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Basic Windshield Chip Repair Prep

If you intend to perform windshield chip repairs with an over-the-counter DIY kit, how do you prepare your windshield? Much as our DCH Tustin Acura team would like for you to visit our service department, we understand that sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. Here are the raw facts.

Preparing for DIY Windshield Chip Repairs

First, determine if DIY methods are even worth it. If you have more than three windshield chips or if you have any windshield chip that exceeds 6 inches in width or length, DIY windshield repairs won't help you.

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What Happens During Fuel System Service

Fuel system service may not be required as often as you think, or your car may need it more frequently than you think. It all depends on how many miles you log daily, your driving habits and year-round driving conditions on roads in Tustin. Here's our DCH Tustin Acura team's quick rundown.

How to Tell When You Need Fuel System Service

Surprisingly, your vehicle owner's manual offers specific advice about what maintenance to get and when over the lifetime of your vehicle. The same manual is strangely silent on when to get fuel system service

 

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The Best Car Seat for Your Child

The best way to keep your child secure and protected as you drive is with a car seat appropriate to their age. As they grow older, they progress from the rear-facing seat required by infants to a forward-facing restraint system and finally a booster seat. When their weight and age allow, they will then be able to use the vehicle’s own seat belts as adults do. You can buy a seat system that converts into multiple styles.

Proper installation of the car seat is key to protecting your child. Some car seat designs may not fit the dimensions or…

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These Suggestions Can Keep You Safe On Wet Pavement

Driving in the rain doesn’t have to leave you squeamish, not when you know how it’s done. At DCH Tustin Acura we like to think we have been helpful in making your driving experience good ones. This is why we offer these suggestions about how to drive in the rain.

Standing water on the road is one of the most mentioned hazards drivers encounter when it’s raining. We like to tell our customers, when they ask, that proper tire tread can reduce the incidence of hydroplaning and skidding out of control, especially when drivers take other precautions…

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Two Important Reasons To Make Regular Car Washes a Top Priority

Many Tustin locals think that washing their cars is a just a matter of ensuring good overall aesthetics. Surprisingly, however, this important and often overlooked maintenance can both ensure the longevity of a vehicle and keep drivers and their passengers safe. At DCH Tustin Acura, we want to share two reasons why regular car washes should always be a priority.

Prevent Paint Damage and Corrosion

The most obvious benefit of regularly washing your vehicle is being able to keep it looking like new. However, letting dirt and other debris build up on your 

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Easy Fuel Economy Tips To Make Your Gas Go Further

Shopping for a fuel-efficient vehicle is a great way to save money at the pump. Surprisingly, however, Tustin drivers can optimize these savings by simply altering their driving habits. At DCH Tustin Acura, we're excited to share two easy ways in which drivers can limit their spending at the pump by adopting fuel-efficient driving styles.

Take It Easy on the Gas Pedal

Driving at top speeds is the surest way to burn up a lot of unnecessary fuel. In area of high traffic, however, even driving at moderate speeds can be problematic if this means having to constantly toggle…

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Winter Driving Safety: What to Do When You Slide on Ice

At DCH Tustin Acura, we know how scary it can be to find yourself sliding on ice. You can reduce the likelihood of sliding on an icy road in Tustin or anywhere else by driving at a speed that is safe for conditions, but sometimes, you may hit a patch of ice you do not expect.

Often, your first instinct is to hit the brakes and try to turn against the slide. Unfortunately, both of these actions can actually make the situation worse. Instead, you need to turn the steering wheel in the same direction that the back of your…

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Knowing How to Charge a Car Battery is Important

DCH Tustin Acura believes that all car owners in Tustin should be aware of basic automotive maintenance procedures. This includes the proper way to charge a car battery. Here are some important things to remember when you are faced with a dead car battery.

Car batteries can lose their charge for many reasons. They may suffer a mechanical failure, or your car's alternator may fail to charge the battery while the car is in operation. When the battery goes dead, you should try to have it tested before attempting to recharge. There is no point in charging a battery…

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Transmissions

In your car, the transmission is an important component that makes the engine work properly. It does this by shifting between different gears as the engine ramps up in power.

You'll need higher gears whenever you go faster or go up hills, and lower gears for the opposite. The transmission sets which gear the engine is currently using. A smooth, well-tuned automatic transmission will handle this seamlessly without any effort on your part. It tracks the performance of the engine and picks the most appropriate gear for the moment.

 

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Interpreting Tire Measurements

It is common sense that anyone who owns a car knows the tires they use and the correct measurements. However, this sense is not so common. We have had many clients asking for help when it comes to picking new tires for their rides. Others have complained about buying the wrong tires. Well, how can you avoid this? Simply by knowing the measurements of your tires.

Tire size comes in a series of letters and numbers. Let's get an example and read it practically. When you examine the sidewall of your tire, you will find a number like this…

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