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It May Be Time To Check Your Timing Belt

There’s a lot of moving parts under the hood of your car, and they all need to be checked out occasionally. Like in other situations, prevention is always the best policy. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.

The timing belt helps the camshaft and crankshaft turn at a synchronized rate. Without it working correctly, your engine can suddenly stop functioning and things could go downhill quickly. Your intake valves could get bent and your pistons could break. Neither of these situations would be fun to repair, both in terms of cost and time.

 

 

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Debadging Your Car is Easier Than You Think

Car enthusiasts usually prefer to modify all aspects of their vehicles. This includes removing the brand name logos that are applied to the vehicle's body. This task is commonly referred to as debadging. You can perform a DIY debadging job by following these steps.

First, determine if your car's badges are glued or fastened to the surface. Glued badges can be removed by applying a spray adhesive remover. Spraying the liquid around the edges of the badge will give you the best chance at breaking down the adhesive properties. You should then be able to ply off the…

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Roadside Emergency Supplies - What You Need

Traveling can be a lot of fun, whether it’s a short trip or across the country. Nothing can put a damper on your plans quicker than having a breakdown on the road. Having some good roadside emergency supplies can help you be more comfortable and get through the emergency better. Come to West Side Acura and check out what we have for supplies.

Here are some supplies that are worth having in your vehicle to help you get through your breakdown. • Jack and tire changing supplies

• Can of Fix-a-Flat
• Jumper cables
• Motor oil
• Antifreeze
• Household batteries
• Water
• Flashlight
• First…

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The Importance of Tire Pressure

Uneven wear on your tires can be the cause of tire blowouts or require replacement sooner, increasing your costs. Understanding how tire pressure affects your tires can help you to be a more informed car owner and save money in the long run.

When your tires are overinflated, the weight of the car is directed onto the center of the tire, causing it to wear out more quickly. Underinflated tires tend to wear along the edges. Both situations reduce the efficiency of your tires, causing you to use more gasoline to propel your car down the road. Regularly test your…

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Which Type of Warranty Is the Best for You?

When considering your next vehicle, you'll probably want to consider a warranty to ensure your car lasts as long as it should. But what's the difference between a powertrain warranty and a bumper-to-bumper warranty?

A powertrain warranty only covers parts of the vehicle that fall into the propulsion system category, like the transmission and engine. It also typically covers the components that bring power to the wheels. This type of warranty does not cover much else. A bumper-to-bumper warranty usually includes most components from the front- to the back...

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What are Automobile Gaskets?

Automobile gaskets are components of car engines. They are designed to seal two different elements of a car's engine. For example, the head gasket is placed on a car's cylinder head. There are other gaskets inside an engine as well as that are involved in connecting the engine other parts of the automobile.

When a gasket wears out or otherwise begins to function improperly, the net result can be serious damage to the vehicle's engine. For this reason, it is important to have gaskets inspected with some regularity. In addition, if a gasket breaks or leaks, you…

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Car Cleaning Tips and Tricks for DIY Headlight Restoration

Have you ever wanted to clean your car's headlights? If yours are looking dirty and clouded with a yellow color, you probably find it more difficult to drive at night due to the lights dimming. There are ways to fix headlight problems like this one from home. You can use some simple ingredients around the house to wipe away some of the discoloration and grime.

For one, toothpaste is a great way to scrub away the cloudy look on your lights. You can take a rag and dab a dollop of toothpaste on the exterior of your headlights, then…

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Debunking Common Motor Oil Myths

Debunking car myths could be a full-time job. And one of the biggest culprits is about motor oil. That is exactly why we here at West Side Acura think that it's imperative that we debunk some common motor oil myths so you can be an informed car owner.

The first is that if your oil is black, it needs to be changed. In fact, oil will be black for most of its useful life, and this is not indicative of needing to be changed. The second common oil myth is that you should always change your oil before going…

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Tips for Correctly Determining Tire Size

If you've ever looked closely at the markings on the sidewalls of your vehicle's tires, you may think they are a series of meaningless letters and numbers. At our West Side Acura service department, those special codes actually give our technicians a great amount of information apart from the tire's brand and model. We're happy to help you decipher these code numbers as a helpful way to understand tire size.

 

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