What You Should Include In a Roadside Emergency Kit

If there's one thing that's certain about driving around Honolulu, it's that you never know what kind of conditions you're going to encounter. To keep you and your passengers safe while you drive, it's important to stow a roadside emergency kit in your vehicle at all times. Here are a few things that you'll see in the roadside emergency kits of the associates at Acura of Honolulu.

Traffic Control

If you get stuck on the side of the road, you need to be able to warn other motorists so that they don't collide…
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Safely Replacing A Flat Tire On Your Vehicle

Though a flat tire can be frustrating, it's something that you're likely to experience at some point during your driving career in Honolulu. To help get you back on the road quickly, it's important that you're aware of how to replace a flat tire, with or without assistance. This will give you the extra mileage you need to make it to Acura of Honolulu for further repairs.

You'll want to start by elevating your vehicle in the corner where the flat tire is located. Your car has specific jack points that you can find in…

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Basic Information About Mufflers and Exhausts

If you have a vehicle, then you probably know a little bit about your muffler and your exhaust system. However, you should have a more basic understanding of these parts of your vehicle. Here's a look at what you should know about your vehicle's muffler and exhaust.

What is a Muffler?

The muffler is the silencer of your exhaust system. Without the muffler, your exhaust system will make loud noises every type you drive your vehicle. A typical muffler will last five to seven years before it requires replacement.

 

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What's The Difference Between Oversteer And Understeer?

Oversteering and understeering are two terms applied depending on how the steering behaves. Oversteering will occur when the vehicle turns more than the driver's action it while understeering is becoming less than how the driver controls it. The two actions will arise depending on the vehicle’s steering angle and acceleration.

Both the understeer and the oversteer occurs as a because of the difference in slip angles between the front wheels and the rear. Slip angle is that angle difference between the wheel direction and the where the car is heading.

When it comes to understeering, 

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Signs That Your Fuel System Needs Immediate Repair

Do you know how your gas gets from your fuel tank to your engine? The part responsible is the fuel pump. If your fuel pump is not functioning properly, then you may have some performance issues with your vehicle. Left unchecked, you could have a complete engine breakdown. Here are some warning signs to look for.

Sputtering Vehicle At Higher Speed

The faster your vehicle goes, the more your fuel pump has to work. If your fuel pump is failing, it will have trouble feeding your engine with gas. This could lead to a sputtering vehicle and a potential breakdown…

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What Are the Different Spare Tires?

Once a car's tire goes flat, it needs replacing. Will you use a smaller-sized "donut" or a full-sized replacement? There's a big difference between the two.

A donut is a small-sized tire intended as a short-term replacement. Once this tire goes on the car, you need to travel slowly to a tire shop to get a full-size replacement. Donuts have limitations. They can explode at high speeds and are not meant for long-term driving

Some opt to keep full-sized tires in their vehicles. A matching full-sized tire provides an immediate replacement.

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The Choice Between All-Season Floor Mats and Carpet Floor Mats

There are many different types of vehicles on the market, which is why it's important to consider all different types of accessories for your ride. Some accessories make your vehicle fit your personality, but other products are designed to provide protection for your investment. If you're choosing between all-season floor mats and carpet floor mats, there's a few things to take into consideration.

Think about your lifestyle. Are you prone to hopping in your vehicle covered in mud and have ruined a floor mat or two? All-weather mats are probably going to be the better option for…

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Pet Care Car Cleaning Practices For a Cleaner Motor Vehicle

We all love our pets, but pet hairs can be downright pesky. To prevent having your vehicle littered with pet hair problems, consider the following:

1. Duct Tape: You read that correctly. Using duct tape is your inexpensive alternative to picking up pet hairs. Simply wrap the tape around your fingers, inside out, and voila! You can press the tape against the pet hairs to retrieve them quickly and effectively.

2. Gloves: Don't like the duct tape idea? Put on a pair of disposable gloves and lightly spray down your vehicle's upholstery. 
 

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Blind-Spot Monitor: Collision Avoidance Tech

Our Acura of Honolulu team is totally on board with the auto industry's ongoing mission to make cars safer and more responsive to real world road conditions. The blind-spot monitor epitomizes this mission's purpose. We love this nifty safety feature. Here's why.

Eyes in Back of Your Head

A blind-spot monitor effectively gives you eyes in back of your head while you're on the road in Honolulu or beyond. The monitor keeps track of your blind spots. It alerts you when a vehicle enters your blind spot or if you attempt to change lanes while there…
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A Look at Extreme Temperatures and Your Car Battery

One of the most significant factors that contributes to your car battery not functioning at peak efficiency is extreme weather. When temperatures become too hot or too cold, your car battery will not work to its optimal potential.

A car battery that exposed to outside temperatures of 92 degrees Fahrenheit on a consistent basis will last less than 50% as long as one typically exposed to temperatures at the 77 degree mark. The capacity of a traditional car battery drops by about 20% when exposed to freezing temperatures. Capacity drops even further as the temperature drops even lower.

 

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