Signs That Your Fuel System Is Failing

Your fuel system includes your fuel pump. This is the critical part that sends gas to your engine from the fuel tank. Here are some warning signs that your fuel pump is failing.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency

Some fuel pumps will have a valve relief. If that value relief is not opening properly, then it will send more fuel to the engine than needed. That wasted fuel can lead to decreased fuel efficiency.

Engine Not Turning Over

?Your engine not starting could be due to a number of reasons.

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Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings 101

Motor oil keeps your engine lubricated and clean, helping it run smoothly in all kinds of weather. To do this, motor oil must have a range of viscosity that's not too thick in winter and not too thin in summer. Viscosity ratings provide this information about each kind of motor oil available on the shelf.

The Basics of Ratings

You've seen and probably purchased the standard 10W-30 motor oil on numerous occasions. The "W" stands for winter, denoting cold. The first number indicates a viscosity of 10 at any time the engine is cold and 30 when the…
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Be Ready for a Roadside Emergency

Are you up for the task of dealing with a roadside emergency? Answer truthfully long before an unfortunate situation plays out. Cars do suffer from flat tires and mechanical failures. That’s one reason why it’s best to have a vehicle routinely inspected.

Even a relatively simple multi-point inspection could uncover problems. Correcting issues with, say, the lights could improve driving at night. Eliminate problems in advance and reduce the chance of a disaster. Some emergencies may be avoidable.

 

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What is Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic oil is an oil that is created from chemical compounds. That means that this oil does not occur in nature. On the other hand, conventional oil is directly created from crude oil and is treated with chemical additives.

One of the biggest differences between synthetic oil and conventional oil is that synthetic oil will have extra lubricants in its overall formula. This is used to extend the life of the oil. Also, synthetic oil is designed to work at higher temperatures. 

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Facts About Summer Tires and All-Season Tires

There are many types of tires around today, but summer tires and all-season tires are the two most popular tire choices. Our professionals at Acura of Johnston want you to be as informed as possible when it’s time to purchase new tires. The choice between all-season tires and summer tires depends on many factors, including weather, road conditions and driving habits.

Summer Tires:
• Are known for great performance
• Provides excellent cornering, braking and acceleration
• Do better in rain
• Do better in heat
• Do not offer traction in winter
• Performs best in temperatures above 44 degrees
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Preparing Your Vehicle for the Winter Ahead

Driving during winter weather conditions presents its own set of unique challenges that you must overcome in order to have a safe experience out on the roads of Johnston. You can prepare for the conditions by ensuring that your vehicle is ready for the road ahead.

Because it is more difficult for car batteries to function during cold weather, you should perform a volt test prior to the temperatures dropping. It is also important to make sure that your vehicle is always equipped with the proper amounts of fluids such as antifreeze, washer fluid, and gasoline. 

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Salt Corrosion Is Real: How Can You Protect Your Vehicle?

Your vehicle may suffer from salt corrosion if you don't take quick action to battle back against this enemy. A lot of roads are salted as the winter months approach and the threat of snow and ice become a bigger deal. Make sure you don't let it impact your vehicle.

Wash Your Vehicle Immediately - You need to wash your vehicle as soon as possible after you understand that it has driven through an area with salt on the roads. This is not just about the look of the vehicle but about getting the salt off of it right…

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Touch up Your Paint Job Like a Pro

Here are a few good pointers for touching up the paint on your vehicle. Because at Acura of Johnston we want you to be an educated vehicle owner. Let's start with the basics:

Clean the Surface

When painting you must clean the desired area to get rid of any dirt that could ruin the touch up.

Lightly Sand Area

Use 220 grit sandpaper for light scratches and 600 grit or above on heavy scratches; sand the surface down minimally to create the perfect bonding surface.

Apply the Paint

?Once you have a...

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Do Something Good For Your Car And The Environment By Properly Maintaining Your Muffler And Exhaust

Whether your vehicle has just failed an emissions test or happens to be exceedingly noisy, repairing and properly maintaining your muffler and exhaust system is key to keeping your auto in good condition. Johnston drivers should also practice diligence in this area in an effort to reduce their impact on the natural environment. At Acura of Johnston, we're committed to helping motorists understand just how important the exhaust system is.

Discover The Benefits Of A Properly Maintained Exhaust System

One of the most common...
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Control Pet Hair in Your Vehicle with These Tips

Don't let pet hair ruin the interior of your vehicle. You also don't have to leave your pets at home if they enjoy a good car ride now and again. Here are some tips to help you keep your interior clean.
  • Keep lint brushes on hand at all times. You can use them on your clothing, but also on your seats and floor mats.
  • Use a seat cover or even an old blanket to protect your seats. You can remove the cover and wash it when you're home again.
  • Vacuum your vehicle regularly. If you don't…
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