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Your Alternator Explained

Did you know that your car's battery does not necessarily power all of the electrics in your car? This work is done by the car's alternator, which charges the car's battery.

Your car's alternator is very similar to a generator. Once the car's engine makes the wheels under its hood turn, a crank wheel on the alternator is turned to create energy. Your alternator and car battery are closely linked together, which means that it can be confusing to tell whether it is one or both that are causing an issue with your car's…
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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

If you have been noticing that your vehicle isn't handling the road like it normally does, then you might want to look into whether or not your tires are in need of replacement. There are some common signs that indicate tires are nearing the end of their life. Let's take a closer look:
  • The tread on all four of your tires will be low when they are almost out of life. You can check the tread by inserting an upside-down penny into the treads. If you see all of Lincoln's head then it's time to start…
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Tips to Removing Vehicle Badges

Most vehicles come with a badge or decal that indicates the type of car being driven. It may also indicate where the car was purchased. However, they are simple to remove, and you can find the exact steps by looking at your owner's manual.

As a general rule, they are held on the vehicle by some form of adhesive. To remove the adhesive, simply use a hair dryer or hot water to soften it. From there, the badge should come off of the vehicle with little effort. It is important to keep the badge in good condition as it…

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The Right Way to Install a Child Safety Seat

Car seats serve an important purpose, which is to keep children safe when they are riding in a vehicle. However, when a car seat isn't positioned correctly, it can increase the risk of an injury in the event of a crash. Our team at Acura of Honolulu would like to help you keep your child safe. We invite you to read our summary below on how to properly install a child safety seat.

The car seat manual should always be used to help you install it and always place it in the back seat to maximize safety. Your vehicle…

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Make Your Car Sparkle and Shine Once Again

Even the most well-maintained cars will end up with nicks and scratches to the paint thanks to the rigors of everyday driving. Fortunately, it is easy to touch up these imperfections and get your car looking just as new as the day you bought it. Tools such as micro-applicators and paint syringes are ideal for small touchup jobs. A spot-sanding tool and wax and grease removers are needed to fix scratches and paint chip irregularities. All of these tools are readily available at most auto parts stores.

The vehicle maintenance experts at Acura of Honolulu are well-equipped with the tools…
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Equipping Your Vehicle for Any Roadside Emergency

You can never predict when a vehicle breakdown may occur. However, always being prepared for a roadside emergency can help lessen the stress. In the event of a tire blowout or any other emergency, it is advised to stay as far away from traffic as possible. An emergency kit complete with flares and triangles will come in handy if you cannot get your vehicle away from oncoming traffic. Other essentials to keep in your car include a first aid kit and tool set.

The roadside emergency experts at Acura of Honolulu welcome the opportunity to help you prepare yourself and…
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Best Reasons to Buy a Crossover Vehicle

Unknown a few short decades ago, the crossover vehicle is now one of the most popular car classes on the road today. Its versatility is just one reason for this increased popularity.

Compact and economical compared to their larger SUV counterparts, the crossover vehicle offers drivers plenty of options that are lacking in other vehicle styles. With extra passenger capacity and cargo space, crossovers still manage to deliver luxury options that are lacking in full-size SUVs. They also offer improved fuel efficiency even when towing loads. Crossovers give sedans a run for...

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Should You Clay New Cars?

Here at Acura of Honolulu, we know your car is a big investment and we're here to help you take care of it for many years of lasting beauty.

New cars spend a lot of time sitting before they ever make it to the dealership. They are stored in lots, shipping docks, and other places where they're exposed to industrial waste. They're exposed to more contaminants when they're transported by train and truck.

Claying that new car is a great idea to remove all the grime and dirt your car was exposed to before it made…

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The Effect of Extreme Temperatures on Battery Life

Most drivers just assume that their vehicle’s battery will work whenever it’s needed, but that may not be the case in hot or cold conditions. If you live in or plan to visit an area that experiences extreme heat or cold, keep the following facts in mind.

Heat and cold affect batteries in different ways. Even a seemingly small temperature drop can impact a battery’s ability to produce the charge that’s needed to start a vehicle. At the other extreme, a temperature increase of just 15 degrees reduces the life of the battery by increasing the…

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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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