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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Enjoy Safe, Convenient Driving with Apple CarPlay

If you’re not yet familiar with the many amenities of the Apple CarPlay system, the team at DCH Tustin Acura is ready to tell you all about it. Be sure to ask how this cutting-edge new connectivity technology can help you the next time you stop in for a test drive at our showroom here in Tustin.

Apple CarPlay works in connection with a compatible iPhone device to allow the driver to safely make calls, send messages, use navigation, access a customizable calendar and operate the sound system via voice controls. 

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Why a Vehicle History Report is Important

Vehicle history reports can play an important role in the car buying process because they provide the buyer with important information on the vehicle. They can also mean the difference between buying a good, reliable vehicle and a lemon. At DCH Tustin Acura, we offer vehicle history reports for customers interested in purchasing a vehicle.

You can get a basic vehicle history report or an advanced subscription VHR. The basic one provides information such as previous owners, odometer readings, accident history, service history, liens

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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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How to Jump Start Another Car

If you have ever been stuck on the road with a dead battery, you know how frustrating it can be to wait for someone to help or get expensive roadside assistance to get you back on the road. If you have a set of jumper cables, you may be able to get back on the road quickly instead. Jumper cables are necessary to jump-start a dead battery, so if they didn’t come with your car, you should purchase a set for just this reason.

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