Blog

Why You Need to Give Your Vehicle Some TLC

In addition to regular maintenance on the inner workings of your vehicle, it is also important to not neglect to give some TLC to the exterior. The vehicle maintenance experts at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley want to equip you with the knowledge and tools that you need to get the most out of your automotive purchase by explaining to you why it is important to wash your vehicle.

Research demonstrates that vehicles that are washed regularly last longer than those that are neglected. Dirt that is left on a vehicle for an extended period of time can end…

Read More
Categories:

What to do if Your Tire Pressure Light Illuminates

Your tire pressure light is important because it can let you know that you need to check the pressure in one or more tires. Although it's usually nothing serious, you need to have Acura of the Rio Grande Valley examine your tires to determine if there is anything wrong with them before putting air in the tires. The light usually goes off after the issue has been corrected.

If you notice that the tire pressure light blinks or blinks and then stays on, then the sensor could be malfunctioning. This would mean that the sensor is unable to determine…

Read More
Categories:

Why Android Auto is a Great Feature

Android Auto is among the most popular features available in most new cars today. It allows you to use your voice to send text messages, make calls or use apps on your smartphone. This allows you to keep your focus on the road as opposed to touching screens or looking for a button on the steering wheel.

If you aren't sure where you are going, Google Maps is there to help. It allows you to get directions in real time as well as traffic updates and other important information. Using this feature, you are less likely to get stuck…

Read More
Categories:

Making Sure Pressure Caps are Secure Prevents Overheating

There are many things that drivers can do to keep their vehicles in good condition, and here are at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we enjoy helping vehicle owners to find ways to do so. One area that is very important to vehicle durability but is often overlooked is the issue of overheating.

Most engine cooling systems contain many large and small components. Some common and intrinsic ones are cooling fluid, radiators, cooling fans, and cooling hoses. While these large parts are critical to vehicle operations, some smaller components are just as vital. 

Read More
Categories:

Controlling Odors in Your Vehicle

We spend a lot of time in our vehicles; keeping the interior clean and the air fresh can have more benefits than just the visual. It can create a welcoming respite from a hectic day and may even prevent an asthma attack if you're prone to them. While your vehicle may look clean, your upholstery can sometimes harbor hidden smells that say otherwise.

Be vigilant in cleaning up any used food containers instead of leaving them in your car overnight. If you're driving and spill a drink, pull over as soon as it's safe to swab up…

Read More
Categories:

Are You Guilty of Distracted Driving?

Although we seldom care to admit it, most of us are guilty of distracted driving, whether we realize it or not. At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we want to keep you as safe as possible when you’re on the road, so we’re here to offer some tips on how to not drive distracted.

  • If you’re a multi-tasker, do it before you get behind the wheel.
  • Any phone calls or texts should be done prior to driving.
  • Do not eat or drink when driving. 
Read More
Categories:

Understand the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

In an effort to assist our customers in driving safer on the roads, your friends at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley wanted to pass along some information about the differences when there is an oversteer and understeer in your vehicle.

Basically with an understeer, it appears there is no grip on the road and your vehicle tends to veer off the shoulder when making turns. When you have little response from the steering wheel and find you are working too hard to maintain your lane around turns, you'll want to have a mechanic take a closer look before…

Read More
Categories:

Ways to Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

At Acura of the Rio Grande Valley, we don’t want you to become a victim of auto theft like hundreds of thousands of other car owners. We have some great tips to provide you that will decrease the likelihood of having your vehicle stolen. Pay us a visit. Here are some safety tips.

  • Avoid parking in unlit areas or high-crime areas.
  • Make sure you remove the keys and lock all doors when you leave the vehicle.
  • Have the VIN number embedded into all the windows. 
Read More
Categories:

Anyone Can Maximize Fuel Economy With a Few Simple Tips

Any savvy driver is always looking for ways to get the most gas mileage out of a vehicle. Having your vehicle regularly inspected and serviced is one of the most effective ways to make sure that your engine is running properly and gas is being burned efficiently.

In addition, you should try to use cruise control as much as possible on longer trips. Pack as lightly as possible for longer trips because extra cargo weighs your car down and burns more gas. Also, avoid accelerating or braking abruptly when possible.  

Read More
Categories:

Different Types of Winter Tires for Your Adventures

Folks that live in cold climates all have one thing in common: Winter weather! Whether you need to travel for business or to see family, you need to be prepared for whatever comes your way this season. There are several options for outfitting your tires for the winter, and the one you pick will depend upon the kind of snowfall levels you're likely to encounter.

If you live in or travel to a region of the country that only experiences a light dusting of snow now and then, performance winter tires may be the option for you.  

Read More
Categories: