A Look at Your Vehicle's Transmission

A transmission is not the first thing that comes to mind when you look at a vehicle. However, this is one of the most important components of any car, truck, SUV, or minivan. Let's take a look at what a transmission does on your vehicle. 

The Role of the Transmission
Your vehicle has a number of gears on it much like a bicycle. A transmission controls which gear the vehicle is in. Most vehicles have automatic transmissions while some have manual transmissions. A properly operating transmission will give your quick shifts to allow you to accelerate faster. 

 

Read More
Categories:

Basic Components of Your Vehicle's Headlights

As the sun goes down in Johnston, you flip a switch and suddenly the road in front of you is illuminated. Although this process seems simple, your headlights are actually precision-engineered components that are designed to maximize the available light. A few parts in particular are helpful in this process.

Reflector
If you've ever looked at a headlight and noticed a shiny surface in the background, you've seen the reflector. The reflector is a mirrored plastic or metal surface
 

Read More
Categories:

Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to Be Repaired

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of your car. If your brake pedal is not working properly, then there are several signs that you may notice. You may notice that your brakes are making unusual noises, such as squeaking, grinding and screeching. These noises occur because the brakes are worn out.

You may also notice that the car vibrates when you apply the brakes. Additionally, the brake pedal may be less effective. You may notice that the brake pedal feels squishy when you press down on it.

 

Read More
Categories:

Roadside Emergency Kits

You never know when you may be stuck on the side of the road. The good news is that if you have a roadside emergency kit, then it will be easier for you to deal with the unexpected. You will need to have a properly inflated tire because a flat tire is one of the most common road issues that drivers have. You will also need a tripod jack and wheel wrench.

Jumper cables are something else that you will need to have. They can help you restart your car if the battery goes dead. A first aid kit is…

Read More
Categories:

What's The Difference Between Oversteer And Understeer?

The feel of your vehicle while its driving is really important. That's why it's important to take a vehicle at Acura of Johnston out for a test drive. You want to make sure that you like how everything functions while it's in motion. When it comes to how a specific vehicle steers, you'll have to pay close attention to oversteer and understeer. Not sure what these two things are? Read on to find out more.

Oversteering refers to your vehicle moving more than you would expect when you turn the steering wheel. It doesn't take…

Read More
Categories:

What You Need To Know About Gaskets

A gasket is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. However, you may not be sure about what a gasket is supposed to do. Here is a look at what you know about your vehicle's gaskets.

Protective Barriers For Your Vehicle's Critical Components

Quite simply, a gasket is a protective seal that separates the moving and non-moving parts of your vehicle. These seals help keep out everything from dirt to particles to other foreign objects.

The Many Types of Gaskets

There are many different types of gaskets found inside your vehicle. 

Read More
Categories:

Difference between a 'doughnut' and full-size spare tire

You may have heard the term "doughnut" used to describe a spare tire. Such a tire is what's known as a compact temporary spare, and it is much different than a full-size spare tire.

If your vehicle has a compact temporary spare, then you can only use it for a short period of time. These types of spare tires are meant to serve only in an emergency when you have a flat or blowout. It's recommended that you drive no more than 50 miles with one of them on. Full-size spare tires, on the other hand, are regular…

Read More
Categories:

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.

Read More
Categories:

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…
Read More
Categories:

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.

 

Read More
Categories: