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Protect Your Car From Rodents With These Techniques

You spend a lot of time and money ensuring that your vehicle is running at tip-top shape, and it's a shame when rodents make their new nests under the roof of your car. A single mouse or rat can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage, and they can even make your car unsafe to drive. Here are a couple of ways to deter rats.

There's a tape that deters rodents, and it looks like electrical tape and is infused with capsaicin, which is an ultra-hot spice. Put in around electrical wiring and rodents will think twice about…
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The Importance of Getting A Car Cover

You have just purchased or leased your new vehicle and thinking about getting a car cover. That's an excellent idea! We here at Acura of Johnston want to ensure that you know the best ways to keep your vehicle protected from the elements and unwanted intrusions.

Did you know that strong UV rays from the sun can actual damage your vehicle? That's right. Paint and rubber parts could fade over time. Rain could also be a nuisance when water gets into certain parts. Water spots can be difficult to remove if they are left baking in the sun…
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What is an automotive recall?

When you’re a driver, it’s important to stay on top of auto recalls. At Acura of Johnston, we’ll keep you in the loop with all of the latest recalls.

A recall will come from the auto manufacturer or the NHTSA if there is a safety issue with a particular model or models. The recall will identify the make, model, and model year that is affected. In some instances, it is limited to a certain number of VINs. They will identify what the safety issue is and what’s going on.

Once a recall has affected your vehicle…
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Why Opt for a Crossover?

The term crossover was once applied to compact SUVs, minivans, station wagons and similar vehicles. Today, the term is usually associated with a compact SUV. There are many reasons why some people prefer this type of vehicle.

The mechanical and electrical technology found on today's crossovers ensure that occupants enjoy a more comfortable ride and a vehicle that is easier to maneuver. The aesthetic style is such that the vehicles provide all of the comforts of a traditional car. However, they have more interior space and are higher off of the ground, which enhances road visibility.
 

 

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Tips for Finding a Quality Mechanic

When it comes to your vehicle, you want to protect the investment that you've made. Working with a trustworthy mechanic can help in many ways. Through this partnership, you can effectively address any issues that might arise, you can usually get more for your buck, and you can have peace of mind knowing that a qualified professional is looking out for you.

Professionals who have proper training typically hold certifications. This proves that they've passed certain education courses and have the requisite skills...
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4 Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

If you find any of these warning signs for tire issues, get a skilled tire technician to inspect them for serious issues.
  1. When you see low tire tread, this could be a serious issue that needs to be addressed today. Low tread means you can't stop in time or get the appropriate tire grip on wet roads.
  2. The concern with cracked tires is that they could be an instant away from a blowout. If you inspect the tires a few seconds each day before driving you could identify this concern easily.
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How to Check Your Car Battery's Voltage

During the chilly winter months of the year, it is not uncommon to find that your car has a dead battery in the morning. You can keep tabs on the battery's life by checking it. To do this, you need a voltmeter.

Turn off your car, and make sure its lights are off. Connect the voltmeter's red terminal to your battery's red or positive terminal. Connect the voltmeter's black lead to the battery's negative terminal. If the voltmeter's readout is 12.4 or higher, your car battery has a good charge....

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Protecting Yourself and Your Vehicle Against Hydroplaning

As one of the most dangerous driving conditions on the road, hydroplaning occurs when water accumulates in front of a vehicle's tires more quickly than the weight of the car can remove it. To protect yourself against hydroplaning, it is important to choose quality tires for your vehicle. If you notice rain accumulating on the road, it is recommended to slow down and avoid sudden accelerations. Do not rely on cruise control during periods of rain. The majority of hydroplaning accidents occur during the beginning stages of the rainfall.

The safety experts at Acura of Johnston are...
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Tips for Installing a Child Safety Seat Correctly

Have you been thinking of installing a child safety seat? There are a few things you need to know before you get started.

Make sure you select the right size seat. A seat that is too small or too large will not be effective in protecting your child properly. Read the labels to determine which seat should be used for your child. You will need to know your child's age, height, and weight to select a model.

It's also important that you place the car seat in the backseat of the vehicle. This ensures your child will be…

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What is Brake Fluid Used For?

Brake fluid, which is also called hydraulic fluid, is an important substance that helps to keep your vehicle's braking system in optimal shape. It lies within the brake lines, and it is vital because if your automobile doesn't have brake fluid, you won't be able to stop the car when you apply pressure to the brake pedal. You can find out more about brake fluid by reading our content below.

Brake fluid is made with a silicone-base or a glycol-base. When vehicles come equipped with an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), it will probably need glycol-based brake fluid…

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