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Tow Safely with These Tips and Tricks

Just because your vehicle has a hitch doesn’t mean that it can tow anything you put behind it. Towing an unsafe load could result in serious injuries, expensive damage, and deaths. Here is a look at some simple tips that you can use to safely tow a load.

Before pulling any load, you must first make sure that your vehicle has an adequate towing capacity. 

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Why You Want a Crossover

Crossovers have become a very popular vehicle in recent years. If you’re considering buying a crossover, it’s important that you know all there is to know. We want you to make an informed decision if and when you do decide to purchase a crossover. Stop at Acura of the Rio Grande Valley and speak with our trained staff. They can answer any questions you may have.

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How to Clean Your Car in Only Five Minutes

There is nothing quite like having a clean car. We want you to be proud of your vehicle, and the first step is keeping it clean. Crumbs and dirt accumulate inside the car, especially if you eat in it or you have kids or pets. First, remove the trash and recyclable items. Next, take out things that don't need to be in the car.

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Get That Back-to-School Car Checkup!

School days are coming. They bring with them many responsibilities, which also include things to do with the car. As the school year approaches, taking care of a vehicle may become unavoidable since college students and "taxi driving" parents don't want to run into mishaps.

Don't ignore the basics. Let this be the first rule of a back-to-school auto check. Have all the major fluids checked. Don't overlook checking the condition of the brakes. Make sure the tires and hoses aren't worn. Neglected all these essential inspection points could prove hazardous. 

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Tips for Safe Use of a Roof Rack

Roof racks increase the storage space that you have. They make it possible to haul a canoe or kayak on top of your car or SUV. Improper use of a roof rack could result in injuries to you or damage to your car. When installing the rack, be sure to tighten all of the bolts properly.

You will also need to measure the height of your vehicle with the roof rack and the load. The last thing you would want to deal with is getting stuck under an overpass, tunnel or bridge that your trip's route requires you to…

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Tips for Driving in the Rain

With the increase of rain during the summer, there is also an increase in automobile accidents. We want you to be safe on the road and understand how to handle hazardous conditions. Read further to learn how to stay safe during the rain!

It is important to make sure that your windshield wipers are in good condition. The inserts shouldn’t leave any streaks that could cause poor visibility. In addition, you should also be certain that all taillights, headlights, and turn signals are operating properly. To be prepared for the rain, you should also make sure that your tires…

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Discover What the Extreme Heat and Cold Will Do to Your Battery

Extreme heat can shorten the lifespan of your battery. Your battery may actually have greater capacity when it is hot outside. This may sound like a plus, but there is a downside to this. A higher capacity battery will run out of power sooner. This will lead to a decreased lifespan.

In the winter time, your battery may suffer from lower capacity. A typical battery will see its capacity reduced by about 20% when it is freezing outside. The colder it is, the less capacity the battery will have.

A reduced capacity can cause problems. If it is really cold…

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Must-Have Items in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Packing the right items in your roadside emergency kit will lessen the time you are stuck with a disabled car on the side of the road.

Road flares in the roadside emergency kit are key to keeping other drivers alert you are sitting roadside. Tire fix-a-flat will give you the chance to get a disabled vehicle off the road by lifting the tire just high enough off the rim to move safely. Jumper cables will give a driver the chance to pull over and jump-start your vehicle in less time.

Pack a small bag with assorted tools and keep in…

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Tips for How to Jump Start Your Vehicle with Another Car

Today we break down the steps to jump-starting one car with another.

Begin by getting both cars nose to nose so that the jumper cables are able to reach both batteries easily. Turn off the engine once in park, then open both hoods and look for the plus and minus marks on each battery terminal.

Connect one red jumper cable to the plus on bad battery, then plus on good battery. Connect one black jumper cable to minus on good battery, then to exposed metal somewhere near the dead battery. Now you can start the one car and wait a…

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Uneven Tire Wearing? It Might Be That Your Wheels Are Out of Alignment

No one wants to replace their tires more than what's actually necessary, but you might have to replace them sooner if your wheels are misaligned. When you hit a curb or pothole, this can cause your wheels to go out of alignment. The misaligned wheels will cause your tires to wear unevenly, you will have less control over the vehicle, and you might experience a vibration in the steering wheel.

If you're noticing any of these signs, there's an easy fix, though. You can have your wheels re-aligned. Automotive technicians have specific equipment that can measure whether…

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