Clay Bar Treatment 101

Have you ever wanted to see your car shine like new again? Getting your car detailed is just one way to do that. It takes away all the grime and dust that has dulled your paint on the inside and outside. When it comes to the exterior of your vehicle, there's more that you can do besides a good wax to bring out that natural luster and shine. You can also protect against some of the more common ingredients for paint dulling and corrosion. These include brake dust, metal dust, road debris, rust, and other corrosive chemicals.

Your car…
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The Reasons You Might Want to Buy a Crossover Vehicle?

There are several different crossover vehicle models on the market today. These types of vehicles are becoming increasingly popular as they provide more room than a car, but they are less costly to drive than a full-sized SUV. There are reasons that a crossover vehicle might be right for you.

A crossover vehicle provides the great traction that you are looking for in a full-size SUV. Crossovers usually are equipped with all-wheel drive. This will assist you in driving in inclement conditions. Crossover vehicles also are easier on the pocketbook....
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What Is Causing Your Soft, Spongy Brakes

Car problems can be scary. Brake issues should never be taken lightly. It's important to keep up with routine maintenance to avoid problems. Properly working brakes should feel firm when pressed.. If it feels soft, you could be in danger..

Brakes feel soft for a variety of reasons. The most common is air in the brake lines, which is resolved by bleeding the lines. Another common problem is rusted or worn parts, such as the brake lines, wheel cylinders, or disc brake calipers. Over time, they corrode, causing brake fluid leaks...

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Preparing to Drive Safely in the Rain

Driving in heavy rain can be scary even for the most experienced drivers. The more time you put into preparing your vehicle for rainy conditions, the more at ease you will be when driving. There are simple things you can do, such as checking tire pressure, tire tread, headlights and windshield wipers.

Once you are on the road in wet conditions, you should make sure that you are focused on the direction you want to be driving in. Looking around to avoid other objects can cause your car to swerve unexpectedly. Also, get out of cruise control mode so that…
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Common Signs of a Damaged Starter

While you don’t need to master every single facet of your vehicle, you should understand the general concepts behind the primary mechanical systems. You must also be able to identify some common signs that it might be time to have your vehicle serviced.

Drivers should always be wary of any unusual noises when they turn the key in the ignition. If the solenoid valve, starter, or distributor is damaged, then you might notice clicking or grinding noises when the vehicle first starts up. You also need to check under the vehicle once every few days for fluid leaks because…

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DIY Headlight Restoration Tips with Household Items

The crew here at Acura of Johnston want to show you how to save money restoring the headlights on your vehicle using everyday household items.

Take your tube of toothpaste and place a small dab on each headlight. Now use a moist cloth and rub in circular motions until you begin to see the lens clear. Remove any excess toothpaste with another cloth and you should not have to repeat the process for months.

Another household item that will help to clear the lens on your headlight is bug spray. The bug spray must contain DEET, in order for it…
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How to Pack Your Roadside Emergency Kit

These are just some of the items you'll want to pack in your roadside emergency kit to avoid troubles on the road.
  • Flashlights and plenty of new batteries are one item that is a must for any roadside emergency kit.
  • Tire fix-a-flat can get a flat tire up high enough so you are able to drive down to the gas station to have the issue looked at.
  • Extra fluids like oil and coolant are critical for topping off the engine and getting rolling to the service station.
  • Blankets will keep passengers warm while help is on the way.
  • Triangles…
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Myths Related to Motor Oil

We publish our blog to help you make better service decisions. Frequently, we encounter motor oil-related myths, so let's address a couple of those now.

Some folks believe that you can change your motor oil and reuse your oil filter. This myth can damage your car. Filters trap oil contaminants, and you do not want any of those to dislodge, ruining your clean oil and, potentially, your engine.

Another myth states that black oil requires an immediate oil change. In fact, motor oil must lubricate and clean engines, so new oil darkens long before you reach your next oil…

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When It's Time to Replace Your Timing Belt

The timing belt is important to the smooth running of your engine. If your timing belt breaks, you won't be able to drive your car. Timing belts last anywhere from 60,000-90,000 miles. Your timing belt should be checked during routine maintenance to make sure it's still in good shape.

Your timing belt is responsible for opening and closing valves in your engine, allowing it to run properly. Sometimes a snapped timing belt can cause significant damage to your engine.

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Signs Your Tires May Be Worn

There are many reasons why your vehicle's tires may need to be replaced. If they are old, it is possible that they have come to the end of their useful life. You can check to see if there is any tread left in the tire or if there are any gouges or cuts that could make them unsafe to use.

A tire may need to be replaced if it has not been rotated regularly. This is because improper rotation could lead to uneven wear that may lead to an uncomfortable ride. If a vehicle doesn't stop quickly enough…

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