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Performing Headlight Automotive Service

High quality vehicle maintenance incorporates service to all wearable areas of your vehicle. You are probably used to getting oil changes done, but there are many other areas to pay attention to. For example, your headlights are an important safety feature that requires routine maintenance. If you can't see the road well in front of you, then you are a danger to yourself and others while you are driving on the road. Routine headlight maintenance includes:

  • Cleaning the interior of the headlight casing. When this area is dirty, this can make your headlights appear much dimmer. 
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Why the Thermostat is Important in the Radiator

The radiator in the engine is very important in the engine of the vehicle. For one thing, it completes the cooling system of the engine so that you can drive your vehicle for a while without worrying about it heating up and burning out as long as you are keeping everything in working order.

The thermostat in your vehicle is a lot like the thermostat in your home. It acts to make sure that your vehicle's engine is cool enough to keep working. Without the thermostat, your vehicle might be working at a slight disadvantage when it comes to…

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Should I Refinance or Trade In My Car?

You are your own best advocate when it comes to protecting your finances. It might make excellent financial sense to refinance your car loan at this time. If you meet certain conditions, you might be able to save yourself some money each month with lower payments.

Repaying your loan may have elevated your credit level since you first took out your loan. If it has, you may be able to qualify for a lower interest rate, which could save you plenty of money each month in a lower payment. 

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How to Pick Your Teen's First Car

While your teen might have certain ideas about their first car, you may be a bit more choosy. It's important for your teen's independence that they have a car for work and school, but you want to pick one that will be reliable and safe.

You'll want to pass by cars boasting of their impressive acceleration. While your teen may not mean to, it's too easy for inexperienced drivers to accidentally speed in cars with a high horsepower rating. Slower and solidly dependable vehicles, like pickup trucks or SUVs, actually make an excellent first car.  

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Understand the Importance of Washing Your Car

Over the course of one year and four seasons, the outside elements can do quite a number on the exterior of your vehicle. Many people assume that occasional rainfall will give their vehicle a quick cleaning, but there are many benefits associated with washing your vehicle on a regular basis.

In the winter, road salt can accumulate on the exterior. This salt can erode exterior surfaces and cause your vehicle to rust prematurely. In the summer, dirt and dust particles can cause minor scratches on your vehicle that can lead to rust as well. 

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Car Care Tips for Spring

Refreshing your car after a long winter season isn't just a good idea for removing harmful salt and sand from the paint finish, it's also an excellent opportunity to prepare it for the summer months ahead in other ways. Warm spring afternoons are the perfect time for a good washing and waxing and taking stock of any issues that need addressing.

You don't want to be stranded in the hot summer sun or have to endure a car ride with no air conditioning.  

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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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Android Auto Can Turn Your Car into a Phone

People who come in to Duncan Acura often ask about the technology features of some newer cars, but this can be hard to answer when it comes to any vehicle equipped with Android Auto connectivity. This system can connect a car's onboard displays to any compatible Android device, which adds a dizzying array of new features that change all the time.

For instance, some drivers might want to jam to YouTube Music or iHeartRadio while they're heading into downtown. They're able to easily switch between either with an easy voice command. 

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