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Understanding Four-Wheel Drive: The Difference Between 4-High and 4-Low

Four-wheel drive helps you navigate tough road conditions such as unpaved roads, steep hills, slippery surfaces or driving off-road. The most common types of four-wheel drive are 4-high and 4-low. Each one has a unique function, and you must use them appropriately or you could damage your car or truck.

4- High sends power to all four of your wheels while you are driving at high speeds. Most manufacturers recommend you use this gear when you are traveling up to 55 mph. 4-high works best when road conditions are muddy, icy or rocky, but you are driving at normal speeds…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Cleaning your car is pretty easy, especially if you contribute just 30 minutes to it once a week. You can clean your tires first, because they are typically the most concentrated collection of grime and dust. You don’t want to splash this up on your vehicle as it will just make the process longer. When you clear your tires, use a professional grade cleaner that can work with any type of rubber, including ones with coating or anodization.

Once you’ve applied cleaner, you should wipe and spray them, rinsing the cleaner off entirely.  

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DIY Car Odor Neutralizers

When odors start to affect your drive, it's important that you take action to neutralize them as soon as possible. While perfumes and sprays can provide some temporary relief, they only mask the odors. We here at West Side Acura want you to know how to care for your car, so here are some easy odor neutralizers.

Baking soda is a product that's used to keeps smells in the kitchens at bay. The powder absorbs odors and changes its overall pH balance. You can use this to your advantage in your car. Simply sprinkle it on the floors…

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Utilize Different Vehicle Safety Ratings for Your Shopping Process

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program created their five star vehicle rating program as a way to rate new vehicles based on a variety of safety factors. An overall score is usually given to a vehicle, but one to five stars is also assigned to areas of the vehicle like side crash impact, front crash impact, rear crash impact, etc. This rating system has been around since 1978.

Safercar.gov is where you can find a comprehensive listing of all the vehicles on the market currently that have a rating listed. 

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How to Tell If Your Vehicle Battery is Weak

There are fewer frustrations than a dead battery in a vehicle. For many people the dead battery happens as a surprise. While the battery can give off some warnings, often your vehicle simply won't start. There are some precautions you can take, however, to know before it happens.

One is a simple question of how old your battery is. If your battery is over five years old, you can assume it's time to replace it. While a two-year-old battery can fail, one more than five years is assured to fail within a short time.

If you turn your…
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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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What Is A-Spec?



If you’ve walked into our Acura dealership lately, you might have noticed that shiny new badge on a lot of our vehicles: A-Spec, shining at you in red and black. Is it just a vanity badge, or does it quietly communicate big enhancements in performance and luxury? Today, let’s take a look at all the advanced features you get when choosing A-Spec.

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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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2019 Acura RDX Wins Safety Award


At West Side Acura in Edmonton, we've made no secret of our admiration for the redesigned 2019 Acura RDX. After all, we get to drive it, so we know how its combination of technology and performance can set hearts racing. But now our 2019 Acura RDX review includes a new honor: a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).  

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We Played Human Foosball for Charity



We here at West Side Acura know that it’s important for businesses to give back to the community that made us. That’s why our dealership is a proud supporter of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. As part of the Yachimec Auto Group, we’ve contributed over 2.7 million dollars in fundraising over the past 20 years and will continue to contribute in the future.


Last weekend, West Side Acura contributed in a fun way to the Stollery’s annual fundraising event, Wheels for Wellness. It’s a rally-like course consisting of various teams making their way…

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