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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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What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

Have you ever wondered why compact cars are so efficient? For one, they’re much smaller than an SUV, but it’s also about the way their drivetrain is configured. Small sedans, compact cars, and crossovers typically have a front-wheel drive (FWD) configuration. With an FWD, your vehicle is pulled forward by the front wheels. However, it’s the opposite with a rear-wheel drive configuration.

In an RWD vehicle, the car is pushed forward, resulting in quick acceleration. This is why so many sports cars have RWD and can get up to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. However…

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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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How a Winter Survival Kit Should Fit into Your Vehicle's Seasonal Prep

You have prepped your pantries for storms and power outages, stocked up your workplace with snacks in case of emergencies, and taught your family how to be prepared for anything—so, why should prep for your car be any different? Living in Laurel means wintry mixes during the colder months, and you don’t want to be stranded on the road somewhere during a pop-up snowstorm.

Here are a few things you should put in your winter survival kit for your vehicle:
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• Blankets and extra warm clothes, like winter boots, socks, gloves, and winter hats
• Car utility tools, like tow…
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Being Prepared for The Rain

If you are not getting snow, you might be getting rain in the winter. Either way, you need preparation for the rain so that you can avoid getting soaked and possibly catching something as a result. You also need to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for rainy weather.

For yourself, you are going to need a rain poncho. This is good for keeping the precipitation from hitting you for the most part. With a good rain poncho, you will be able to keep yourself relatively dry even in heavy rainstorms where things are getting soaked and flooded.

 

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How Often Should I Replace My Gaskets?

Gaskets are essential parts of your car. While they may be small, they have a big job. They help seal off different parts of your vehicle so liquids and fluids that the car needs, can be kept inside. Gaskets are made from rubber or different types of metals. They are designed specifically for each vehicle, so they can fit the parts tightly and create a secure seal. Most gaskets last for several years, but they can become damaged with time.

When gaskets become damaged, they can lose their seal and allow fluids to drop or soak through and leak. This…
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Properly Aligned Vehicles

When you're driving around Laurel, MD, you want the wheels on your car or truck to be properly aligned. Misaligned wheels can lead to a variety of issues and make your vehicle shake when it's traveling at high speeds. Acura of Laurel believes that regular alignments of your vehicle and lead to a comfortable and safe driving experience.

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