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Simple Yet Effective Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout on Your Car

Avoiding a blowout with one of the tires on your car is easy if you know how. Here are a few of the things to lookout for concerning the treads of the tires.

At least weekly if not daily, spend a few minutes scanning the surface of each car tire for obstructions in the treads. Never remove that screw or nail, always have a tire technician take a closer look and remove and plug the hole correctly.

Looking at the tire treads, pay very close attention to things like bulges or cracks....
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Your Starter Might Be Going Out

When your vehicle won't start in the morning when you are heading out for work, it definitely makes you feel depressed. You might assume you have a battery issue, but your car's starter might be bad instead.

Your vehicle has a starter solenoid. This part allows current from the battery to work the starter motor so that your car will turn over. If the starter solenoid is bad, your car will not start. If you hear your starter cranking, but it doesn't turn over, your starter gear is probably not making a connection with the flywheel. If…

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Restoring your headlights

You rely on your headlights to see the road ahead at night, but what do you do when they start to be cloudy or scratched? Our team here at Acura of Honolulu) understand how important it is to keep your car in working order, and here are some tips for restoring your headlights.

The toothpaste that you use on your teeth can also be used to restore your headlights. Apply the toothpaste to the headlights and use a rag and warm water to scrub the lens until it’s cleaned up.

 

 
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Common Myths Surrounding Motor Oil


You might have heard a lot of different things about motor oil through the years, and you might be curious to know which things are truth and which are fiction. We are here to clear up some of the common myths about motor oil that you might have been led to believe as truth.

You might have heard that motor oil is for sure bad and ready for a change when it is black in color. That is not always true as the oil will become black from use but the color does not necessarily signify anything bad. You might…
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Car Belts and Hoses Warning Signs of Failure

If the belts and hoses on your vehicle are close to failing, they tend to exhibit warning signs that will give you plenty of time to make the repair, if you know what to look for.

The hoses carry fluids from the engine to other parts and back, and need to be in top shape or leaks and then overheating will occur. The hoses usually will appear to have cracks on the surface or be very brittle. Feel for soft spots or bulges in the rubber too.

Belts must be in top form to easily power parts like the water…
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Knowing When It's Time For Tire Replacement

The place where the “rubber meets the road” is one of the most important for car performance and driver safety. Spotting problems with tires that signal the need for replacements is relatively simple. Every driver in Honolulu should visually inspect their car’s tires on a regular basis, or whenever a change in the “feel” of driving a car shifts suddenly.

One of the simplest visual methods for tire inspection is standing in front of your car, while looking at each tire’s side walls. Any prominent bulges indicate weak spots from wear. Also, take note of the brand lettering…
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The Importance of Checking Your Tire Pressure

When it comes to the tires on your vehicle, pressure is important. If you drive your car around with tires that have low pressure, you are going to wear down your tires quickly. Tires that are not inflated properly are at risk to pop when driving down the road.

If you have your tire pressure light go on in the car, it's time to check the pressure of all four tires. Check your owner's manual to see what the correct pressure of your tires should be. Add air to any tire that isn't up to the right…
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Brake Pads: Know Your Options

There is no one-type-fits-all when it comes to brake pads for your vehicle. There are three main types of pads manufactured for the standard automobile. These options include a semi-metallic, organic, and ceramic pad. Understanding how these options are made and why goes the distance when it comes to allowing you to make the most informed decision possible when choosing brake pads for your vehicle.

Made from metal fibers such as copper, steel, and brass, semi-metallic brake pads are universal...

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How Alternators Generate Current

Alternators generate enough power to run every electrical unit in a vehicle. The process of generating that power is called electromagnetism. To produce that power requires three principal parts and a voltage regulator.

  • The rotor consists of a magnet or a group of tiny magnets that spin inside the alternator housing within the confines of repeated windings of fine copper wire.
  • The copper wire assembly is called a stator. When the magnets spin against the stator, they create a magnetic field that generates an electrical current in the copper wiring.
  • The copper wires are connected to a...
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Keep Windshield Wiper Fluid In Your Vehicle And Drive With Clear Visibility


Keeping your windshield clear for proper visibility is a critical safety factor. Some individuals prefer to fill the reservoir meant for windshield wiper fluid with water, but this can cause serious issues.

Windshield wiper fluid will not freeze at as high a temperature as water making it a safer option. When water sits in your windshield wiper fluid reservoir, it will become stagnant. This can enable the growth of dangerous bacteria, and become a health risk for the driver. The detergents and solvents contained in windshield wiper fluid are more effective...
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