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Do You Have a Child? Let Us Explain IIHS LATCH Evaluations

When it comes to automotive safety, nothing is more important than safeguarding the lives of young children. That is why the car safety experts at DCH Tustin Acura are actively educating motorists with small children about the importance of a vehicle’s LATCH system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluates each vehicle’s LATCH child-safety seat installation system based on its overall ease-of-use in properly securing a carseat.  

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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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What Are Cabin and Engine Air Filters Used For?

Our team here at DCH Tustin Acura want to be sure that you and your family have the cleanest environment and the smoothest ride possible every time you get into your car. That is exactly why we thought that it would be helpful to share a few of the basics related to engine and cabin air filters.

First, both filters do essentially the same thing. They both remove particulate matter, dirt, grime, and other things from the air. The cabin filter ensures that you have clean air circulating into the vehicle while the engine air filter makes sure that clean…

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What Are Cabin and Engine Air Filters Used For?

Our team here at DCH Tustin Acura want to be sure that you and your family have the cleanest environment and the smoothest ride possible every time you get into your car. That is exactly why we thought that it would be helpful to share a few of the basics related to engine and cabin air filters.

First, both filters do essentially the same thing. They both remove particulate matter, dirt, grime, and other things from the air. The cabin filter ensures that you have clean air circulating into the vehicle while the engine air filter makes sure that clean…

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The Most Common Headlight Replacement Situations

One simple housing flaw can dramatically effect how efficiently a headlight shines. If your automobile has a minor or severe crack, you should take it to a reputable shop immediately to ensure total safety in dark environments.

There are many things that can crack a headlight. For example, as a headlight shines, heat builds up around its housing. This heat can produce small cracks on vulnerable portions of a headlight. The degree of the damage will vary depending on a bulb's strength. 

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What Does Your Timing Belt do?

Properly maintaining your vehicle's engine can go a long way to keeping it running on the road. One of the essential components of your vehicle is the timing belt, and our team here at DCH Tustin Acura is ready to fill you in on how to properly maintain and service this component.

The timing belt works to keep your vehicle's camshaft and crankshaft synchronized and in turn, keep your engine running. If the belt broke while on the road, it could cause engine damage and your car would shut down. 

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Simple Steps to Replace Your Wiper Blades

Windshield wipers are more important than you may realize. Windshield wipers improve your visibility of the road by clearing your windshield during unfavorable weather, such as rain and snow. It is important to properly maintain and replace your windshield wiper blades promptly to prevent accidents.

To replace your vehicle's wiper blades, determine the size of the blades. Information regarding your windshield wipers can be found in your car's owner manual. Detach the old wiper blades by lifting the arm of the wiper away from the windshield. 

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Why It's Important to Wash Your Car

Our team here at DCH Tustin Acura knows how much thought you put into selecting your vehicle. We want you to know how to protect your investment. Washing your car is a great way to protect its appearance and preserve its resale or trade-in value.

A clean car will maintain its showroom appearance much longer than a neglected car. If you wash your car weekly, you can protect its finish and paint from the contaminants it's exposed to daily. If this isn't something you can do from home, commercial car washes often offer reasonable rates. 

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Consider Spring Maintenance

Take advantage of the spring weather by maintaining a few points on your vehicle. Go ahead and change your oil and the filter because it's about three or four months between cold winter weather and the warmer temperatures in spring. While DCH Tustin Acura is changing your oil, get the other fluids in your vehicle checked as well to ensure that they are full.

Test your battery to make sure it still has the necessary charge for warmer weather. If you notice that it might not have the correct charge or if some of the components are impacted, then…

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