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Why You Should Wash Your Car

Washing your car can seem like a hassle at times, but it is a great way to preserve your investment in your vehicle and keep your car on the road as long as possible. One of the top reasons to wash your car frequently is that it prevents against exterior damage. When your exterior paint rubs down or is exposed to elements, it can rust and corrode more easily. This can eventually lead to mechanical issues with your car, not to mention it decreases the resale value of your vehicle. 

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How to Care for Your Vehicle in the Spring

While you're driving during the spring and summer months, you might encounter more rain. Take the time to examine your windshield wipers to ensure that they aren't rusted or cracked. Sometimes, ice and freezing temperatures in the winter can cause the wipers to crack. It's often better to replace your wipers instead of using them and not knowing of their condition.

Check the fluids in your vehicle. These include the oil, coolant, and transmission fluid. The warmer weather will often cause fluids to thin out and get hotter, which can lead to damage if the components aren…

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Learn How to Clean Your Vehicle's Engine

Taking care of your vehicle will extend its life and keep it in optimal shape. At Acura of Serramonte, we like to help our customers take care of their vehicles. Cleaning an engine is important and should be performed every year or two, but how does one properly clean an engine? Let's find out below.

The best time to clean your engine is on a warm day with low humidity. If your vehicle was recently running, then be sure that the engine is cool before you begin. It is best if you wait about 15 minutes to prevent burns…

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Find Out How to Charge Your Car Battery

It’s important that you have a working car battery as you go about your day. Knowing how to charge your battery will allow you to care for your vehicle throughout the year. At Acura of Serramonte, we have a few tips to help you out.

Turn off your vehicle and open the hood. Locate the positive and negative terminals on the battery. Then, locate your battery charger. Be sure to use the red clamp on the positive terminal and the black clamp on the negative one. 

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Your tires and wheels get just as dirty as the rest of your car, so here are a few tips that will help you clean them. Start with your tires. When you wash your car, it's always best to start with your wheels and tires. That way, you won't splash dirty water or brake dust onto parts of your car that have already been cleaned.

Choose a good cleaner and tire brush. The cleaner you choose for your wheels will depend on what kind of wheels they are and how dirty they've gotten. You can use a…

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Managing Your Car's Odor

When a car's odor is good, it's a great thing. Who doesn't love that new car smell? When it goes bad, though, car odor can be terrible. Spills, rain, or leaks can all cause strange and off-putting smells in a car.

It's a good idea to be prepared for spills before they happen. Keep paper towels, or better yet, soft cloths in your car. When spills happen, pull over to the side of the road and deal with them quickly. If you're already past that point, and there's a lingering odor, use vacuuming to…

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How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Vehicle

Has your vehicle become the residence of rodents during the colder months of the year? It turns out that it's become more common as newer vehicles contain plant-based materials that attract the teeth of these animals.

One solution to the problem of rodents nesting in a vehicle's engine compartment that's been developed is capsaicin tape. This special kind of duct tape has been impregnated with the substance that makes hot peppers hot. 

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The Importance of a Differential Service

One of the types of services that are important for your vehicle in order to maintain the health of it is a differential service. If you are looking for a place to get a differential service, we are willing to provide you the services you need at Acura of Serramonte.

If you are wondering what goes into a differential service, one of the most important thing is the fluids. You have to make sure that your differential fluid is replaced on a regular basis so that you can avoid issues with your vehicle. 

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The Value of Tire Maintenance

It is important to routinely service and repair your tires through checking your tread and pressure. If you have recently invested in a new vehicle, then you probably are learning about all of the items that you need to focus on when it comes to routine service and maintenance. This maintenance is imperative if you want to protect the overall investment of your vehicle. Seeing as how your tires see a lot of daily wear and tear, this is something you need to keep a close eye on. Having improper tire pressure or low tread, can lead to safety concerns…

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Understanding the Operation of a Timing Belt

An engine is a complex machine. As the owner of a car, you need to understand some of the basics associated with an engine. One element of an internal combustion engine you need to be familiar with is a timing belt.

A timing belt is an element of an engine that is designed to ensure that valves open and close properly in conjunction with a cylinder's intake and exhaust strokes. This precision movement is vital to the operation of an engine.  

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