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Strategic Engine Cleaning Steps

When your engine needs to be cleaned, you can tackle the job without using commercial-grade tools. For this project, you'll only need a degreaser, a hose, and a plastic bag.

Some weather conditions can make the process of cleaning an engine more challenging. For example, extreme heat can delay the time that it takes for an engine to cool down. To avoid delays and other problems, always start an engine cleaning job on a warm day, and never implement any prep procedures until the housing is totally cool. If you recently traveled in your car, the engine must cool…

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What's the Deal with Tire Pressure?

The tire pressure warning indicator is one of those lights that catches you completely by surprise. You rarely think of problems with your tires when they seem to be spinning fine. With less air in them than what is appropriate, those tires may be ruining your fuel efficiency. Worse, you might be at risk for a blowout. You want to find out why the light is illuminated.

Tire punctures are a common reason why air pressure drops. If there is a hole in the tire, air escapes. Hitting an object on the road might lead to an undesirable puncture. The…

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Keep Your Car From Overheating

The coolant in your vehicle has to be the correct type and the correct balance in order for it to keep your engine cool. If there are issues with your coolant, then it can result in overheating. If you tend to use water with the coolant in your car, then you might notice that it's not keeping your engine as cool as it should.

Duncan Acura can perform a coolant flush and put the correct fluid in your vehicle if this is determined to be the issue after overheating. It's also a good idea to examine the coolant…

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Remove That Stinky Stench From Your Vehicle's Interior With Some Simple Tips

Buying or leasing a new vehicle is a huge investment, and probably one of the biggest investments that you are ever going to make. Don't let your vehicle get messy and smelly. Follow these tips to control odors in your vehicle so it always smells fresh.

Track down any smells that you notice. If you smell some garbage or leftover food somewhere in your vehicle, make sure you remove it right away. Not only will the smell get worse, but you could end up attracting bugs or rodents.  

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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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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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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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