Does Your Brake Pedal Need to Be Repaired?

Any vehicle’s brake system is vital to its safe and effective operation. As a result, Roanoke drivers who are concerned about their brakes remain reliable should watch out for indicators of a brake pedal in need of servicing. If you observe any of these signs in your vehicle’s brake pedal, then contact a certified mechanic immediately.

Noise is a dead giveaway that the condition of your brakes is sub-optimal. When navigating through your community, squealing and screeching sounds should not be audible when you apply pressure to your vehicle’s brake pedal.

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Learn How to Reverse an Oversteer or Understeer Situation

At Duncan Acura, we know hazardous situations can arise when we drive around Roanoke, so we want to help you understand ow to avoid a collision due to oversteering or understeering.

If you've seen a car fishtail, you can appreciate oversteering. It usually happens to rear-wheel-drive cars. Alternatively, understeering usually occurs in front-wheel-drive vehicles, and it involves the car continuing to travel straight despite the front wheels being turned. Each of these scenarios results from the vehicle traveling too fast for a given turn's conditions

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Understanding Your Car's Differential

At Duncan Acura we like to help vehicle owners in Roanoke learn more about car maintenance. Differential is an important part of your vehicle. Many drivers don't understand how a differential works. Here's what you need to know.

A differential is a part on a vehicle that makes it possible for the wheels on your car to turn at different speeds. You will find a differential on 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and all-wheel drive vehicles. Without this important car part, your vehicle would not turn properly. It makes sure that the wheels are able to adjust their rotation in a…

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Transmissions

A car's transmission is a vital piece of equipment. It controls the gear that the engine is currently operating in, just as the gear shifter on a bicycle does the same for the bike. If the engine is not in the correct gear for its speed, then it won't work right, and it might even suffer some damage.

There are two approaches to managing gears. The first is manual. A manual transmission lets you pick which gear the transmission is in using a gear shifter lever and a clutch pedal. An automatic transmission works on its own without…

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What to Include in a Roadside Emergency Kit

Whether you're just planning on driving to work or driving hundreds of miles to grandma's house, it is important that you have an emergency kit in your car. This kit should include nonperishable food, water and warm clothes. The kit should also include a cellphone, radio or other tools that can help you stay connected to the outside world.

A flashlight can come in handy if you need to change a tire or look under the hood at night. You will also want to have a wrench set or other tools that can be used to remove lug…

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Looking for Ways to Increase Fuel Efficiency? Read On to Find Out More

At Duncan Acura, it's important to us that you're able to invest in a new vehicle without breaking the bank. If you're looking to save money even after your purchase, we have some tips that will allow you to increase the overall efficiency of your automobile.

The cruise control function that came included as part of your automobiles package may not be something you use often. Next time you're on the highway for an extended period of time at more than 50 miles per hour, we encourage you to switch on the cruise control.

 

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Using an Automotive Battery Charger

Automotive batteries are designed to recharge themselves whenever the vehicle’s engine is running. If this process fails or if the battery’s energy store is depleted in some other way, the battery may not possess sufficient starting power. That’s where a dedicated battery charger comes in handy.

Battery chargers have positive and negative terminals that correspond to similar terminals on the top of the battery. When hooking up the charger, always connect positive with positive and negative with negative to prevent damage to the battery or the charger. 

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What are Gaskets for on an Automobile?

The inner workings of your automobile must be precisely constructed in order for everything to function the way it was intended. Gaskets are just one part that is used throughout the construction of your vehicle to create a perfect seal. Whether you're trying to keep out fluid or air, gaskets are that extra layer of protection that you need.

Gaskets can be constructed in all different sizes and shapes. They can be made from plastic, silicone, metal or even rubber. You'll them within your engine, cam shaft, fuel tank, etc.

 

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How to Know if Your Fuel System Needs Servicing

As a vehicle owner, it's important that you know and understand the basics of how your vehicle works, and this is especially true when it comes to your fuel system.

The fuel pump pumps the fuel from your gas tank into the engine, so when this part starts to malfunction it should be taken quite seriously and fixed as soon as possible. Below, we've listed some of the most common signs of a faulty fuel pump to look for:

• Rising Temperature
• Loss of Power When Hauling
• Decrease in Gas Mileage
• Engine Won't Turn Over
• Engine Sputters During…

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

A rainy day can make your drive a lot more dangerous. You are more likely to hydroplane when it is raining. Taking preventative measures are extremely important. You should check your tires on a regular basis in order to ensure that they are properly inflated. You will also need to rotate your tires.

You will likely need to have your tires replaced after about six years. However, if you drive a lot, then you may need to have them replaced earlier. Do not use cruise control when it is raining outside. If you do hydroplane, then you do not want…

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