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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How All-Weather Floor Mats Stack Up To Carpet

Like many Roanoke drivers, you're probably constantly worried about the interior of your car. Muddy shoes and rambunctious pets can make it difficult to preserve the newness and overall aesthetic value of carpeted surfaces. At Duncan Acura, we want to help locals understand how all-weather floor mats measure up to carpet when it comes to protecting auto flooring.

All-Weather Floor Mats Are Both Durable And Easy To Clean

All-weather floor mats should be your first choice in floor protection if you live or work in a perpetually wet or muddy 

 

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How to Buy a Used Car with Ease

There are many benefits that come along with buying a used vehicle. If you go through the process properly, you'll get an affordable vehicle that will last for a long time. If you're in the process of shopping for a used automobile, Duncan Acura has some tips to help you.

  • Think about your budget before you start shopping. You want to have a clear idea of what you can afford.
  • Don't purchase the first used vehicle that you see. Take your time while looking through a number of different options.
  • Take a few different types of vehicle…
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High Temps, Low Temps & Car Batteries

You've already experienced diminished car battery power in deepest winter and hottest summer. Why do extreme temps run car batteries ragged? The science is simple and fascinating, especially to the automotive tech geeks on our Duncan Acura team. They wrote this blog post to share the knowledge with you.

Winter & Batteries

At freezing temperatures, a car battery loses up to 20 percent of its power output and up to 50 percent at -22 degrees Fahrenheit. Why? Car batteries create and store electrical charges when lead and lead dioxide on interior 
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What Is a Blind-Spot Monitor On Your Vehicle?

When you're shopping for a new vehicle, there are a lot of features that you need to take into consideration. Technology has come a long way in recent years. Not only will a new vehicle come with the latest in navigation and such, but you'll get a ton of great safety features that will bring you peace of mind.

Blind-spot monitoring technology is important because it helps you stay aware of what's around you while you're driving or even parked. 

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