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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Hoses & Belts: Your Vehicle's All-Important Guts

Belts and hoses wear out faster than most mechanisms in your car. Watch for signs of damage and maintain recommended maintenance schedules. Otherwise, you'll find yourself sitting immobile in San Juan traffic, or worse.

Your timing belt is instrumental to crankshaft/camshaft operation. The process involves valves moving in synchronization with pistons. If this belt breaks, the engine goes kaput, followed by major damage. Listen for slapping noises. That's a clear indicator. The drive, or serpentine, belt powers the a/c compressor, cooling fan, pumps and more. 

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What is a Vehicle's Differential?

Drivers might not know about every part and component inside their vehicles. Then, one day, something might go wrong. Why learn about, say, the differential system the hard way. Find out what it does and stay on top of maintenance. This way, you might avoid some potential problems.

The differential allows a car's wheels to rotate at different speeds. Doing so may reduce problems when turning and in other situations. Differences exist with differential systems depending on the vehicle. Front-wheel-drive cars aren't the same as part-time all-wheel-drive vehicles

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Why Use a Dash Cam?

Dash cams have become more popular in recent years due to the numerous benefits that they offer. The dash cam is mounted on your dashboard. It captures videos while you drive. Not only will it capture what is inside of the car, but it will also record things on the road.

If you have a dash cam, then you will have firsthand evidence of a car accident. You can use the video to prove that you were not at fault. Dash cams are also great for driving instructors and parents of teen drivers. You can use the video footage to…

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Motor Oil Myths

You have likely been told that you need to change the oil every 3,000 miles. However, that is just one of the myths that need to be debunked. Synthetic oil is designed to help you extend the amount of time that you go without getting the oil changed. You will likely be able to go 5,000 to 7,000 miles without getting the oil changed, but it is a good idea for you to consult with the owner's manual.

Synthetic oil is used more often than conventional oil. You may have been told that synthetic oil can…

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Charging a Car Battery

Charging of the battery is not as simple as charging your smartphone.it requires you to be careful, especially with lead-acid batteries, which produces explosive hydrogen when charging. It would be best if you took caution because its explosions can cause serious injuries. Below are steps of charging your car battery;

Disconnect the connecting cables
First, Disconnect the cable connected with a negative terminal to prevent a short circuit of positive terminal and ground. After that, disconnect the red cable connected to the positive terminal.

 

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