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Headlights Are Important for Safe Driving

Responsible vehicle owners know that having working headlights are key to safety on the road for both the driver and other motorists they encounter. When you suspect a headlight has gone out, it is crucial that you immediately go to DCH Acura of Temecula to have it changed.

Driving at night with a busted or burned out headlight puts you at risk of a traffic ticket, or worse, a car wreck. Having dimly lit headlights or excessively bright headlights can also be a danger. Make sure your headlights bulbs are an appropriate brightness.  

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Belts and Hoses Have a Purpose

If you want to take care of your vehicle, a large part of that is knowing what the components are and what they do. Among the components you need to know about are the belts and hoses. This will help you make the right choices in taking care of your engine.

The timing belt is meant to make sure that the camshaft and the crankshaft are working properly. The best thing to do is check it and be ready to change it before it wears out. The serpentine belt transfers powers from the crankshaft to other accessories of the engine…

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Overheated Engines Lead to Major Expenses

An overheated engine can cause permanent damage. It can lead to a blown head gasket or a ceased engine. This is totally preventable with regular maintenance.

There are two things to be aware of regarding your vehicle's coolant system. The first is that you need to regularly service your cooling system according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule. This includes flushing out the cooling system and replacing the coolant. 

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Consider Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

For most drivers, windshield wiper maintenance is often neglected. However, windshield wipers are pertinent for safe driving. When a rain or snow storm occurs, windshield wipers are usually the only tool used to increase visibility. When your wipers are old or damaged, it becomes a major safety hazard.

Old and damaged windshield wipers should be replaced immediately. Not only can damaged windshield wipers scratch your vehicle’s windshield, but they could also cause a collision. Your should commit to inspecting your windshield wipers occasionally to prevent mishaps. 

 

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Get Your Car Ready this Spring

With the winter finally letting go, it's time to get your car ready for some fun this summer. Pack away the shovel and road salt and bring on the road trips. To get your car ready this spring, start by looking over your owner's manual. If you haven't completed scheduled maintenance, get that done first.

As you get ready for the summer, have your car inspected by a mechanic. Have your fluid levels checked and get any small repairs that are necessary completed at this time. Look over your tires and check the pressure. 

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Find Out Why Your Tire Pressure Light is On

At DCH Acura of Temecula, we love the tire pressure monitoring system found in so many vehicles. Our goal is to help you be safe on the road, so it’s important to know why your tire pressure light may be on.

Your first thought may be to ignore the light, hoping that it is nothing to be concerned about. As tires heat up throughout the day, the PSI can change. When this happens, the light may come on. Over time, the light will go off on its own. 

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Engine Cleaning is a Strategic Job

In order to clean an engine, you'll need proper plans and helpful tools. Because this is a simple job, you can complete all phases of the cleaning process is a timely manner.

When planning for an engine cleaning job, always consider the weather. Wind and extreme heat can lead to poor results, so you should schedule this job on a warm, pleasant day. Besides environmental heat, engine heat can also cause problems, which is why you must let the engine's housing cool down before beginning the prep phase.  

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What Kind of Sealant Should You Use to Finish a Headlight Restoration?

There are several sealants used on headlights at factories that remain on the surface of your light for years in some climates and only weeks in others. If you only drive through town with your vehicle to take care of local errands, such as grocery shopping or visiting friends and family, then the sealant on your headlights will last for years. If you are driving through a desert area where strong winds carry sand and dust, then the sealant may last for a few weeks.

The sealant used at auto factories lasts longer than any other preventative seal coating. 

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How to Do a Deep Tire Cleaning

Unless you are really into cars, you probably haven't paid much attention to the cleanliness of your tires and wheels. Perhaps you hope that driving through the rain will wash them off adequately or assume that your regular trip to the car wash will suffice. The reality is that tires and wheels need some extra care to keep them looking new and working well.

If your tires are very dirty or have suffered from caustic degreasers in the past, you may want to check out a rejuvenator or professional-grade tire cleanser first. Read the labels to determine if these…

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Ways to Prevent Driving While Distracted

Driving while distracted is a big problem on the highways today, and at DCH Acura of Temecula, we want to help you drive safely. Even if you’re not distracted, you never know about other drivers. Here are some ways to prevent being a victim of distracted driving.

  • Avoid driving if you’re tired.
  • Allow enough time so you’re not rushed.
  • Make any adjustments (GPS, radio, mirrors) you need prior to heading out on the road.
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving.
  • Avoid eating or drinking when you’re driving. 
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