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Improve Safety By Avoiding Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the most common yet significant dangers that drivers face today. The rise of the smartphone and a multi-tasking society has meant that it's easy to have your eyes and mind taken away from the road ahead. However, keeping a few tips in mind can help to keep you and others safe on the roads.

It's not just mobile phones that can distract a driver. You can help to avoid distractions by keeping a neat car. This means storing your loose items, books, gear and other items in the glove compartment or other containers…

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Understanding Brakes and their Functions

It does not take an auto enthusiast to know that proper brake function is critical to the safe and effective operation of any vehicle. From brake pads to calipers to rotors, every congruent part is essential. Most car manufacturers recommend brake service every 12,000 miles or when your car exhibits signs of brake failure. Symptoms of poor brakes include an illuminated brake warning light, grinding or squealing sounds when brakes are applied, a spongy brake response, or the vehicle pulling to one side when the brakes are used. 

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Should You Buy All-Weather Rubber Mats Or Carpet Floor Mats?

Here at Acura of Serramonte, we love seeing our customers get the most out of their vehicles. Today we're going to talk about a commonly overlooked accessory: Floor mats.

Carpet floor mats come in a wide variety of colors, and they offer more coverage and protection than standard factory floor mats. If your car stays relatively clean, carpet floor mats are a great, cost-effective option. You can even customize carpet mats with your initials or business logo. Drivers in need of a more durable solution should consider all-weather rubber floor mats. 

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How Often Should I Flush My Brake Fluid?

Modern brake fluid is extremely durable, but it still has a finite lifespan. There will come a point when you need to completely flush your brake lines and replace the used brake fluid. This maintenance task is absolutely vital to your safety and the well-being of your vehicle.

Most mechanics agree that brake fluid should be flushed at least once every two years. If you use your vehicle quite a bit or drive in harsh conditions, then you might need to change it as often as once every nine months. 

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Signs the Transmission in Your Car is Failing

When the transmission is operating in your car as it should, you will never notice a thing. It is when the transmission is failing that you start to feel your car responding negatively, and this needs to be addressed in a timely manner or it will get worse.

When you give the car gas, the engine responds and your vehicle shoots forward. If the transmission is failing, you'll feel less in the way of power and you may even begin to feel the slippage too. Have the transmission fluids drained and filter replaced to see if any trouble exists…

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Do You Know the Difference Between Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive?

Your vehicle is a complex piece of machinery that is comprised of numerous components, such as a transmission system. A vehicle's transmission system is either front-wheel or rear-wheel drive, and knowing the difference can help you keep your car running properly.

Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive models differ in how and where power is distributed to the wheels of the vehicle. A vehicle with a rear-wheel drive transmission system is powered from the rear wheels pushing it forward, which occurs when energy is transferred from the engine to the rear wheels via the drive shaft. 

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Are There Different Types of Ignition Systems?

Since the invention of the automobile, many ignition systems have been used. Early inventors realized the importance of providing a continuous spark inside a combustion chamber. Otherwise, the vehicle would not run. Initial ignition was originally created by a hand crank. The automotive industry did not take long to invent a dependable ignition system that took less physical effort.

Up until 1974, the ignition system consisted of mechanical parts. Though dependable, each part could contribute to an ignition problem. In 1975, the electronic ignition system was introduced. 

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Testing Your Car's Battery

Taking the time to test your car's battery can be one of the top ways to avoid long-term damage in the future. The battery is one of the most important components of the vehicle, and wear can appear quickly. Fortunately, however, testing procedures can be very quick and simple.

Before you begin the testing itself, make sure that you take out your ignition key and that all of the car's lights are off. When ready, connect the positive voltmeter test lead up with your battery's corresponding terminal. 

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How to Handle a Flat Tire

A flat tire is a situation every driver is likely to encounter at least once. Knowing what to do when it happens is a good idea to stay safe and get yourself to the nearest service center for a new tire.

When you realize you have a flat tire, it's important to pull over and stop your car in a safe way. Most cars are equipped with emergency spares commonly called "donuts," a tire iron, and a jack. 

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Examine Your Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Throughout your vehicle, there are a number of disposable parts that should be changed or serviced frequently in order to protect the overall integrity of your car or SUV. One such item is an air filter. Now, you have a number of air filters in your vehicle that contribute to the air quality that you breathe inside of your cabin, but there are also air filters that are elsewhere, like inside of your engine. When changed out to a new filter, your vehicle will gain some extra efficiency and improve how quickly it can accelerate.

 

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