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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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Tips to Boost Fuel Economy from DCH Tustin Acura

Whether you're heading out for an extended road trip or you simply want to get better fuel mileage when going to and from work each day, DCH Tustin Acura has some tips to help you out.

It's not a good idea to carry around extra weight in your trunk all the time. If you're on a trip with luggage, try to keep things as light as you can. When you're around town in the Tustin area, make sure you don't have extra items in tow. That includes golf clubs, sports equipment, etc.

Routine maintenance should…

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Creating a Roadside Emergency Kit

At DCH Tustin Acura, we want to help drivers be ready for whatever life may throw at them. That is why we strongly recommend that drivers in Tustin create a roadside emergency kit. Taking the time to do so now can prevent you from a lot of stress if you end up on the side of the road.

First, think about things you would need to perform simple and quick fixes to your vehicle. Things like coolant and motor oil are easy to have in your trunk and may be all you need to at least make it to the…

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Is your Brake Pedal Defective? Here are some Signs

In an emergency, your brake pedal must operate properly. Accordingly, you should be mindful of these signs that indicate you need brake pedal repair in Tustin.

Worn or damaged brake pedals can sometimes become stuck. In some cases, this means the pedal will go only halfway down rather than all the way to the floor. Other times, it may be stuck in the upright position and refuse to depress at all. Either of these scenarios are very dangerous and could prevent you from fully stopping your vehicle. Your brake pedal is equipped with a skid-proof coating. 

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Common Motor Oil Myths

We all know that routine oil changes are an important part of being a vehicle owner in Tustin. However, you may not realize that there are some motor oil myths out there that can affect how you take care of your automobile. Before you schedule that oil change, let us here at DCH Tustin Acura share some information that can be beneficial.

Some people recommend that your oil is changed every 3000 miles. In fact, the frequency at which you have oil changes performed will depend on a number of factors. You need to take into consideration the type of…

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a common issue that occurs when it is raining outside. This can be scary because you may feel as though you are losing control of your vehicle. There are several ways that you can prevent hydroplaning. You need to make sure that your car has received the proper maintenance.

You should have your tires inspected on a regular basis. You will also need to rotate and replace the tires when necessary. Additionally, you will need to be careful when you are driving. Slow down when it is raining or snowing outside.

 

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Fuel System Failing? What To Look For

Your fuel pump is the important piece of equipment that sends gas from your fuel tank to your engine. Here are some quick warning signs that your fuel pump needs immediate attention.

Lower Fuel Mileage
Your fuel pump may have a valve relief. When that valve relief fails to close, then it will send more gas to your engine. This can lead to lower fuel efficiency and higher fuel costs for you.

Engine Not Turning Over
?If your engine is not starting, then it could 

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