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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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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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A Brief Explanation of Your Vehicle's Alternator

Keeping your vehicle in good shape can extend its life and help it function well, so it can be helpful if you understand the components of your vehicle. Your vehicle's charging system includes a battery, alternator, and starter. The alternator is a critical piece of equipment that should be kept free of damage. To learn more about your vehicle's alternator, read further.

Your battery stays charged when your vehicle is running because of the alternator. In addition, the alternator also assists the battery to make certain that the electrical components, such as the headlights, work.  

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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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How to Properly Install a Child Safety Seat

Have you been thinking about installing a child safety seat in your car? You aren't alone. The right safety seat can make an incredible difference. Not only will this help protect your child in the event of a collision, but a safety seat can also help your child stay secure and in place while you're driving.

Make sure you place the seat in the back of your vehicle. Avoid placing a car seat up front. The safest place for your child to ride is in the back seat. Use your seat belt to attach the car seat. The…

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What to Do if You're in an Accident

Anyone who’s ever been in an accident knows it can be frightening and stressful. Knowing what to do after an accident can make a big difference to everyone involved. We have some great tips we’d like to share with our valued customers regarding accidents, repairs and automotive service in general. Stop at Acura of Serramonte and let us share our knowledge with you.

If you’re involved in an auto accident, even if it’s a small one, here are some tips to remember.

  • Contact law enforcement. 
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Brake Fluid: How it Works

Hydraulic fluid, which is also called brake fluid, is an important component of your braking system. It is made to work under extreme temperatures, and you wouldn't be able to stop your car without brake fluid. To give you a better understanding of brake fluid, we invite you to read our content below.

While there are a variety of brake fluids, the two main types are glycol-based and silicone-based. Brake fluid is kept in the brake lines and needs to be drained and changed on a routine basis. Vehicles that have an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) typically need a…

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Be Prepared and Stay Safe During Emergencies

Car break downs, flat tires and accidents are an unfortunate fact of life for drivers. With some simple preparation you can mitigate a lot of problems by being ready when misfortune does strike. By following a few basic tips, you can stay safe during emergencies.

Being prepared means having an emergency kit ready and in your vehicle. This kit should include items such as jumper cables, anti-freeze, water, flashlight, a blanket, 1st-aid kit and road flares. Sand or kitty litter can come in handy to provide extra traction if you get stuck in mud or snow.  

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Are Summer Tires Preferable to All-Season Tires?

As you consider replacing the tires on your car, you may find yourself with some questions. For example, you may wonder whether you should select summer tires or all-season ones. You may have questions about which type of tire is better. In the final analysis, ascertaining what type of tire will best meet your needs largely depends on where you live.

If you are in an area that does not have a real winter, summer tires are likely the best choice. Summer tires perform better in wet and dry conditions. On the other hand, in areas with true winter conditions…

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