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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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Know the Move Over Laws Before Traveling This Spring

There’s nothing worse than being pulled over because you didn’t know the law. At Acura of Serramonte, we’re here to make sure you know about the “Move Over” laws that exist all over the country.

While the laws vary a bit from state to state, the main point is that you need to move over when you see an emergency vehicle parked or stopped on the side of the road. You should change lanes to give them plenty of space. 

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How Android Auto Can Help You

When you visit us at Acura of Serramonte, you can learn more about Android Auto. This popular in-vehicle technology is allowing you to go hands-free. You can be hands-free for calls, navigation, music, and other apps.

There’s no need to look away from the road because Google Assistant is right there. You can use voice commands to get the help that you need playing music from an app, finding out where the nearest gas station is, and more. Once you connect your smartphone to the vehicle, you can use voice commands for everything. 

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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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Vehicles are Tested for Children

As a vehicle is being developed, tests are run to make sure that the vehicle is reliable and safe for everyone. Among the people that the vehicle needs to be safe for are children. Therefore, special tests are run on how safe the vehicle can be.

One of the tests for children is the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children test, or LATCH test for short. This is a testing of the system of hardware for child restraints. The LATCH is designed to make it easier for car seats to be installed.  

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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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Protect the Floors in Your Car

Protecting the floorboards in your vehicle is likely an important part of ensuring that the interior stays in pristine condition. Floor mats are beneficial, but do you know what kind of mats you should have in your vehicle?

All-weather mats usually have grooves in them that collect dirt and debris. They are often made of rubber and easy to wash off with water. All-weather mats are flexible but have ridges on the bottom so that they stay in place while they are in the car. These are often the best option if you live in an area that sees a…

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Load Your SUV Properly to Avoid Mishaps

One of the reasons you bought an SUV is the ease it offers for doing daily errands and loading cargo into the back of the vehicle. When you're going on a road trip, or when you're hauling a number of heavy items such as home renovation materials, the way you pack your SUV can make a big difference.

First off, know the maximum capacity of your vehicle for hauling items. You'll find this information in your vehicle's owner's manual. Putting too much weigh in your SUV can damage various part of the vehicle. 

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