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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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How to Prevent Dangerous Hydroplaning

Every year, people are seriously injured and even killed in accidents caused by hydroplaning. There are some important strategies that can be utilized as a means of preventing hydroplaning in the first instance.

An important tactic to prevent hydroplaning is proper tire maintenance. This begins with ensuring that your tires always are properly inflated. 

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Mileage Matters

When you’re watching your budget, every little thing is important. So that you don’t have to keep filling up your tank all the time, you can make small changes to how you drive. You'll soon find that you'll have to go to the gas station less often.

Instead of aggressively accelerating and then quickly braking for red lights, you can drive more smoothly to reduce gasoline waste. 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

The alternator is responsible for providing power to most of the accessories in your vehicle. Most people think the car battery does the work and are surprised to discover how effective the alternator really is.

The best thing you can do each year is get your vehicle to the service station so they can do a complete servicing of the charging system. 

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Information About Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

When you get your vehicle's motor oil changed, you may have heard about motor oil viscosity ratings. At Ray Laks Acura of Buffalo in Williamsville, NY, we want you to have an understanding of how your vehicle works, which is why we have explained motor oil viscosity ratings below.

Viscosity refers to the letters and numbers on the bottles of motor oil. 

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Jumpstarting a Dead Battery

If the battery in your car has died, or you've encountered someone who is dealing with a dead battery, it's important to know how to properly jumpstart the broken down car. A quality set of jumper cables is all you need to get a dead battery back on the road.

Safety is important, so you want to make sure that both cars are parked near each other and out of the flow of any traffic. Take the positive cable and clamp it to the positive terminal of the dead battery, and then attach the other end to the…

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