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Can You Keep Your Car's Engine Clean?

It's a good idea to keep your car clean, all of it. And "all" includes the engine. Yes, the engine can become dirty as dirt can sneak under the hood. Don't worry, the steps for keeping an engine clean aren't too tricky. Just pick a day with nice weather and make sure the engine is cool before doing anything.

Covering electrical components is necessary for safety reasons and to reduce any potential damage. Spraying the engine with a degreasing formula and them scrub the dirt away. Rinsing the engine soon after to wash away the grime.

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How Does a Blind-Spot Monitor Work?

Here at DCH Tustin Acura we receive questions daily about trend-forward tech features that hit the market annually. The feature of the day is the blind-spot monitor, an active safety feature worth noting. Here's how it works and why it's important.

Watching Your Back

Changing lanes with a vehicle in your blind spot is a recipe for a nasty collision. A blind-spot monitor uses sensors, radar, cameras or laser to monitor what's in your blind spot and issue alerts when a vehicle enters your blind spot. Sometime the alert happens as soon as a vehicle enters your…
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Should You Invest in Summer Tires or All-Season Tires?

When shopping for new tires, you may be torn over whether you should buy summer tires or tires that are designed for all seasons. Before you make your decision, it’s important to know some of the pros and cons of each type of tire so that you can choose the right option for your vehicle.

One of the biggest advantages of summer tires is their ability to perform well in heat and rain. When driving on wet pavement in Tustin , summer tires may help you stop your vehicle faster if you need to come to a sudden halt. 

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What You Need to Know About Your Vehicle's Headlights

Your headlights are the main lights on the front of your vehicle that allow you to see and be seen. Headlight systems have a normal setting and a high beam setting for foggy, raining or snowing conditions.

Why are they important?

Your headlights are critical for evening driving. Also, you are legally required to have two working headlights. Without working headlights, you will not be able to see traffic and pedestrians ahead of you during the night and during poor weather.

Signs that your headlights wearing out?

 

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Roadside Emergency Kits and What to Stock Them With

If you're looking to compile a roadside emergency kit to keep in the trunk of your vehicle, DCH Tustin Acura has some items we would like to recommend.
  • A variety of fluids would be beneficial. Coolant can fill your reservoir if your vehicle begins to overheat. Motor oil can top off a low reserve. Transmission fluid and windshield wiper fluids are also helpful.
  • Some items to have on hand for the winter include an ice scraper, an emergency blanket, non-perishable food items and kitty litter to help you get out of an icy spot.
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A Look at Springtime Car Care Tips

The spring marks a time of the year when you should pause for a moment to consider car care. The service pros at DCH Tustin Acura are eager to provide you any additional information you may need about spring car care tips. In addition, we've a full service center ready to assist you.

Among spring car care steps you should consider taking is to flush the cooling system and replace coolant. In addition, examine the tires and check on their wear. If they are over-worn, arrange for tire replacement. You will also want to check on the state of…

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Signs Your Belts and Hoses Need Replacing

Every member of our team at DCH Tustin Acura want you to be an informed driver knowledgeable of good automotive maintenance. Part of good auto maintenance is knowing when to replace parts like belts and hoses. As small as the belts and hoses may be, they play an important role in keeping your vehicle running as smoothly as possible and not breaking down on the road. Here are some signs that your belts and hoses may need to be replaced.

• Belts and hoses looked worn or frayed
?• Belts or hoses are actually broken
• Fluids are leaking under the vehicle
• Engine…

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Why Your Engine May Overheat

A frustrating and potentially costly issue is a car engine that overheats. There are a number of reasons why car engine overheat.

Your engine might overheat because of an issue with the radiator itself. For example, the radiator fan may be malfunctioning. The radiator itself may be damaged. Another issue that might cause overheating is a lack of a proper amount or consistency of coolant in the system. A broken thermostat or defective water pump are also reasons why a car engine ends up overheating.

There is a primary strategy you can use to protect against engine overheating. 

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The Alternator: Its Purpose and Warning Signs of Malfunction

DCH Tustin Acura knows that vehicles are complicated machines. There are numerous parts that are critical for proper operation. One of these critical parts is your vehicle's alternator. If your alternator goes bad, your car won't work at all.

The alternator in your vehicle serves two primary purposes. The alternator recharges the battery so that you can start your car when you need to. The alternator also works alongside the battery to keep various components of your car operating while it is running. If the alternator doesn't supply enough energy, your car can't function correctly. 

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Discover the Differences Between Oversteer and Understeer

At our dealership, we want to answer your common questions about the performance and terminology of your vehicle. Let's go over the differences between oversteer and understeer.

Oversteer - is when the driver causes the car to steer more than the steering wheel was turned. This is a common occurrence in cars that are front-wheel drive, as the front of the car has the control of power while the rear of the car easily loses traction.

Understeer - is when the wheels are turning but the car doesn't change direction. This most commonly happens with cars that are rear-wheel drive…

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