The Job of the Timing Belt

While plenty of drivers have a working knowledge of engine components such as pistons and valves, this seems not to be the case for timing belts. Learning some key facts and maintenance guidelines for timing belts will be beneficial to any driver.

Crankshaft operations and camshaft operations need to move with the same pace, otherwise engine complications may wreak havoc on your San Juan vehicle. It is for this reason that automotive manufacturers insert a trusty rubber timing belt into a car. Vintage models, though, have had chains installed instead. 

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

Well-cared for tires will likely last for at least five years, but this will depend on your mileage, the design of the tires and driver habits. However, the age of your tires is something that you will need to keep in mind. If you have had your tires for five years, then you will need to have them inspected. Age may be the reason they have to be replaced. Manufacturers recommend that you get new tires after you have had them for 10 years.

Tires will wear out because of everyday driving. Wear and tear will take place regardless 

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Why Should Drivers Check the Fuel System?

A vehicle’s fuel system might not be as concerning as the transmission or the engine. However, problems with a fuel system may reveal serious troubles without warning. If the fuel pump no longer works, don’t expect the engine to do so, either. How could it? No fuel is reaching the engine.

Other problems could arise, such as issues with the fuel injectors. Worn or damaged fuel injectors end up requiring replacing. In many cases, cleaning the fuel injectors could restore them to preferable conditions. Fuel economy and engine performance may go back to acceptable performance levels soon after…

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The Importance of Windshield Chip Repairs

A windshield crack or chip can be very disappointing. Most drivers in San Juan know that this issue needs to be fixed quickly. Acura of the Rio Grande Valley wants to remind you of the importance of windshield chip repairs. If you put them off, a replacement windshield may be in your future.

Chips to a windshield can be caused by many things. One of the most common is debris thrown by vehicles in front of you. If you are following a truck that is transporting rock or gravel, for instance, you should remain at least 30' or more behind…

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Discover How to Drive in the Rain with Ease

Here at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we want our customers to be as safe as possible. That's why we think it's important to offer these tips for how to drive in the rain. Rainy, wet roads in and around San Juan can present a real challenge. Follow this advice to stay safe.

The first thing you must do is to stay alert. These aren't ordinary driving conditions. Therefore, added precaution and awareness is necessary. It's also wise to turn on your headlights for enhanced visibility. Also, you should always check your wipers to ensure…

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How to Choose the Right Car Seat for Your Child

Having the right car seat is vital when it comes to ensuring the safety of your children. At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we feel this topic is worth taking a minute to explore in detail. The following info can help you choose the perfect car seat for your life here in San Juan.

For infants, there are two choices. An infant-only car seat can typically accommodate children up to 22 pounds. They are always rear-facing and can be easily removed from the vehicle. A convertible car seat can also be used for an infant. These have the ability…

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Why Is It So Important To Wash Your Car Regularly?

Whether you prefer to wash your automobile manually or take your vehicle through an automatic car wash, having a clean vehicle is a smart decision. But what makes washing your car so important?

Regardless of where you drive, there are all kinds of materials that can cling to the paint of your automobile. Dirt, rain, and salt are a few threats that love attaching themselves to vehicles. If not washed off of your vehicles, these impurities can start damaging the paint on your car. When driving, it's essential to be aware of your surroundings. 

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Simple Fuel Economy Tips

Even the most efficient vehicle on the market can be made a bit more efficient using some of these simple tips from Acura of the Rio Grande Valley. You don't have to spend tons of money at the fuel pump each week. We can help you make the most of your money.

  • People frequently like to hit their accelerator like they're driving in a race. You're likely not going to get anywhere faster, so be light on your accelerator pedal. This is better for your vehicle anyway.
  • Continue to use the fuel type that is recommended by…
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Brake Pedal Safety Tips

At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we know how important it is to you to feel safe in your vehicle, and that means knowing when something is wrong. When your brake light goes on, that could be a sign that something is wrong with your brakes, but it is not the only sign.

When you can feel your steering wheel or the brake pedal vibrating, that means it's time to have someone take a look at your vehicle. Another possible sign is a new noise, often one that is grinding or screeching. A burning smell coming from your…

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Understand Understeer and Oversteer

Your ability to drive safely matters to us at cura of the Rio Grande Valley, and that includes properly correcting understeer and oversteer situations.

Understeer involves entering a turn too fast for your front wheels to maintain traction and steer your vehicle in the proper direction. Oversteer is also called fishtailing. Usually, you will encounter understeer in a front-wheel-drive vehicles. Meanwhile, oversteer happens to rear-wheel-drive autos.

We urge you to understand how to get yourself out of either situation. In understeer, you need to reinstate your front tires' 

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