Vital Information About Your Car's Brakes

When you press on the brake pedal, you assume that your vehicle is going to either slow down or come to a stop. However, if there are problems with the vehicles brake line, pads or rotors, this may not be the case. Typically, you will need to replace brake pads every 20,000 to 50,000 miles.

Generally, you'll need to replace them more often if you tow a trailer or stop frequently for traffic lights or pedestrians on your daily commute. Signs of brake problems include squealing noises when you 

 

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Is My Transmission Going Bad?

Your vehicle's transmission is a very important part of the vehicle. If it suddenly malfunctioned, your vehicle would probably stop running. As is the case with any part of your car, it will eventually wear out and early detection is the best way to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Even if you're not a mechanic, there are certain signs you can look for if you think your transmission may be malfunctioning. Our team at Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo is here to answer any of your automotive questions and to offer you tips on what signs…

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Fuel Economy

If you have a new vehicle from Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo and want to make sure you're using it as efficiently as possible, we have some tips to share with you. We don't want you to constantly be filling up at the gas station, so here's how you can increase your fuel efficiency numbers.

  • It's a good idea to let your engine warm up for at least a few minutes before its driven. This is especially true in the winter months when the temperatures outside are below freezing.
  • Regular oil changes can increase the efficiency…
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How Windshield Glass Chips Are Repaired

A chip in your car's windshield should be fixed as it has the potential to turn into a crack at any time. Generally speaking, a professional can repair chipped glass in a timely and affordable manner, and your insurance policy may cover the cost of fixing or replacing a windshield.

In most cases, glass chips are repaired by covering them with a resin that will then be put under a light to harden over a period of several minutes. Once the resin has hardened, the glass will be wiped down to ensure that there is no excess material or…

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How to Keep Your Vehicle's Battery Charged

The charge of your battery is incredibly important. While you can draw on this battery for a little bit for things like your radio or dome lights, you need your engine running in order for the battery to charge back up. Your alternator is in charge of getting this done. A lot of people end up leaving their engine off for too long, and you'll find your battery dead in a short amount of time.

An external battery charger is a product that you can purchase to have for these types of situations. You simply plug your battery right…

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Learning More About Mufflers and Exhaust Systems

One of the most important parts of your vehicle is the exhaust system. A poorly performing exhaust system can lead to vehicle issues. So here is a look at what the exhaust does and what role the muffler plays your exhaust system.

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The exhaust system is responsible for taking the gaseous by-product of an internal combustion engine and removing it from the vehicle. This is done through the exhaust pipes. Some of the things that you should look out for, in an exhaust system, are leaky pipes or a poor fit of any component in the system.

 

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Don't Let Your Car Hydroplane

When the wheel pushes water under your tire, the chances for hydroplaning increase. A hydroplaning vehicle can slide on the road and crash. Keeping your tires properly inflated is one way to reduce the chances of hydroplaning. Being aware of specific facts might further cut down on the potential for an accident.

Hydroplaning occurs when rain mixes with residue on the road. If you are traveling more than 35 mph, the risks increase. Also, the first ten minutes right after a light rain expands the dangers. Braking and steering may become surprisingly inefficient at this time.

 

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The Difference Between Full-Size and Compact Spare Tires

Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo wants you to be an informed driver when it comes to issues of car maintenance. Temporary spare tires, or donuts, are commonly found in most cars today. There are differences between these compact tires and full-size spares that you should be aware of.

A temporary spare tire is not meant to be a long-term solution for a flat tire. It is designed to help you reach a service center so that you can have the flat replaced with a full-size tire. These tires should not be driven at higher rates of speed. Doing so could…

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Two Tips To Stay Safe During A Roadside Emergency

Roadside emergencies can be frightening, especially when drivers aren't prepared for them. Motorists who've taken the time to plan for the unexpected are able to avoid further damages to their vehicles, prevent physical injuries, and preserve important legal evidence among other things. At Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo, we want to share two tips for staying safe whenever you find yourself waiting for roadside assistance.

Keep Your Doors Locked And Speak Through The Window

If you are able to park your car in a safe, out-of-the-way location, remain in the

 

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Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blade replacement is one of many quick but essential auto service jobs that our Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo service team performs daily. It's advisable to replace windshield wiper blades before the change of seasons or every six to 12 months. Here's why.

Daily Demands on Wiper Blades

It's not until bad weather rolls around that we deploy windshield wipers. Even when the weather's good, the elements are still quite harsh to wiper blades. Moisture, heat, cold, debris and even UV light all conspire to erode, dry out, harden, split and break windshield wiper…
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