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What Exactly is Car Wax?

If you've taken your vehicle to a car wash, you may have wondered why you've been offered wax in addition to the actual wash. Wax is a protective barrier that can keep moisture, dust, and grime from penetrating your vehicle's exterior. At Acura of Honolulu, it's something that we recommend to anyone who wants to keep his or her car looking new for many years.

Wax used on vehicles can either be natural or synthetic. Some products are extracted from plants or other naturally found materials like coal, and others are made in factories...

 

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How to Charge a Car Battery

At Acura of Honolulu, we want everyone to know how to troubleshoot common issues with their vehicles. There may come a point at which your car battery stops working. In some cases, this is because you left the light on when you came home from work last night. In others, it is because the battery is old and needs to be replaced.

To determine the damage done, it's important to attempt to charge the battery. This can be done by unplugging your battery charger from the wall and turning it off. From there, place the red clamp on the…

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The Function Of The Tire Pressure Light


Many of the vehicles sold at Acura of Honolulu are equipped with tire pressure monitor systems. With these systems, there is a sensor in each tire. If the pressure becomes low, the driver receives a warning. What can cause the tire pressure light to come on?

The main cause of the light coming on is a tire that has been punctured and is leaking air. The light lets the driver know that a tire might be having a problem, and the driver needs to take action to deal with the problem tire.

Another reason that the light might come on…
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How a Backup Camera Operates


If you are looking for a newer vehicle, you may have more advanced safety features. A backup camera is a safety feature we at Acura of Honolulu like to show our customers how to use. Whether you are parking at a football game or traveling out of town, a backup camera can help you see behind your car when you are in reverse.

These cameras help you see objects or people that are in the way as you are trying to reverse. They are also good for parking in the city. Some advances in technology today provides some vehicles with…
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Matching Tow Ratings With Brake Ratings is Key to Safety

When it comes to properly configuring vehicular towing setups, is important for vehicular operators to select components that match and complement each other. While at first glance they may not seem to have much in common, vehicle braking systems and tow hitch ratings are actually subtly connected. As such, drivers who carefully match the towing and the braking capacities of their vehicles will be setting themselves up for future successes.

Towing hitches come in several ratings, and some of these hitches are capable of supporting between 8,000 and 18,000 pounds of cargo. 
 

 

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Can Rodents Cause Your Car to Break Down?

Breakdowns are very stressful as well as annoying. However, they can also be inevitable. Even if you drive carefully and make sure that you are on top of the maintenance, there are other factors that can influence how well your car is going to last. One common cause of a breakdown is due to rodent damage.

One thing that is a common occurrence is rodent damage. Rodents often find a way to access the engine and begin chewing on the wires. One thing that you should do is look at the area...

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Jump Start Another Car Safely

It's easy to jump start another car, but you have to pay attention to what you are doing. Jumper cables have red and black contacts, which match the red and black terminals on both vehicles. Turn off both cars and attach the cables carefully to the good vehicle first.

Be careful that you don't allow the two clamps on your jumper cables to touch once they are attached to the good battery. This will cause sparks and can damage your good vehicle. Attach the jumper cables one at a time to the bad battery. Match the red wire…
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Make Your Car Less Appealing to Thieves

Is there anything that delivers a greater shock to the system than finding your car missing one morning? Anger often sets in. Owners wonder why their car -- out of so many on the street -- was stolen. To cut down on the chances of this situation playing out, always follow established tips to deter thieves.

Locking the car and keeping the windows rolled up eliminate a gift to would-be thieves. Don't assume you can leave the car unlocked while you run into the store. 

 

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Learn What Makes an Auto-Dimming Mirror Work

Auto-dimming mirrors are truly one of the most innovative pieces of technology. They assist with driving safety everyday, but most people don't know how. Learning how auto-dimming mirrors work will help you appreciate them a lot more.

The purpose of auto-dimming mirrors is to overcome the Troxler Effect. This effect causes a blind spot in the driver's vision when presented with a bright light. The human eye reacts slower than the speed of the light. Thus, the eye may still register the light's sensation even after the other vehicle has left the scene.

 

 

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Why You Should Think About Buying a Hatchback

There are different vehicles out there that are calling out to you and you need to think about what you need from the car that you drive before you can seriously consider any one of them. Acura of Honolulu believes that a hatchback could be just what you are needing right now.

There are unique vehicles available when you look into hatchbacks. If you want to drive a vehicle that stands out more than the average sedan does, you should look into the various hatchbacks that are out there. There is a vehicle that you will love and that will…
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