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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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Alternator Facts

Most people believe that the battery in a vehicle runs the ignition and all the electrical features of a car, such as the lights, the heater, or the window activators. Such an assumption is false. The battery provides the initial spark to start an engine, after that, it is the alternator that supplies power for continued ignition and all the other electrical aspects of a vehicle.

The alternator runs off the belt system powered by the engine crank. Once the car starts, the alternator begins generating the necessary current to recharge the draining battery, power the lights, provide...

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Brake Pads - What Kind Do You Need?

Brake pads are one of the lesser expensive automotive parts yet are very vital for your vehicle. It’s important to always have good brake pads on your vehicle. Give us a call at Acura of Johnston or stop in and talk to our technicians if you think your brakes may need servicing.

Brake pads are an important part of our car’s brake system. Located between the rotor and caliper pistons, they prevent friction every time you step on the brake. It’s important that you get brake pads that are not only designed specifically for your car but…

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Benefits of SUVs

The SUV has gained popularity over the recent years. The manufacturers of the models have paid attention to the needs of the buyer, ensuring the vehicle is safe, spacious, and sturdy. Not sure whether to buy SUVs? Here are some of the reasons as to why you should buy an Acura SUV.

• Economical in Fuel usage. Unlike gas-guzzlers of the past, new SUVs are rated to achieve over 30 miles per gallon, and the owner can still enjoy the benefit of a large spacious vehicle.

• Safety is Key. SUVs are made to be vast, robust and commanding on the road…

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Why You Need Windshield Wiper Fluid This Winter


As the holidays approach, we can expect the weather to turn cold and snowy. With colder weather comes different driving conditions and different approaches to vehicle maintenance. One of the easiest ways to make sure your vehicle stays in tip-top shape this winter is to use manufacturer-approved windshield wiper fluid.

By using proper windshield wiper fluid in your vehicle, you can help make sure that your windshield cleaning system stays ice-free all winter. While some drivers choose to use water as a windshield cleaner, doing so puts you at risk for your tank and cleaning lines to...
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