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Controlling Odors in Your Vehicle Protects Your Investment and Makes for a Nicer Ride

There's nothing worse than having a new-to-you vehicle that is stinky on the inside. Just because a car is new, doesn't mean it isn't susceptible to odors and smells. If you notice something is amiss, try to track down the odor. You may end up finding an old food wrapper laying around. Once you have cleaned out the mess causing the odor, take some steps to freshen up your vehicle and keep it clean. 

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Why You Should Only Drive with Snow Tires in Winter

It just is not a good idea to keep your snow tires on your vehicle all year long. Winter tires are optimized to help you get good traction on the road in cold, snow and ice.

The deeper treads in winter tires make them not suitable to drive on regular roads during the summer time. The more flexible tread will wear down much faster in the high summer temperatures. You will also experience some decreased handling capability if using snow tires during warmer weather. 

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Learn the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer

The crew here at Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo wanted to help our audience have a better understanding of the differences between oversteer and understeer so you can quickly identify the trouble and have the front end inspected.

Understeeer is when you try to turn the wheel but your vehicle does not adjust accordingly and you leave the road. When you try to make turns and you find your vehicle is hugging the shoulder or leaves the road altogether, you'll want to get servicing quickly because you may not be able to keep the vehicle on the road at…

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Prepare for Inclement Weather with a Winter Survival Kit

With the cold temperatures in full effect, now is the time to make sure you have everything you need in your vehicle in case you are stranded. Your vehicle may stall on the side of the road during some bitter cold temperatures. You could get stuck in traffic. You may even end up stuck on a very snowy road with no plow in sight. It is important for your safety to have what you need for the next few hours.

A winter survival kit should include items that will keep you safe, warm, hydrated and fed. Keep road flares on…

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How to Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

Having your car stolen can be a huge inconvenience and loss, even if it is covered by insurance. We at Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo want you to be an informed driver with knowledge of who to prevent it from happening to you. Come pay us a visit and get some helpful tips. Here are some tips on protecting your vehicle from theft.

Never leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Keep the vehicle locked at all times.
  • Do not leave valuables in the vehicle. 
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    How to Correct a Slide on Icy Roads

    If you are driving and find your car is hydroplaning, as in sliding uncontrollably, then you need to slow down. The most common problem for cars that slide on icy roads and in snowy conditions is because they were going over 45 mph. Once you start going at these speeds, it's more difficult for your wheels to stop, especially if you don't have snow tires.

    There are some vehicles that come with icy road alerts that will let you know when there is a problem. However, if you want to correct a slide, there's a really simple…

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    Changes in the Vehicle: From Timing Chain to Timing Belt

    One of the best things about the automotive industry is that the professionals and designers of the vehicles make the necessary changes in order to better meet the needs of the public. Among the reasons that they make changes is to improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicles they are selling.

    One example of a change that has occurred in a vehicle is that of changing from a timing chain to a timing belt. The reason the timing chain was replaced is to reduce the amount of weight the vehicle had. As a result, the vehicle was a bit lighter…

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    Is It Time for a Differential Fluid Change?

    Our Acura service technicians agree that most drivers aren't aware that their vehicle features a gearbox called a differential, located between the vehicle's drive wheels. But it is important to know that the differential fluid must be replaced on a regular basis in order to keep the vehicle operating at peak performance.

    There is both a front and rear differential if you operate a four-wheel drive vehicle. The lubricating fluid inside these gearboxes prevents gears from becoming overheated. Over the course of time, this fluid breaks down, can begin leaking out, or become contaminated.  

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    Why Should You Have Your Alternator Checked Regularly?

    Many people think that the battery is what keeps the car running. However, the purpose of the battery is to start the car. After that, the car needs some way to recharge the battery. That is what the alternator is designed to do. Otherwise, the battery would simply run out of juice just like the battery in your child’s Christmas toy.

    The alternator works like a hydroelectric dam with spinning wheels inside of copper coils that generate an electrical field. Sometimes an alternator may fail all at once, and sometimes it gives you signs of its ultimate demise.  

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    How Long Can You Drive on a Spare Tire?

    If you don't already have a spare tire in your vehicle, you should. A blowout or a slow leak can happen at any time, and you not only should have a spare tire, but you should also know which kind you have. You can have a full-size spare tire, or you could also have a compact, temporary spare tire. Here's the difference.

    A full-size temporary spare tire is the same size as your other tires, but it's made of lighter material, so it won't work forever. The positive is that it won't interfere with ABS…

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