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Keep your fuel system going with these tips and signs

The fuel pump works to deliver fuel from gas tank to engine, and when it starts to break down, it can cause damage to your vehicle and even leave you stranded. Our team here at Acura of Laurel understands the importance of knowing the signs so that you can get your car in for repairs before it gets too serious.

If you're cruising down the highway and feel your engine sputter, this can be a sign that your fuel pump is having issues with maintaining a proper fuel pressure. This will typically happen at high speeds and goes back…

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Full-Size vs. Donut Spare Tires Explained

Flat tires happen. Objects on the road can puncture a tire, so be prepared. Having a spare tire in the trunk provides a way to get back on the road. Be aware that a temporary tire is much different from a full-size spare tire, though.

Called a "donut," a smaller temporary tire is only intended to help the driver cover short distances and relatively slow speeds. People use the tire to get to a shop where they can purchase a replacement tire. Driving around on a donut is neither safe nor wise, as they can suffer a blowout at high…

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Easy Tweaks: Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Over the life of your vehicle, there are many parts that require attention and replacement. Typically, your owner's manual contains a suggested factory recommended maintenance schedule. According to most schedules, windshield wiper blade replacement is advisable at least once or twice annually. The seasoned techs in our Acura of Laurel service department agree. Here's why.

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Time to Replace Your Tires? Here is How to Know

Replacing your tires is never something that you want to do, however, it is imperative to your safety and for the longevity of your vehicle that you do so.

One of the easiest ways to discern if your tires need replacing is to perform the penny test. Simply stick a penny with Lincoln's head upside-down and place it between the tread blocks. You will know it is time to look at new tires if you can see the top of Lincoln's head. Other signs to look for include cracks on the sidewall, bulges and blisters appearing on the…

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Overview of How to Clean Your Car’s Engine

In order to ensure that your engine optimally functions, you need to be certain that you keep it clean. There are some facts to bear in mind when it comes to cleaning your engine.

You may need to scrub different elements of your engine to remove grease and debris. Accomplishing a proper scrubbing may require synthetic bristles and perhaps even degreaser. Do not use a brush with metallic bristles because that can damage elements of your engine. Once the scrubbing process is completed, you need to thoroughly rinse your engine using fresh water.

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Understanding Belts & Hoses: Warning Signs

Do you need preventive maintenance, or have you noticed issues with your car’s belts and hoses? You may be in need of service if you notice a reduction of power, screeching noises, vibrations, leaking undercarriage, or noticeable overheating. All of these are signs that you may have an issue with a belt or hose.

Most belts and hoses should be checked every 3,000 miles, which is why most service departments check them with an oil change. Typical checks include inspection for glazing, fracturing, softening, and peeling. You may need to have your pulley alignment checked...

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The Six Most Common Fluid Leaks You May Find

We want you to be an informed vehicle owner and to understand how your vehicle works as much as possible, so today we will be going over the most common types of fluid leaks.

When it comes to fluid leaks, there are six common ones that you may find:
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• Water
• Motor Oil
• Transmission Fluid
• Coolant
• Gas/Differential Fluid
• Power Steering Fluid

A water leak is most likely from your air conditioning system, especially if it's a hot and humid day
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Motor Oil: Filtering Fact From Fiction

Servicing your car can be a real headache, but it doesn't have to be. One thing that clients often stress about is whether they're being taken advantage of. At Acura of Laurel, we can't stand the thought of that. That's part of the reason we've compiled a shortlist of common motor oil myths.

Contrary to popular opinion, you don't necessarily need to change your oil every 3,000 miles. In fact, many models have a much higher mile ceiling to hit before a change is necessary. Check your owner's manual for an exact…

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Washing A Vehicle Matters More Than You Think

Washing your car is not something that you have to think about literally every day, but it is something that is important to do. You need to consider this to be a part of the overall maintenance that you put into this thing. This is because there is no question that a car wash makes it easier to maintain the quality of your vehicle in the long run.

A car wash is not just about making your car look nicer, it is also about keeping dirt, dust, and grime away from a precious investment. You should try to take your…

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Sliding To Perfection

Have you been on a slick icy road before? If so, there is a good chance that you have encountered a slide. There are a few different ways to avoid sliding during these occasions. You need avoid hitting your brakes, turn into the slide, stay calm, and try not to over correct.

The number one mistake most people make while sliding on ice is slamming on brakes. Hitting your brakes can cause you to lose control and to spin out. Instead of hitting your brakes, take your foot off the gas and turn into the slide. If your rear tires…

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