be sure to take safety precautions such as making sure that you pull over on a well-lit road if you break down at night. If you ever have a tire blowout or flat, remember that it is completely acceptable to drive on the rim for…

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Don't Forget Fall Service Before You Head Out Tailgating

Autumn means beautiful drives in the country to look at the fall leaves, pumpkins, and our favorite, tailgating parties. The cooler temperatures are also a reminder that it is time to bring your favorite tailgating ride in to Duncan Acura for fall vehicle maintenance essentials. Attending to car maintenance essentials should also be on your tailgating list.

Aside from making sure that your ride is in tip top shape, it is time to make sure that you have everything you need. Don’t forget to bring a small plastic tote that can be used to pack dirty dishes in for…

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Properly Using Touch Up Paint to Eliminate Scratches

There's no need to feel heartsick if you notice small dings and scratches on your vehicle's surface. A touch up paint job is an economical way to help cover up imperfections that make your vehicle look older than it is.

Stop by our parts department at Duncan Acura in order to find out your vehicle's factory color code. If we don't have an exact match in stock, we can order it for you. It's important to use the correct touch up color so your repair job won't be noticeable.

For light scratches that aren…

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Don't Let the Sun Run Your Vehicle off the Road

Sunlight is bright light, especially just after the sun rises and just before it sets. Follow these tips to keep the sun's glare from causing you to veer out of your lane or off the road.

Wear sunshades with polarized or anti-reflective lenses. Clean your windshield, and check it for cracks or pits that can interfere with your line of sight. Keep papers and other items off the dashboard. Focus on lane markings to guide you. Increase the distance between you and the vehicle you're following, slow down, and turn on headlights to make sure you're noticeable…

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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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