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Learn the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

When you have a better understanding of what the trouble is with your vehicle, you can have repairs done more accurately. The team at Duncan Acura wanted to bring awareness to the differences between an oversteer and understeer.

An understeer simply means lack of grip of the tire on the road. The trouble is that if you do not get this issue addressed quickly, the vehicle can and will leave the road around certain turns. Sharp turns in the road can create a serious problem as you'll struggle to keep your vehicle on the road surface. 

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Blind Spot Monitoring Technology: Taking Safety to the Next Level

When you are in the process of shopping for a new vehicle, there are now so many great features to consider. Many features are designed to provide you with extra convenience and comfort, but there is technology that adds to the overall safety of your vehicle. Blind spot monitoring is one of these features.

While you are driving down the road, there will be areas outside of your vehicle that are hard to monitor. If another vehicle moves into one of those spaces, this could leave you vulnerable for an accident if you aren't aware that vehicle is there…

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How Can You Correct a Slide on Icy Roads?

The most important rule to follow when roads are icy is not to drive. However, in our busy society that option, more often than not, is off the table. If you must drive, then drive slowly. Never drive more than 45 mph in any vehicle. There is evidence that a front-wheel-drive car travels better on an icy road than a rear-wheel-drive vehicle. That is because the propulsion is pulling, not pushing.

If you must drive when the roads are icy, then take care not to get into a sliding situation. If you get into a slide, turn your front wheels…

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Choosing and Making a Vehicle Safe for Your Dog

There are two ways to go about finding a dog friendly vehicle. One of the ways to do this is to find a vehicle that is comfortable for your dog. Remember that not all dogs are the same. Therefore, you want to make sure that your vehicle is going to be safe and comfortable for your specific dog.

While it is good to choose vehicles that have features that make it better for your specific dog, you might want to look into other features that are going to make things even more comfortable for your dog.  

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What is the Differential in Your Car?

At Duncan Acura, one of our goals is to help our consumers keep their vehicles in optimal condition. One important component of your vehicle is the differential. It is important to keep your car's differential fluid changed on a regular basis to ensure that it performs well.

Your vehicle's differential is a gearbox that is housed between the drive wheels. Vehicles that are equipped with four-wheel drive typically have a front and rear differential. A differential works with the transmission to transport power from the engine to the axle that turns the wheels. 

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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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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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