Understanding Recall Notices

Even a top vehicle manufacturer might discover a particular make suffers from a defect. Problems with a part could undermine the vehicle's overall safety, so the manufacturer issues a recall. Essentially, a recall notice tells drivers to bring the vehicle to the dealership for repairs.

Concerns about paying for repairs may worry drivers, but there is nothing to feel any concern over. Recalls do not come with any costs since the manufacturer is at fault. Rules for recall repairs come from federal law and regulations.

 

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Tips From Our Acura of Laurel Team for Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child

How do you even begin to choose the right car seat? Our Acura of Laurel team gets this question quite often. Here's a quick rundown of our best tips to help you out.

Age, Weight, Height and Safety Standards

Before comparison shopping, keep your baby's age, weight and height in mind. For children to 2 years of age, always use a rear-facing seat. Be sure your child's weight doesn't exceed the allowed weight limit of the seat. For older or heavier children:

  • Use a forward-facing seat for children over 2 years old or more than 40…
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Is Your Car Ready For Winter Driving?

Having an accident or getting stranded is something no one wants to have to deal with, especially in inclement weather. These winter car care tips can help prevent that from happening. You’ll want to take them seriously and take the necessary steps to get your car ready ahead of time.

Cold weather reduces the cranking power of your battery by as much as 50%. To make sure your car’s battery is ready for cold weather, have the Acura of Laurel technicians check your battery and add fluids if necessary. They can even tell you if its time to…

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Know How Your Brake Pads Work with These Notes from Acura of Laurel

Although brake pads are among the smaller parts on a vehicle, they are one of the most vital components that keep you safe on the road around Laurel. If you've ever wondered exactly how these little pieces come together to help you slow down and come to a stop, we've compiled everything you need to know below.

As your foot puts pressure on the brake pedal, a cylinder is engaged and sends brake fluid to the calipers. Once the calipers have brake fluid, they seize the brake pads to put pressure on the rotor, effectively slowing or stopping…

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Why Your Engine May Be Overheating

At Acura of Laurel, one of our goals is to help Laurel drivers keep their vehicles in good shape. If you're engine is overheating, it's imperative to have it serviced immediately to avoid permanent damage. What are some signs that let you know your engine is overheating? Let's find out.

The engine temperature gauge will move into the red zone if you're engine is overheating. One sign of engine overheating is steam emerging from under the hood, and a strange smell that comes from the engine is another indicator of overheating.

 

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Common Reasons Why Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated After Filling Your Tires With Air

Even after filling all four of your tires with air, you may notice that the tire pressure monitoring system isn't going off. The first thing you should do is take your vehicle for a little spin. Many makes and models require you to drive a few miles before the light will reset itself. If it still doesn't go off, resist the urge to overfill your tires. These could be the issues:

  • A malfunctioning tire pressure system could be throwing out alerts when the pressure levels in all four tires are fine.
  • You could have a screw or piece…
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Tips for Safe Cargo Loading In Your SUV

Whether you're making a big furniture or equipment purchase or packing up your vehicle and heading out of town, we at Acura of Laurel want to make sure that you have loaded your SUV correctly. Be sure that you know the weight limits for your SUV, and do not exceed them. Not only is this unsafe, but your fuel efficiency will suffer.

Also for safety reasons, you need to place heavy items near the front and the bottom of the vehicle to keep your center of gravity low. 

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Charging a Car Battery

The process of charging a dead car battery is straightforward because it involves hooking up a charger. You only need to know the terminal to remove first if you have to remove the battery, how long the charging take, and the terminal that should be hooked first on your battery charger.

Before getting into how we can charge a car battery at home, we need to understand how we should prepare to charge them. It is a straightforward step to get shocked if your battery does not have juice. Before you begin the charging process, and you will have to…

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Why Car Wax is So Important

When you buy a new car or even a "new' used car, it looks shiny and luxurious, and you want to keep it that way. Your first step towards that goal is to wash it regularly. However, as important as washing is for your car, waxing it regularly is equally if not more important. Come to Acura of Laurel to check out our car maintenance supplies and get tips on car waxing. Car waxing is important for several reasons.

  • It makes the car look better. 
  • It provides your vehicle with a high glossy finish that makes it shine.
  • It brings…
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The Importance of Cabin & Engine Air Filters

We’ve all heard about automotive filters and the importance of changing them regularly, but many drivers aren’t sure which filters they need to change since there are so many inside the vehicle. Two very important filters are the cabin air filter and the engine air filter. While they’re both “air” filters, they are two very different filters, and each have their own role. You can check them both out at Acura of Laurel or allow our technicians to inspect them for you.

The cabin air filter, much like the filter in your furnace, traps dirt, dust and…

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